Lions and Knights faced off at Kingsmead (Durban) in the 10th match of the CSA T20 Challenge 2021 on Tuesday night, February 23. The Lions won by 7 wickets against the Titans.
Knights captain Pite van Biljon decided to bat after winning the toss and sent the Lions to field first.
The Knights batsmen could not score runs in the controlled bowling of the Lions bowlers at first. Whenever they started to accelerate the pace of scoring, they lost the wicket. As a result, they could score 17 runs for three wickets at the end of the first six overs. The batsmen were in a mess by the aggressive bowling of the Lions bowlers that the first six of the innings came in the ninth over for them. Captain Pite van Biljon hit that six over mid-wicket off Bjorn Fortuin. The Knights were knocked out of the match after losing five wickets for 40 runs in 10 overs. In the end, Knights lost all of their wickets & thanks to Ferisco Adams for his innings of 23 runs off 14 balls and the team collected 106 runs in 20 overs. Farhaan Behardien (28) scored the highest run for the team. Sisanda Magala took most of the wickets for the Lions (5-20, 4 overs).
Opener Ryan Rickelton lost his wicket in the second ball of the innings after coming down to bat for an easy target of 107 runs. After losing another wicket in the third over, the Lions fell in danger. Then captain Temba Bavuma and Reeza Hendricks paired up for the wicket. On the third wicket, they overcame all the obstacles in the pair of 93 runs and reached the victory. Bavuma picked up his fifty by hitting a six over long-on to Alfred Mothoa. Although Reeza Hendricks returned scoring 47 runs off 48 balls, Bavuma left the field with an unbeaten 53 off 47 balls. Gerald Coetzee (2-19, 4 overs) took the wickets for the Knights.
The Lions have got their 3rd triumph in a row with this match. As a result, they have moved up to first place in the points table. On the other hand, the Knights have come down to fifth place in the points table with the defeat of this match.
Knights – Patrick Kruger, Raynard van Tonder, Farhaan Behardien, Grant Mokoena, Jacques Snyman, Pite van Biljon (c), Wandile Makwetu (wk), Gerald Coetzee, Shaun von Berg, Ferisco Adams, Alfred Mothoa
Lions – Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma (c), Dwaine Pretorius, Delano Potgieter, Ryan Rickelton (wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Bjorn Fortuin, Aaron Phangiso, Beuran Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, Kagiso Rabada
Knights – 106/10 (20.0)
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Patrick, 2.3 over), 2-13 (Tonder, 3.5 over), 3-15 (Snyman, 4.4 over), 4-39 (Biljon, 9.2 over), 5-40 (Mokoena, 9.5 over), 6-78 (Makwetu, 15.5 over), 7-105 (Adams, 18.6 over), 8-105 (Behardien, 19.1 over), 9-106 (Coetzee, 19.3 over), 10-106 (Alfred, 19.6 over)
Lions – 110/3 (18.1)
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Ryan, 0.2 over), 2-6 (Pretorius, 2.3), 3-99 (Reeza, 17.3 over)
Result – Lions won by 7 wickets
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