Last time they met…
December 11, 2016 at Paarl. Lions won by 22 runs.
Lions – 139/8 (Rassie van der Dussen 56, Mangaliso Mosehle 31 – Wayne Parnell 3/22, Tshepo Moreki 3/26)
Cape Cobras – 117 (Richard Levi 41 – Eddie Leie 4/26, Dwaine Pretorius 2/14)
Not a great start to the tournament for both these sides, losing their opening games of the Ram Slam and plummeting to the bottom of the points table. Now they have a chance to register some points against each other, the winning team will gain a lot of confidence while the loser stays winless for the time being and most likely sinks to the very bottom of the table by default with two straight losses.
Lions opening batsman Reeza Hendricks played a lone hand with the bat against the star-studded Titans, looking in ominous touch with his unbeaten 67 at the top of the order which included 8 fours and 2 sixes, striking at just under 160. Had he been supported by one of his teammates throughout that knock, the Lions might have been a huge chance to pull off an upset. As a result of Hendricks-individual efforts with the willow, the likes of Quinton de Kock, Albie Morkel and Mr 360-AB de Villiers took the Lions bowling attack to the cleaners with some clean-striking as the ball took an absolute beating, as did the bowlers. It was raining fours and sixes, and as a result of that, the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Beuran Hendricks had no impact whatsoever with the ball. Willem Mulder was the only man to infiltrate a break through, picking up 2/28 in a pretty somber result. Hopefully, both Rassie van der Dussen and Mangaliso Mosehle can respond with big scores after both were dismissed for ducks in the Titans loss, they’re both proven run-scoring beasts in competitions like this. Star-quick Kagiso Rabada also copped a hiding with the ball in his 2.2 overs, he’s another who needs to respond with a fiery, wicket-taking spell against the Cobras.
Conceding a mammoth-231 runs against the Dolphins in their fist game of the tournament, the Cobras were facing an uphill battle for pretty much the entire contest. Cape’s bowling attack is by no means skinny on talent, it features Vernon Philander, Dane Paterson, Rory Kleinveldt and JP Duminy who have all represented South Africa in International cricket, but all were equally belted the proverbial mile in that match. The Cobras only took the two wickets, which inevitably killed them with some set batsman like Sarel Erwee and Khaya Zondo going on to score big as the innings wound up. To make matters worse, the Cobras lost Richard Levi, Temba Bavuma and JP Duminy for next to nothing early in the innings with Hashim Amla and Aviwe Mgijima left to pick up the pieces in the 10 over run chase. In the Cobras defense, they only had 10 overs to hit out and make a hefty-124 due to rain interruption which would have only furthered their panic, the Dolphins just outplayed them hands down which would have been a hard pill to swallow at the end of the day, but it was the harsh reality. Similar to the Lions, Cape need some of their star players to step up big time in this next match in a bid to get their tournament back on track, only Hashim Amla could hold his head high after an impressive 52 not out accompanied by a quick-fire 37 from Aviwe Mgijima who impressed.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Lions | Ram Slam | 7th match | Johannesburg
- Mangaliso Mosehle
- Reeza Hendricks
- Kagiso Rabada
- Dwaine Pretorius
- Rassie van der Dussen
Wildcard pick – Nicky van den Bergh
Top 5 fantasy picks | Cape Cobras | Ram Slam | 7th match | Johannesburg
- Hashim Amla
- Vernon Philander
- Richard Levi
- Wayne Parnell
- JP Duminy
Wildcard pick – Aviwe Mgijima
Lions (possible) – 1. Rassie van der Dussen 2. Reeza Hendricks 3. Mangaliso Mosehle (wk) 4. Marques Ackerman/Janneman Malan 5. Dwaine Pretorius 6. Willem Mulder 7. Nicky van den Bergh 8. Kagiso Rabada 9. Beuran Hendricks/Craig Alexander 10. Aaron Phangiso (c) 11. Bjorn Fortuin.
Cape Cobras (possible) – 1. Richard Levi 2. Hashim Amla 3. Temba Bavuma 4. JP Duminy (c) 5. Aviwe Mgijima 6. Qaasim Adams (wk) 7. Wayne Parnell 8. Vernon Philander 9. George Linde 10. Dane Paterson/Rory Kleinveldt 11. Mthiwekhaya Nabe.
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Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
“I’ve loved watching cricket since I was about 7 years old, my childhood hero was none other than Andrew “Roy” Symonds who probably enhanced my love of the game through the years”.
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