Deadline: May 5, 2019 at 6.00 PM IST
Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
The average first and second innings scores, at Johannesburg this season, read 164 and 159 respectively. The highest total registered here is 181 for 4 by Lions against Titans. In all, it is a featherbed for the batters. Expect runs to come in abundance.
Probable XI for Lions: Ryan Rickelton (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma (c), Wihan Lubbe, Dwaine Pretorius, Wiaan Mulder, Aaron Phangiso, Bjorn Fortuin, Malusi Siboto, Beuran Hendricks
Probable XI for Warriors: Gihahn Cloete, Matthew Breetzke, JJ Smuts (c), Sinethemba Qeshile (wk), Marco Marais, Onke Nyaku, Thomas Kaber, Jade de Klerk, Sisanda Magala, Andrew Birch, Lutho Sipamla
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My XI: Ryan Rickelton (c & wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Gihahn Cloete, Temba Bavuma, Matthew Breetzke, Marco Marais, Dwaine Pretorius, Wiaan Mulder, Aaron Phangiso, Andrew Birch, Bjorn Fortuin (vc)
One of the two matches between these teams ended in no result due to rain, while the completed match went in Warriors’ favour. Pretorius’ late blitz took Lions to a respectable total of 144 for 6, but Breetzke and Cloete made a mockery of the chase. They added 107 runs for the first wicket, eventually sealing the match in 14.3 overs.
Rickelton (278 runs) and van der Dussen (275 runs) have been in a spectacular form this season, both scoring three half-centuries each. Their captain, Bavuma, is not far behind, having collected 222 runs at an impressive average of 37. The onus will be on this trio to bury the opposition under a pile of runs.
For Warriors, Breetzke (215 runs), Marais (201 runs), and Cloete (200 runs) have done bulk of the scoring.
Fortuin’s hunger for wickets has been insatiable. With 11 wickets, he is the second-highest wicket-taker of the season. Phangiso and Mulder have been providing ample support, taking 8 wickets each.
For Warriors, Birch, Magala, and Sipamla have taken 24 wickets between them.
Lions: Craig Alexander, Aaron Phangiso, Lizaad Williams , Temba Bavuma, Mangaliso Mosehle, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Yaseen Valli, Malusi Siboto, Dominic Hendricks, Omphile Ramela, Nono Pongolo, Bjorn Fortuin, Nicky van den Bergh, Wiaan Mulder, Kagiso Rapulana, Wihan Lubbe, Migael Pretorius, Ryan Rickelton, Nandre Burger, Delano Potgieter
Warriors: JJ Smuts, Andrew Birch, Gihahn Cloete, Ayabulela Gqamane, Yaseen Vallie, Clyde Fortuin, Colin Ackermann, Basheeru-Deen Walters, Lesiba Ngoepe, Edward Michael Moore, Christiaan Jonker, Sisanda Magala, Lutho Sipamla, Thomas Kaber, Matthew Breetzke, Jade de Klerk, Marco Marais, Sithembile Langa, Sinethemba Qeshile, Onke Nyaku.