- Dolphins have won the last four out of five games they have played against the Knights in this format
- Dolphin’s Grant Roelofsen with close to 250 runs in three games is in good form and he can win it for the side easily
- In the last 22 games across three seasons the Knights have managed to win just four games and suffer a confidence issue
Momentum One Day Cup has picked up momentum and in the 11th game the Knights would be taking on the Dolphins at their home ground Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein. The hosts are under pressure and have already lost both their games. The Dolphins on the other hand have won two out of their three games and the side is looking in good form at the moment. They had defeated the Knights earlier in the season by 94 runs and shall carry that confidence into the next game.
The Knights have been in poor form across the last three seasons and have managed to win only four games out of the 22 they have played. The side has failed to play well as a unit and the string of losses is likely to put them in a poor frame of mind. It will be interesting to see if the Knights are able to make use of their home advantage or the Dolphins have another walk in the park like they had in the previous game against the hosts.
It has so far been a bad show from Wandile Makwetu’s side in the season. The side has played two games and lost on both the occasions. After the loss in their first game against the Dolphins the side went down by 50 runs in the last game against the Warriors. Their batsmen and bowlers are in poor form and the skipper would be looking for a better performance from them.
Batsmen have let the side down in both the games as they have been bowled out on both occasions. Their openers Raynard van Tonder and Jacques Snyman will need to provide the side with a good start in the next game. In the middle order the form of Keegan Petersen, Andries Gous and Obus Pienaar is a concern. These players have failed to convert their starts into big scores. Down the order they will need good contributions from the likes of Shaun von Berg and Wandile Makwetu going into this game.
Bowling has been the only positive news for the side in the season so far. Mbulelo Budaza and Shadley van Schalkwyk have done well with the new ball and the side will need them to continue with the same show in the next game. Shaun von Berg and Tshepo Ntuli have also kept the line tight so far in the two games. The bowlers need to assume additional responsibility given the kind of form their batsmen are in at the moment.
Shaun von Berg, Mbulelo Budaza and Raynard van Tonder will be the players to watch out for the Knights in this game.
Expected Playing XI:
Wandile Makwetu (c & wk), Shadley van Schalkwyk, Obus Pienaar, Shaun von Berg, Keegan Petersen, Tshepo Ntuli , Mbulelo Budaza, Andries Gous, Ottniel Baartman, Raynard van Tonder, Jacques Snyman
After two consecutive wins Keshav Maharaj’s side went down by 5 runs under the DLS method against the Cape Cobras. The side would have considered itself unlucky as few quick wickets towards the end of the innings that led to their loss. Maharaj would like his side to put that disappointment behind and focus on winning the next game.
Their openers Sarel Erwee and Grant Roelofsen have been in good form and the latter has already hit a hundred in the tournament. In the middle order Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Khaya Zondo have also looked in good form for the side. With good hitters of the ball down the order in the form of Marques Ackerman and Robbie Frylinck they have good batting line-up going into the game.
Robbie Frylinck and Kerwin Mungroo have done well with the new ball so far in the tournament and shall target early wickets in the game. Imran Tahir’s experience in the middle overs is a big bonus for the side as he has been among the wickets. Maharaj has also bowled tight lines and they have good resources in their bowling attack to take on the Knights who are struggling at the moment.
Grant Roelofsen, Imran Tahir and Robbie Frylinck would be the three players to watch out for in this game for the Dolphins.
Expected Playing XI:
Keshav Maharaj (c), Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Imran Tahir, Robbie Frylinck, Prenelan Subrayen, Khaya Zondo, Sibonelo Makhanya, Sarel Erwee, Marques Ackerman, Kerwin Mungroo, Grant Roelofsen (wk)
Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein is known for offering early bounce and movement to the fast bowlers at the start of the game and most sides have preferred to bowl here first after winning the game. With the freshly laid surface having slight green cover on it we expect the side winning the toss to bowl first on this track.
PITCH AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein is a lively track and there is lot in for fast bowlers at the start of the game. The true bounce and pace on this surface also makes it easy for the batsmen to play their strokes. The square boundaries being short there is plenty of scoring opportunities for the batsmen here. If the batsmen get set in we expect this will be a high scoring game.
The weather conditions would be good during the game. There would be odd clouds on the day but it will be a warm afternoon with the temperature expected to be 32℃ when the game starts. It will be a dry afternoon with the humidity expected to be 31% along with 10% precipitation. Wind conditions would be normal.
The Knights are in a spot of bother at the moment having already suffered two consecutive losses. They don’t have the best of records against the Dolphins and this we believe this will give Dolphins an edge in the game.
The batting form is in bad form for the Knights and we gave already seen the team get bowled out twice in the two games so far. They have managed 280 odd runs in two games and this will give the Dolphins the upper hand in the game.
Finally Dolphins’ have their batting line-up in good form and their bowlers have also played a complementary role and this will make them favourites as they go into this game.