The CSA T20 Challenge continues on Monday when the fourth day of the tournament takes place at Kingsmead in Durban. We see a heavyweight clash for the first time in the event on Monday after a day where a couple of the pretenders meet.
We are getting towards the stage of the competition whereby we will start to determine who will be around for the playoffs and who won’t, and the two games on Monday could be pivotal in assisting to decide.
Knights vs Cape Cobras (08.00)
The opening match of the day sees two sides who are yet to claim a point in the competition battling it out in what could very well turn out to be a do or die clash as the Knights face off against the Cape Cobras in a game neither dare lose.
The fact that they have both lost both of their matches so far means that it isn’t just about winning here but given that they need to do some catching up it might be that a bonus point win, something we’ve not seen in the tournament yet, would be something that they go after should the opportunity arise. You would think the Cape Cobras are the team to be on here but I’ve not been as convincing by then as I would have liked for an odds on shot.
I will take a bet in this match though and it comes in the form of the player performance of George Linde, a player who I expect to come to the fore from here on in over the remainder of this tournament. The left arm spinner isn’t just a decent bowler but we’ve seen already in this competition and when he has played for South Africa that he is a decent batsman in this format as well. Given that the pitches are dry I think he will be a big player for the Cape Cobras with bat and ball. He has a performance line of just 30.5pts here which looks a little low to me when you consider he totalled 77 last time out and covered it with the bat and the ball. I’ll take the over here.
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Titans vs Highveld Lions (12.30)
The second match of the day is the mouth-watering one as the defending champions Highveld Lions take on the pre-tournament favourites Titans in a clash in which sees both teams putting their undefeated records on the line.
The Titans have played two and won two in this tournament and while you wouldn’t say they have been completely convincing throughout their matches, the results have been pretty dominant. Highveld Lions have only played one match so far this season but they were more emphatic winners than the scoreboard suggested in the end so this one has all the ingredients to be a classic, a match which is expected to be a dress rehearsal for the final, although to be fair the Dolphins look like they are going to have a say about that.
These two look pretty evenly matched. There is no doubt in my mind that they are the best two bowling attacks in the competition and the one thing which could separate the two is the extra batting depth that the Highveld Lions have. They are used to playing at a small ground which might also help them out a little, although to be fair Centurion isn’t the biggest going around. I’m concerned that in two innings against average attacks the Titans have only scored 120/4, albeit in 17.1 overs, and 148/6. Highveld Lions chased down 158 with a bit in hand in their only match and look primed to win this one.
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