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Mpumalanga Rhino's challenge to overcome batting woes
Northern Cape to win
Tournament: 4-Day Franchise Series 2022-23 | Format: 4-DAY TEST | Venue: White River Country Club, Mpumalanga, South Africa | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Mpumalanga Rhino shall be eying their first tournament win as they take on Northern Cape in the 4th match of the 4-Day Franchise Series 2022-23 at home. The Mpumalanga Rhino lost by a huge margin against the Tuskers in the last game, and their players must fight back to win here. Northern Rhinos would be confident after their big win against Limpopo.
The Mpumalanga Rhino went down by an innings margin in the last game. Their batters were at sea, failing to build partnerships. The team must overcome this as they can't afford another loss. The Northern Cape, confident with their win in the last game, shall come hard at them, making this contest interesting.
Yassar Cook's side made a disastrous start to the season as they went down by an innings and 72 runs against the Tuskers. Their batsmen couldn't stand up to Tusker's bowling attack during the follow-on. The side would have to improve in this game and offer a better show with the bat to regain their confidence.
Tumi Koto and Blake Schraader got starts in the last game, but the pair shall need to build on them in this game. The middle order was shaky, and the trio of Muhammed Mayet, Rubin Hermann, and Cook must add to the score. Benjamin van Niekerk, Alexander Kok, and Kieran Kenny must contribute with the bat since the top order hasn't looked at its best.
The bowling attack was ineffective in the last game, and they must deliver a better performance here. Jon Hinrichsen and Thula Ngcobo must bowl good lines in this game, with the new ball being the leading bowlers for the team. For the side to win, Alexander Kok, Kieran Kenny, and Muhammed Mayet must do well in the supporting role.
Yassar Cook (c), Tumi Koto, Blake Schraader, Muhammed Mayet, Rubin Hermann (wk), Benjamin van Niekerk, Alexander Kok, Kieran Kenny, Jon Hinrichsen, Thula Ngcobo, Lizo Makhosi
Ernest Kemm's side shall feel confident heading into this game. They have made an excellent start to the season with a 275-run win against Limpopo. Their batsmen and bowlers chipped in with good performances in the last game. Kemm shall aim to win this game by a big margin and reach the top of the points table.
Victor Bafana Mahlangu and Ernest Kemm are in good form and will aim for a big partnership at the top. The middle order looked in good shape in the last game, and the team shall expect runs from Jason Oakes, Rivaldo Moonsamy, and Grant Thomson. The side draws its strength from the lower middle order, where Johan van Dyk, Kelly Smuts, and Juan Landsberg have scored runs.
Tshepo Ntuli had a dream outing in the last game with 11 wickets, and he will be confident coming into this contest. The side would expect tight spells from Romano Terblanche and Grant Thomson with the new ball. Kemm, Johan van Dyk, and Andrew Rasemene make it a strong bowling attack that will make life tough for the opponents.
Ernest Kemm (c), Victor Bafana Mahlangu, Jason Oakes, Rivaldo Moonsamy (wk), Grant Thomson, Johan van Dyk, Kelly Smuts, Juan Landsberg, Romano Terblanche, Tshepo Ntuli, Andrew Rasemene
Weathermen predict overcast skies in Mpumalanga on the first day of the game. The conditions will be better in the following days. The wicket would be challenging to bat on, where fast bowlers are likely to dominate. The side batting first shall be happy to have 300 runs on the board in the 1st innings.
White River Country Club, Mpumalanga, offers a lot of assistance to the fast bowlers. But the shorter boundaries make it a good ground for the batsmen as they can easily play their strokes. Spinners don't have much on this track as the ball doesn't grip the surface, and they need to rely on variations.
The skies would be overcast, and fast bowlers shall enjoy the conditions in this game. Few teams take the challenge to bat first on a green top at this venue. We expect this trend to continue, and the side winning the toss shall have no hesitation in bowling first.
Mpumalanga Rhino looked rusty in the last game. Some of their batters got starts but failed to convert them into big scores. Their batting needs to click, as the wicket would have a lot for the bowlers. Northern Cape comes into this game with a big win and has their bowling attack in great form. It will make them favorites to win this game.
Northern Cape to win
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