Venue: New Wanderers, Johannesburg
Pitch & Conditions:
New Wanderers is a typical South African pitch which is known for its good pace & bounce. Quality seam bowlers can extract decent swing from the deck with the new ball. But remember, good pace often helps quality batsmen to score quickly as well. Therefore, should be a good contest between bat & bowl. Average score here is around 265-70.
P Malan, J Malan, Hamza, Duminy (C), Verreynne (Wk), Linde, Mgijima, Rory, Paterson, Mnyaka, Nabe.
- Verreynne has been declared fit & will be back taking gloves in place of Bedingham who scored a 50 in last game.
- Nabe has been included in the squad after recovering from injury & should directly be included in the final 11.
- Peter Malan who had to benched due to Verreynne’s injury will be back today.
They haven’t announced the official squad yet, but as per reports, Beuran Hendricks has joined the Lions squad & is fit to play today.
However, pick him in your team after the final lineups are announced.
Just in: Lions have announced the squad:
The Lions squad is: Temba Bavuma (capt), Nandré Burger, Bjorn Fortuin, Dominic Hendricks, Wihan Lubbe, Mangaliso Mosehle, Aaron Phangiso, Nono Pongolo, Delano Potgieter, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rapulana, Ryan Rickelton, Malusi Siboto, Nicky van den Bergh
Rapulana, Rickelton, Bavuma (C), Dominic Hendricks, Van der Bergh (Wk), Pretorious, Fortuin, Pongolo, Phangiso, Siboto, Burger.
From the Vault:
(This section gives you player performance insights after analysing all the white ball games between the two teams)
For Cobras, JP Duminy has a fantastic record against Lions. Duminy had a few match winning knocks against them & could be a perfect game for him to find some touch after a very long injury break.
But as I mentioned in the last game too, he hasn’t played from a very very long time now & could be rusty. Which indeed, proved to be correct when he was dismissed for a duck in the last game. The point is, do keep him in your team & back him in your GL teams but don’t totally rely on him in SL’s.
In bowling department, ever reliable Rory Kleinveldt has been pick of the bowlers & after his unplayable opening spell in the last game, he certainly can be a game changer for Cobras with both bowl & bat. Another one who you should consider in GL’s is Nabe, who had an excellent last season & often considered as a golden arm with the ball.
For Lions, Bavuma (who is a former Cobras player) should be your first choice batsman. Of course, who knows the Cobras team better than Bavuma himself. Should be an exciting contest.
In bowling department, return of Beuran Hendricks (if plays) will be a huge huge boost.
His stats at Johannesburg are best among all the current bowlers in the competition & he certainly enjoys bowling there considering he gets good amount of swing early on & also bowls well at death.
Was also the MoM in the red ball game against Cobras on the same venue which helped them winning by an inning & 71 runs.
Dream11 & My Team11 Team Suggestions:
Wk: Both Wk’s are pretty good & scoring consistently. So you should decide on the basis of which team bats first/second.
Batsmen: J Malan, P Malan, Hamza, Bavuma
Allrounders: Rory (VC), Pretorious (C), Linde/Duminy (if Cobras bowls first, you can pick Linde over Duminy but that can be quite risky considering his record against Lions)
(Would not suggest you to drop Pretorious, as he’s at his best when he plays at Johannesburg & alson in absence of Beuran, he’ll be bowling in death)
Bowlers: Paterson, Fortuin/Siboto on the basis of team bowling first/second), Burger.
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