IMPORTANT UPDATE: Lions have announced the squad & Pretorious is unavailable for this game.
Venue: Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
Pitch & Conditions:
Mangaung is a good batting track & the boundaries are shorter as compared to some of the other grounds in SA. Can expect some early swing with the new ball but conditions should be good for batting later on. 275-80 should be par.
Both teams haven’t announced the squads yet. Will update you as soon as we get the official squads for this game.
Mokoena, Gous, Keegan, Biljon, Second (wk), Kruger, McLaren, Lange, Schalkwyk, Leie, Budaza.
Dominic, Rickelton, Rapulana, Bavuma (C), Bergh, Pretorious, Mosehle (wk), Fortuin, Phangiso, Siboto, Burger.
From the Vault:
(This section gives you player performance insights after analysing all the white ball games between the two teams till now)
For Knights, Second & Biljon have been the stand out performers with the bat, which is pretty obvious too, because both have played the maximum number of games for Knights from the current squad.
But when it comes to bowling , Eddie Leie isn’t the most obvious name that you’ll think of, considering his recent form. But Eddie has been pretty good at Mangaung & knows how to get the better of his former Lions teammates. Apart from Eddie, Schalkwyk, who hasn’t done anything significant in this competition yet, loves Mangaung a lot.
For Lions, very surprisingly, Siboto & Fortuin have been the best peformers both against Knights & at Mangaung.
Siboto has a really good record at Mangaung due to the fact that he used to play for Knights before he moved to Titans & now in Lions.
So, all of these above players are your picks for GL’s today.
My Dream11 Team:
(Not the final team, will be updated after toss)
Batsmen: Keegan, Bavuma, Dominic, Biljon
Bowlers: De Lange, Eddie, Fortuin, Schalkwyk/Siboto (on the basis of toss)
Visit immediately after toss for the final team.
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