The 23rd match of the Momentum One-Day Cup 2020 will be played between Cape Cobras and Knights at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (8:00 AM GMT) (1:30 PM IST).
Cape Cobras have suffered a series of defeats in their last three games in Momentum Cup 2020. They soon have to get back on the winning ways before getting knocked out of the tournament. In batting, they have Zubayr Hamza, Pieter Malan, Jonathan Bird, who will be responsible for scoring runs for their side in bundles.
Meanwhile, in bowling, they have Thando Ntini, Dane Paterson, Akhona Mnyaka, who have done a good job so far in the tournament but as an individual. However, in the upcoming match, they will have to come out as a unit in order to avenge the loss of their previous defeat.
Knights defeated Cape Cobras in the previous match by three wickets. So, they will have momentum and confidence that will play a vital role in the upcoming clash. They have some good players in their ranks like Andries Gous, Jacques Snyman and Keegan Petersen, who have done an impressive job at the top order by scoring bucketloads of runs with their willow.
The weather forecast says that it is going to be a hot day for a cricket match. The wind will be blowing at a rate of 9 to 20 km/hr whereas the temperature will hover between 17 and 22 Degree Celsius throughout the day according to Accuweather.
The track at Recreation Ground is expected to offer a stiff battle between bat and ball. This ground has hosted only one game that too a 49-over per side in which the side batting first ended as the winner. The bowlers will get some assistance but in the latter part of the game as the pitch gets slow down with time. So, the side winning the toss will look to bat first to be on the safer side.
Injury and Availability:
(Will update if there is any news)
Probable Playing XIs:
Pieter Malan, Zubayr Hamza (c), Hannah Kotze(wk), Jonathan Bird, George Linde, Jason Smith, Rory Kleinveldt, Aviwe Mgijima, Thando Ntini, Dane Paterson, Akhona Mnyaka
Bench – Dane Piedt, Mihlali Mpongwana
Andries Gous, Jacques Snyman, Keegan Petersen, Grant Mokoena, Patrick Kruger, Wandile Makwetu (wk), Pite van Biljon/Obus Pienaar, Shaun von Berg, Ottniel Baartman, Mbulelo Budaza, Marco Jansen
Bench –Corne Dry, Pite van Biljon/Obus Pienaar, Tshepo Ntuli, Raynard van Tonder, Gerald Coetzee
Zubayr Hamza will be an obvious pick for any Dream11 Fantasy team. He has mustered 525 runs in seven games for his team. Pieter Malan and Andries Gous will be other important batsmen that will play a vital role in any fantasy team. The latter had scored a marathon knock of 163 runs in the previous game against Titans. Thando Ntini will be an important pick in the bowlers’ category for the match between Knights and Cape Cobras.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Zubayr Hamza, Janneman Malan, Jonathan Bird
Vice-Captain – Jason Smith, Jacques Snyman, Pieter Malan
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Wandile Makwetu, Hannah Kotze
Batters – Pieter Malan, Andries Gous, Zubayr Hamza (C), Keegan Petersen
All-Rounders – George Linde, Jacques Snyman (VC)
Bowlers –Shaun von Berg, Mbulelo Budaza, Rory Kleinveldt
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Wandile Makwetu
Batters – Pieter Malan (C), Zubayr Hamza, Jonathan Bird (VC), Aviwe Mgijima
All-Rounders – Jacques Snyman, Obus Pienaar, Jason Smith
Bowlers –Shaun von Berg, Mbulelo Budaza, Ottniel Baartman
Both the teams are yet to announce their squad so it will be wise for the user to wait for the confirmed XI.
12% of the users have picked Janneman Malan but he will not play in the upcoming match as he is currently playing in the ODI series between Australia and South Africa.
User Tips: The user can opt for a team combination of two wicketkeepers, four batsmen, two all-rounders and three bowlers.
Cape Cobras are expected to come out as a winner.
*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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