Who Will Win Knights vs Dolphins, Momentum Cup 2019?
The 24th fixture of the Momentum One Day Cup 2019 will see the Knights take on the Dolphins. The match will be played on March 17 at the former's home ground - the Diamond Oval in Kimberley. Live action is scheduled to start at 10 AM local time.
KNG vs DOL, Momentum Cup 2019: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: SuperSport
Live Streaming: Bet365, SuperSport (Website and App)
The Knights don't have any international stars in their batting line-up and they will once again be dependent on the likes of Keegan Petersen, Andries Gous, Rudi Second and skipper Petrus van Biljon to deliver the goods for them with the bat. Keegan Petersen is one of the tournament's leading run-getters and it will be up to him to set the tone for the team. Rudi Second had smashed 74 runs in the reverse encounter at Durban and he will be the key man for the Knights in the middle order. In terms of bowling, the team will bank on Marchant de Lange, Ryan McLaren and Eddie Leie to push the Dolphins on the backfoot. Marchant de Lange dismissed the top three batsmen in the Dolphins' batting line-up last time and the fast bowler is more likely to trouble them again. McLaren has plenty of international experience under his belt and the Knights will need him to bring all that experience into play.
Knights Predicted Playing 11
Grant Mokoena, Andries Gous, Keegan Petersen, Petrus van Biljon (c), Rudi Second (wk), Patrick Kruger, Ryan McLaren, Marchant de Lange, Eddie Leie, Ottniel Baartman, Tshepo Ntuli
Dolphins Team News & Playing 11
The Dolphins have a few quality batsmen in their side and they will look to their opening pair of Morne van Wyk and Vaughn van Jaarsveld to lay a solid platform for the batsmen to follow. Sarel Erwee, however, is the key man in this batting group. The number three batsman recently cracked an unbeaten ton against Cape Cobras and he also hit a fifty against the Knights in the reverse encounter. Dane Vilas and Khaya Zondo too have the potential to score the big runs. The Dolphins have lost a lot of power from their bowling department with the departure of Andile Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir. They now rely heavily on Keshav Maharaj, Senuran Muthusamy and Calvin Savage to take wickets and pull back the opposition's scoring-rate. Senuran Muthusamy was the pick of the bowlers last time against the Knights with figures of 2-35 from ten overs and the team will be expecting another good showing from this left-arm spinner.
Dolphins Predicted Playing 11
Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Morne van Wyk, Sarel Erwee, Dane Vilas (wk), Khaya Zondo (c), Calvin Savage, Senuran Muthusamy, Keshav Maharaj, Prenelan Subrayen, Kerwin Mungroo, Okuhle Cele
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
KNG : NR L L L NR
DOL : L W L W W
Knights vs Dolphins Prediction
The Knights have had a very disappointing season so far. There have been a few good individual performances but they just have not been able to fire together as a team. There is a lot pressure on them now as any more slip-ups from here on will be detrimental to their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals. The Dolphins, on the other hand, have fared way better in the tournament. They will gain confidence from the fact that they have been beaten only once by the Knights in the last five head-to-head encounters. The Dolphins also have a comparatively stronger batting line-up which is another reason why we feel they have a better chance of emerging victorious in this match.
Final Verdict: Back Dolphins to beat Knights in this 24th match of the Momentum One Day Cup 2019.