The Titans will face off against the Knights in the first match of the CSA T20 Challenge 2021. It should be a great game of cricket between two sides eager for a win. The fans will want to see a fight from the players of both sides and will want to be thoroughly entertained.
The Titans ended in the second position from the bottom of the points table in the last season. They could manage to register just three wins from the ten matches they played in the group stages. They suffered four defeats while three of their matches ended with no results. The team management has made some significant changes in the squad this season. Heinrich Klaasen will be the skipper of the team this season. He was also the captain of the South African team in their recent tour to Pakistan. Though they didn’t do well last term, this could be a good cricket match.
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The batting line up does not look much stronger on paper. Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Henry Davids will look to score bulk of the runs while Grant Thomson, Chris Morris, and Lizaad Williams are the main all-rounders of the team. On the other hand, the bowling line up looks to be much stronger as compared to the other teams in the tournament. Tabraiz Shamsi and Junior Dala will be spearheading the bowling attack. Both of them performed well in the recent T20I series against Pakistan. Lungi Ngidi is also a part of the attack and we all know his potentials in the T20 format.
Knights ended the last season reeling at the bottom of the points table. They could not manage to win even a single game last year. They registered five losses while five of their games ended with no result. Pite van Biljon will be the captain of the team this season. He was also part of the South Africa squad which visited Pakistan recently.
No international level player is part of the Knights’ squad. The Knights have an average batting order. Grant Mokoena, Jonathan Vandiar, and Raynard van Tonder are the main batsmen in the team. Jacques Snyman, Farhaan Behardien, Patrick Kruger, and Frisco Adams are the main all-rounders of the team. Even the bowling attack is also weak on paper. Mbulelo Budaza, Gerald Coetzee, and Alfred Mothoa are the main bowlers in the team.
The Titans and Knights have faced each other 23 times. The Knights have won six matches while the Titans have won 16 of them, with one game being a tie.
Titans have an overall stronger team as compared to the Knights. They have a strong batting and bowling line up with experienced T20 players. So, the Titans are favourites to win the opening match.
Date and Time:
19th February 2021 (Friday)
Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
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