Warriors host Titans and will be hoping to score an important win at home!
Titans to register a comfortable win over Warriors!
Warriors have had a modest start to the Momentum One Day Cup 2020. They have won one game while losing another. Right now, they are 3rd on the points table with a good net run rate of +0.209. While these are still early days in the tournament, the Warriors would like to get into a winning rhythm. They will be hosting Titans this Sunday and hoping to score an important win at home.
Meanwhile, the Titans have had a poor start to the tournament - they have lost both their games so far. They are second from bottom in the table at present with a horrible net run rate of -0.913. They are in desperate need of a win to get their campaign up and running.
In both the matches they have played this season, the Warriors have underperformed with the bat. Against Cape Cobras, they could manage only 245 while chasing a target of 275. And against the Knights, they put on just 220 on the board after batting first. However, their excellent bowling saved the game for them.
Captain Yaseen Vallie led from the front in the last match with an enterprising 90 while Rudi Second had top-scored with a 66 in the first match. This means the team's middle-order is in good shape. The Warriors will now be looking for some solid contributions from the openers Matthew Breetzke and Gihahn Cloete along with Sinethemba Qeshile. If the top-order can fire, then they can be a real force. Their bowling is reliant on Andrew Birch and Sisanda Magala.
Left-arm seamer Stefan Tait picked up 3 wickets for 39 in the match against the Knights and will get a longer run. Rudi Second too bowled an excellent spell of 0-22 from 8 overs in the last game and if he can continue to shine with his off-spin, Warriors will have a really good option to use.
Matthew Breetzke, Gihahn Cloete, Sinethemba Qeshile (wk), Rudi Second, Yaseen Vallie (c), Marco Marais, Onke Nyaku, Sisanda Magala, Dyllan Matthews, Andrew Birch, Stephan Tait
Andrew Birch, Yaseen Vallie, RS Second, SSB Magala, Edward Moore, Onke Nyaku, Dyllan Matthews, Marco Marais, Sinethemba Qeshile, Stefan Tait, Gihahn Cloete
The Titans have a lot to sort out before they approach this game. They have lost two matches in a row and in both the matches they were let down by one unit. They will be happy, though, that that batting unit contributed nicely in their last match against the Dolphins. The likes of Grant Thomson (68), Dean Elgar (74) and captain Heinrich Klaasen (40) got useful runs and this will keep them in good stead.
Opener Henry Davids had got a solid 49 in the first match against the Lions along with classy 48 by Theunis de Bruyn. With Farhaan Behardien waiting down the order, the team has enough talent. If the batting order can perform collectively, the Titans have enough firepower to take down any opposition.
The team's bowling hasn't really got their act together so far. They ended up conceding 289 runs in under 40 overs against the Dolphins and gave away 305 against the Lions. They cannot afford to leak so many runs if they hope to get back in the tournament. The likes of Imran Manack, Hardus Viljoen, Tshepo Moreki and Alfred Mothoa would have to do much better to stop the strong Warriors batting line up.
Henry Davids, Tony de Zorzi, Grant Thomson, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen (c & wk), Farhaan Behardien, Dayyaan Galiem, Hardus Viljoen, Tshepo Moreki, Imran Manack, Alfred Mothoa
Hardus Viljoen, Alfred Mothoa, Henry Davids, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen, Imran Manack, Farhaan Behardien, Dayyaan Galiem, GM Thomson, Gregory Mahlokwana, Tony de Zorzi
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||20||0 mm.||4.13 k/h||From: E||0%|
|03h||19||0 mm.||1.89 k/h||From: ENE||10%|
|06h||22||0 mm.||2.01 k/h||From: ENE||9%|
|09h||24||0 mm.||4.98 k/h||From: E||30%|
|12h||25||0 mm.||5.45 k/h||From: ESE||35%|
|15h||24||0 mm.||5.41 k/h||From: ESE||1%|
|18h||21||0 mm.||3.66 k/h||From: E||20%|
|21h||21||0.13 mm.||3.6 k/h||From: E||100%|
The pitch at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth is a true surface. It is traditionally good for batting but also favors the seam bowlers who know how to use their varieties. The bat comes on to the bat nicely once the batsman settles in. Spinners should also get some purchase in the middle overs. A couple of showers are expected on the day of the match but it should be mostly cloudy throughout.
St George's Park in Port Elizabeth has seen five totals in excess of 300 in ODIs so far with the highest total achieved being 335-6 by Pakistan v South Africa in 2002. The average total batting first on this venue is 233. However, the team batting first here should be targeting a total of 270-290.
The team winning the toss should look to bat first. This is a good surface and posting a good total on the board while batting first will give the team an advantage.
In the last 5 matches between Warriors and Titans, the Warriors have won just one game while the Titans have won 4. Thus, the Titans do have an edge if past records are to be taken into account. However, they haven't played to the potential this season so far. Moreover, the Warriors will certainly have the home advantage.
That being said, the Titans do have a very strong batting unit and they appeared to be getting into good shape in the last match. Expect a close and high-scoring contest. The Titans will come hard and they are desperate for a win. Back them to be the winners of this contest.
Titans to register a comfortable win over Warriors!