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Toss Winner - Knights won the toss and chose to bat first
Knights beat Rocks by 3 runs
Knights’ hunt for a win in their final game of the season
Rocks to win
Tournament: CSA T20 Challenge 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: St George's Park Cricket Ground, Port Elizabeth, South Africa | Toss: To BowlBet Now
It is the 26th game of the CSA T20 Challenge 2022 and Rocks would be taking on the Knights. The points table has already taken shape and this game isn’t likely to alter it. The Rocks come into this game with a win against the Dolphins while the Knights continued with their poor show in the season going down against the Lions in the last game.
Knights have looked in poor shape in this season. They have managed just one victory and their key players have failed to live up to the challenge. The Rocks are through to the next round and playing their last league game they would want to win it and build momentum. It will be interesting to see if the Knights can surprise everyone with a win in this game.
Three wins in a row have helped Pieter Malan’s side book a berth for themselves in the semifinals. The side comes here with an 8-run win against the Dolphins. It was a brilliant show from their bowlers who defended a small total. The side would look to win this game and gain momentum ahead of the semifinals.
The side has a strong opening combination in Pieter Malan and Janneman Malan. The duo shall aim for a good start. Clyde Fortuin needs to improve his strike rate and add runs with Ferisco Adams and Michael Copeland in the middle order. They have good hitters to follow in Hardus Viljoen, Hlomla Hanabe and Shaun von Berg.
It was a splendid show with the ball in the last game and the side would like to see Siyabonga Mahima and Imran Manack bowl tight spells with the new ball. Ziyaad Abrahams and von Berg did well in the middle overs and the same would be expected from them here. The side has good depth in the attack with Copeland and Adams in the side.
Pieter Malan (c), Janneman Malan, Clyde Fortuin (wk), Ferisco Adams, Michael Copeland, Hardus Viljoen, Hlomla Hanabe, Shaun von Berg, Imran Manack, Siyabonga Mahima, Ziyaad Abrahams
Ziyaad Abrahams, Christiaan Jonker, Imran Manack, Shaun von Berg, Siyabonga Mahima, Pieter Malan, Ferisco Adams, Janneman Malan, Mickey Copeland, Valintine Kitime, Clyde Fortuin
Pite van Biljon’s side has had a terrible tournament. They have won just one game so far and have had their batsmen and bowlers in poor form. The side comes here with a 5-wicket loss against the Lions. As they take the field for the last time in this tournament van Biljon would want to win and bow out on a high.
Jacques Snyman scored runs in the last game and he would need to add runs with CP Klijnhans. Pite van Biljon needs to make use of his experience and add runs in the middle order with Patrick Botha and Farhaan Behardien. Mangaliso Mosehle and Patrick Kruger must add runs down the order as they have failed in most of the games.
Gerald Coetzee and Botha would have to bowl tight spells with the new ball as the Rocks have a powerful batting line-up. Alfred Mothoa has done well, and the side would have high expectations from him. The likes of Migael Pretorius, Nealan van Heerden, and Snyman must bowl well in tandem for the side to win this game.
Pite van Biljon (c), CP Klijnhans, Jacques Snyman, Patrick Botha, Farhaan Behardien, Patrick Kruger, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Nealan van Heerden, Migael Pretorius, Alfred Mothoa, Gregory Mahlokwana
Jacques Snyman, Gregory Mahlokwana, CP Klijnhans, Nealan van Heerden, Raynard van Tonder, Gerald Coetzee, PJ van Biljon, Mangaliso Mosehle, Jason Raubenheimer, Alfred Mothoa, Patrick Kruger
The skies over Port Elizabeth would be partly cloudy on February 22. We have seen tough batting conditions so far and batsmen are likely to find it challenging to bat on this surface. Fast bowlers would enjoy a good time on this track. The side batting first in this game shall be happy with a score of 160 runs.
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth is a fast bowlers’ dream venue as there is a lot of swing and seam movement for them. Batsmen need to rotate the strike and play to the merit of the ball to do well on this track. Spinners don’t see much assistance and they are dependent on their skills alone.
In the last eight games, the side chasing the score has won seven of them. The batting conditions are challenging at the start of the game and they improve as the game progresses. The side winning the toss in the game would look forward to bowling first and restricting the opponents to a small total.
Knights have had a miserable tournament, and their batsmen and bowlers lack confidence. They have hardly competed in the tournament. The side would need to make a complete turnaround to win this contest. The Rocks have momentum on their side and their bowlers have been in great form. This would make them favorites to win this game.
Rocks to win
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