Titans, Lions lock horns in Momentum One-Day Cup opener!
Titans to register a comfortable win over Lions!
Reigning Champions Titans will be looking to start their campaign on a positive note when they face Lions in the opening game of the 2020 Momentum ODI Cup at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.
Last year, Titans delivered excellent performances throughout the competition to clinch their record fifth title. Captain Grant Thomson will be hoping that the side can deliver a decent show with bat and ball in this home fixture.
On the other hand, Lions failed to make an impression in last year’s tournament. The side could only secure two wins out of ten games played in the competition. The franchise will be looking to play their best combination for this opening fixture.
Defending Champions will be keen to field their full-strength side against Lions. The likes of Dean Elgar, Aiden Makram, Quinton de Kock and Lungi Ngidi will be available for selection for this home fixture. In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Theunis de Bruyn, Tony de Zorzi and Aiden Markram to do the bulk of the scoring.
Last year, middle-order batsman Aiden Markam showed excellent form with the bat and was the leading run-scorer in the competition. He accumulated 542 runs in 5 matches at an average of 108.00 with three centuries to his name. Markram will be looking to find a form with the bat and make a notable score against Lions.
Last year, Openers Theunis de Bruyn and Tony de Zorzi also performed consistently for the side at the top of the innings. Dean Elgar, Jonathan Vandiar and Farhaan Behardien will make up the middle-order for the side for this opening game. All-rounder Grant Thomson will lead the side for this opening game of the competition.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Lungi Ngidi, Corbin Bosch and Tabraiz Shamsi to make crucial breakthroughs in this contest.
Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, Grant Thompson, Dean Elgar, Tony de Zorzi, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Farhaan Behardien, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Corbin Bosch, Matthew Arnold
Hardus Viljoen, Lungi Ngidi, TL Moreki, Henry Davids, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen, Theunis de Bruyn, Farhaan Behardien, Dayyaan Galiem, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tony de Zorzi
2015 Champions will be hoping to put in a better performance in this year’s competition. A number of international players like Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen and Beuran Hendricks will be available for this contest.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Temba Bavuma, Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen to deliver the bulk of the runs. Last year, opener Reeza Hendricks had an excellent outing with the bat in the competition. In 4 matches played, Reeza accumulated 262 runs at an average of 87.33 with one century to his name. Recently, Temba Bavuma was named in South Africa limited-overs squad for series against England. Captain will be looking to lead from the front and deliver big innings in this game.
Wihan Lubbe, Dwaine Pretorius and Willem Mulder will be given the task to go berserk at the back end of the innings. In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks and Kagiso Rabada to make early inroads with the new ball. Left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin will be lone spinner in the playing XI for this game.
Temba Bavuma (captain), Dominic Hendricks, Kagiso Rapulana, Rassie van der Dussen, Reeza Hendricks, Wihan Lubbe, Dwaine Pretorius, Willem Mulder, Beuran Hendricks, Ryan Rickelton (wk), Bjorn Fortuin
Ryan Rickelton, Rassie van der Dussen, Aaron Phangiso, NJ Van den Bergh, Reeza Hendricks, MP Siboto, Eldred Hawken, Wihan Lubbe, B Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Bjorn Fortuin
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|00h||15||0 mm.||3.62 k/h||From: N||23%|
|03h||15||0 mm.||3.49 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|06h||19||0 mm.||4.03 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|09h||25||0 mm.||3.2 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|12h||29||0 mm.||2.38 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|15h||29||0 mm.||3.56 k/h||From: NW||12%|
|18h||24||0.31 mm.||1.01 k/h||From: NW||23%|
|21h||22||0.63 mm.||3.21 k/h||From: ESE||36%|
Traditionally, the pitch at SuperSport Park offers assistance for the quick bowlers. The batsmen will certainly enjoy batting at Centurion. The weather condition for the game to be played on Friday is expected to be sunny with light winds.
SuperSport Park in Centurion is going to host the opening game of the 2020 Momentum one-day Cup between Titans and Lions. Surprisingly, Lions have won their last two matches against Titans.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put runs on the board. The average first innings score at the venue is 246 runs.
After analyzing both the teams, Defending Champions Titans will be favorites to win their opening fixture against Lions. Titans have a slight advantage as they playing in their home conditions. Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, and Dean Elgar will be keen to make an impact with the bat in this game.
Titans to register a comfortable win over Lions!