Both Lions and knights are settled with 10 points at the moment but as per net run rate Lions are a head of Knights in the points table. Lions last match against Titans was abandoned due to rain and each team shared points. Lions are playing well in this season and it will be not easy for Knights to win over them. As per statistics Knights have beaten Lions in their past five head to head encounters. The big advantage for Knights is they are playing on home ground. This will build lot of pressure on Lions and even their previous records against Knights is not impressive.
Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
Partly cloudy no chance of rain
Pitch is neutral for both batsmen and bowlers. Anything around 160+ here would be difficult.
Team News : Knights
With just 2 wins in 5 matches Knights are placed at 5th position in points table. 13 members squad has been announced for this game. Wicket keeper Rudi Second is back into the squad for the first time this season. Oliver is also back after being dropped in the last game. Patrick Kruger didn’t impress much as an opener and he failed. We can expect Rudi Second will open the innings along with Mokoena. Skipper Bruyn and Miller, pillars of Knight’s batting order, will bat at their as usual positions. Swanepoel playing chances are high in this match. Shadley van Schalkwyk is a vital cog in this bowling attack.
Team News : Lions
With 2 wins, 3 loses and 1 no result game Lions are placed at 4th position currently. They have high net run rate than Knights. As only 4 league matches are left for Lions they need to almost every match. They have not announced any squad even for this match also. Lions opening pair, Dussen and Reeza Hendricks, are in superb form. Reeza Hendricks extended his good form with a brisk knock of 81 against the Warriors in the last game. Fortuin is expected to replace Beuran Hendricks. Kagiso Rabada will be the biggest threat for the Knights with the ball and he is the season’s highest wicket taker. Their middle order is looking dull when compared with openers and need to focus more on that zone. Skipper Phangiso is doing his role and once he will give some early breaks on a kind of wicket like this.
Knights Probable XI
Lions Probable XI