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Rocks’ challenge to upset Titans’ momentum in the final
Titans 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 big final at the CSA T20 Challenge 2022 and confident Titans would be up against the Rocks. Both sides did well in the semifinals and they would be high on confidence. The Titans come into this game with a win against the Dolphins in the semifinal while Rocks also registered a comfortable win against Western Province.
Titans have won the last seven games in a row and this would add to the side’s confidence in this game. Their bowlers have been in good form and this adds to the side’s strengths. Rocks have an experienced batting line-up and they are a good match for the Titans. It would be a high-pressure contest and we expect both sides to fight hard in the middle.
Theunis de Bruyn’s side has had a great season. They started with a loss and since then the side has won all its games. It was a confidence-boosting win for the side against the Dolphins in the semifinal as they chased down the small total with 6 wickets in hand. They had defeated Rocks earlier in the season and de Bruyn would like to see good efforts from his players in this game.
They have a strong opening pair in Theunis de Bruyn and Quinton de Kock and a good start shall be expected from them. Henrich Klassen brings in his experience and he will look to add runs in the middle order with Sibonelo Makhanya and Dewald Brevis. Donavon Ferreira and Ayabulela Gqamane would be aiming to add quick runs down the order.
Lizzad Williams and Junior Dala form a strong new ball pair for the side and they would aim to deliver early bowls. Tabraiz Shamsi adds strength to this attack with his skills and experience and the side would like to see him bowl at his best. Brevis, Aaron Phangiso, and Gqamane are also in good form and they add bowling options for the team.
Theunis de Bruyn (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Heinrich Klaasen, Dewald Brevis, Sibonelo Makhanya, Donavon Ferreira, Ayabulela Gqamane, Aaron Phangiso, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lizaad Williams, Junior Dala
Pieter Malan’s side struck form when it was needed most doing well towards the end of the league stage. It was a comprehensive win for the side against the Western Province. Their bowlers did well and batsmen were clinical during the chase as the side went won by 7 wickets. This will be a tougher challenge against the Titans and Malan would want his players to be at their best.
Pieter Malan and Janneman Malan have been in good form and the side would need runs from them to win this game. Clyde Fortuin, Michael Copeland, and Ferisco Adams would be expected to add quick runs in the middle order. The side would also need power hitting towards the end from Christiaan Jonker and Shaun von Berg.
Imran Manack and Ziyaad Abrahams bowled good lines with the new ball in the last game and similar spells would be needed from them here. Siyabonga Mahima, Shaun von Berg, and Ferisco Adams will need to come up with good spells in this game as the Titans have a very strong batting line-up.
Pieter Malan (c), Janneman Malan, Clyde Fortuin (wk), Michael Copeland, Ferisco Adams, Christiaan Jonker, Shaun von Berg, Imran Manack, Siyabonga Mahima, Ziyaad Abrahams, Valintine Kitime
The skies over Port Elizabeth would be overcast on February 27 and there are chances of rains during the game. The wicket has been a tough one to bat on as fast bowlers have got lots of assistance from it. Batsmen have to be watchful and the side batting first would be happy to get to a total of 160 runs here.
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth is a ground where fast bowlers have always got good rewards. There is a lot of assistance from the pitch and batsmen need to build up an innings and get accustomed to the pace of the pitch. The wicket doesn’t have much for the spinners and they have to depend on their variations.
Sides chasing the score have won most games in this tournament. The conditions have favored the bowlers at the start of the game and this would be playing in the minds of both sides. The side winning the toss here would opt to bowl first and take advantage of the weather conditions.
Rocks would face a tough challenge in this game. Their middle and lower-middle order is yet to do well in the tournament. Their bowlers have also struggled and this puts additional pressure on the side. They would have to play out of their skins to win this game. Titans come here with momentum on their side. They have an experienced bowling attack and this would make them favorites to grab the title.
Titans to win
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