The 22nd match of the Momentum One-Day Cup 2020 will be played between Titans and Warriors at the Willowmoore Park in Benoni.
The match starts at 1:30 PM local time (11:30 AM GMT) (5:00 PM IST).
Benoni is set to host a mid-table battle between the Titans and Warriors on Friday afternoon. The Warriors are now placed 3rd in the points table having won only two of the seven matches. Titans are behind the Warriors at No.4 as they also won two matches but played one game less. Both Titans are Warriors lost their respective last two matches. This match will be crucial in deciding who could be seen finishing in the top four. With as many as four teams tied on two wins, both the teams will be looking earn an edge before the last set of matches.
The Willowmoore Park is expected to have pleasant weather on Friday and no interruptions from rain are expected.
The Willowmoore Park in Benoni hosted three unaffected matches across the last two editions of the Momentum One-Day Cup. Two of those three matches witnessed totals over 300. Hence, we can expect the venue to be a high-scoring one. Titans and Warriors bat deep in usual and hence, we are likely to see a 300+ total once again.
Average first innings score: 264 (MODC matches since 2017/18)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Grant Thomson (C), Farhaan Behardien, Corbin Bosch, Junior Dala, Tony de Zorzi, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Imraan Manack, Aiden Markram, Rivaldo Moonsamy, Diego Rosier.
Bench – Alfred Mothoa, Theunis de Bruyn.
Andrew Birch, Ayabulela Gqamane, Yaseen Vallie, Lesiba Ngoepe, Edward Moore (C), Sisanda Magala, Matthew Breetzke, Jade de Klerk, Marco Marais, Sinethemba Qeshile (WK), Stephan Tait.
Bench – Dyllan Matthews, Onke Nyaku.
Stefan Tait has been among wickets ever since his appearance in the warm-up matches against England XI. He took nine wickets in the ongoing MODC tournament across 5 matches with a best of 3/27. The Titans skipper Grant Thomson scored 149 runs across 5 matches in the tournament and also claimed two wickets across three innings he bowled thus far. Aiden Markram played only two matches in the tournament but has already scored a hundred. He scored 139 runs across two games where he also claimed 5 wickets including a 3-wicket haul. Dean Elgar has scored 237 runs across six innings in this tournament at an average of 59.25 with help of a hundred and a fifty.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Aiden Markram, Tony de Zorzi, Matthew Breetzke
Vice-Captain – Yaseen Vallie, Sinethemba Qeshile, Grant Thomson
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sinethemba Qeshile (VC)
Batters – Aiden Markram (C), Tony de Zorzi, Dean Elgar, Matthew Breetzke, Lesiba Ngoepe
All-Rounders – Grant Thomson
Bowlers – Sisanda Magala, Stefan Tait, Imraan Manack, Junior Dala
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sinethemba Qeshile
Batters – Aiden Markram, Yaseen Vallie, Tony de Zorzi, Marco Marais, Matthew Breetzke (VC)
All-Rounders – Grant Thomson, Diego Rosier
Bowlers – Stefan Tait, Imraan Manack, Andrew Birch
Faf du Plessis is named in the Titans squad and is likely to feature in the game on Friday against Warriors. However, as of writing, Faf is not included in Dream11 list. Hence, if he added before the match, he can be picked. He will be eager to get in to form before the Indian tour.
Titans are expected to register their 3rd win of the tournament.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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