Sunday will see two matches played, which will have an effect on the opposite ends of the points table.
The Lions host the Knights in Potchefstroom in the 12:00 game. It’s a top of the table clash and one of the team’s 100 percent winning record will be spoiled. However, the winner will take their place at the top of the table, with at least one clear win between themselves and second position.
The 16:00 match see’s the Dolphins and Titans clash in Durban. The Dolphins are the defending champions and the Titans are perennial semi-finalists. Neither has experienced the rub of the green this campaign. The Titans are still winless, while the Dolphins have lost two out of three. Both teams will be desperate to take the points or they will be playing catch-up just to qualify for the semi-final.
Players to watch:
The two unbeaten teams have got the most out of their international stars in the first two games. Chris Gayle is fresh off an unbeaten century and should enjoy the batsman’s paradise that is Senwes Park. It will be up to the Knights West Indian all-rounder, Andre Russell, to remove his countryman early in the innings. The Caribbean player that gets the better of the other could determine the result.
Dean Elgar has been in sparkling form for the Titans. He will be eager to score his third half-century on the bounce and hope that the middle-order can click to post a winning total. Robbie Frylinck was the unsung hero of the Dolphins winning campaign last season. He always chips in with a few wickets and is destructive with the bat at the death. He will have to produce a big performance to get their title defence back on track.
The Lions have a very balanced bowling attack, which will be needed on a flat track in Potchefstroom. For this reason, they should record their third win on the trot.
The Dolphins and Titans are both good teams, but neither has fired yet this season. It should be close, but knowledge of the conditions should swing it in favour of the hosts.