IPL: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 24th Match

It’s been an awful journey for the Rising Pune Supergiant so far and ofcourse for the new Captain Steven Smith. A side studded with Big Names like Dhoni, Smith and Rahane is yet to make an impact. Standing at the bottom of the table with 2 wins and 3 losses Supergiant will be looking to rejuvenate themselves from hereon. They have got the 5 days break between their last and next match.  Pune pitch supports spinner little bit and both the teams will be looking to exploit the chances as they have quality spinners in the side.

Supergiant won their last game against Royal Challengers and that too at Challengers home by the collective bowling efforts. Batting first, Supergiant’s openers Rahane and Tripathi gave the smashing start and added 63 runs on the score board with the run rate of 8+ but sooner RCB put their best bowler Badree and he succeeded in picking up one of the best batsman against Spin, Rahane. He completely deceived by the ball and got clean bowled after scoring 30 runs off 25 balls. Rahul Tripathi showed what he can do with the bat against Lions and similar was expected from him against RCB as well. Going on the line he was hitting the ball with much more conviction but it was Negi who could not let him continue what his job was to do. Tripathi scored quick 31 runs off 23 balls – A job well done. This time Dhoni stood up with Smith and added 58 runs for the 3rd wicket partnership but very unusual to their batting style, they slowed down the run rate further. Pune lost both of them in back to back two balls. 1st one to go was Dhoni scoring 28 off 25 and he was clean bowled by Shane Watson. 2nd one to go was Steven Smith in the same way as Dhoni. He was picked up by Aravind scoring only 27 runs off 24 balls. After loosing two quick wickets by Pune, the further damage was done by Milne and Aravind. In next two over Pune lost 3 more wickets. Aravind picked up Dan Christian and further Milne who was playing his first match clean bowled Ben Stokes and in next ball sent Shardul Thakur as well to the pavilion. It was Manoj Tiwary quick fire 27 runs off 11 balls which enable Supergiant to post 161 runs to the score board. In response, RCB got a poor start and it was Shardul Thakur who gave the early breakthrough and sent the Mandeep Singh on a duck. It was Kohli and ABD on the crease the two most dangerous batsman in the world but it was not their day. Kohli who was looking in nice touch could not continue his inning further and scored 28 runs off 19 balls. He was picked up by Ben Stokes. Very much on the expected lines, Smith called Imran Tahir and to RCB’s disappointment he bid a good bye to his fellow AB de Villers. ABD scored 29 runs. Jadhav who has really getting the praise for his batting but not this time, Unadkat who was playing his 1st match clean bowled Jadhav and in the next over it was Watson who got clean bowled on Shardul Thakur’s bowling. RCB by then lost their 5 wickets on 101 and it looked like their game is over. Binny and Negi put some fast runs but it was not over for Pune. Thakur and Stokes came to finish the unfinished task and picked up Negi and Binny in back to back two overs. Shardul Thakur and Ben Stoke stole the show by taking 3 wickets each followed by Unadkat 2 wickets and Tahir 1 wicket.

Defending Champion Sunrisers Hyderabad are performing very much on expected lines. With strong batting and bowling line-up they are at the 3 position with 4 wins and 2 losses. They have an aggressive Captain who is known for leading from the front whether it is batting or fielding. And in this season they are one of the top contender to carry IPL 10 cup. Last match Sunrisers played against Daredevils and as expected it was more than entertaining with two strong bowling sides.  Sunrisers won the toss and very much unexpected to the trend chose to bat first. They were playing against one of the strongest bowling line up this season and got the taste very early. In form David Warner who is in prime form lost his wicket scoring only 4 runs and it was Chris Morris who sent him as early as it can be but Sunrisers played their game very well and this time they called Kane Williamson and with Shikhar Dhawan it was no looking back for them. They added 136 runs partnership for 2 wicket and put Sunrisers in strong position. Morris picked 2nd wicket and sent Williamson scoring 89 runs in just 51 balls. After this, Dhawan played some shot but it was Morris again who picked his wicket. Dhawan scored 70 off 50 balls. Next ball Morris struck again and it was dangerous Yuvraj Singh to go. Unbeaten Henriques and Hooda posted the score of 191 runs. In response, Delhi Daredevils lost early wicket of Billings and it was newcomer Sunrisers introduced who picked the wicket – M. Siraj. Nair and Samson put up 71 runs for the 2nd wicket partnership. Next one to go was Nair and he showed some commitment this and but could not stay on the wicket and got run out scoring 33 runs. Rishbah Pant promoted up the order but wasted the opportunity and got out on a duck. He was picked up by Yuvraj Singh. M. Siraj came in for the 2nd spell and soon he came, he pick up Samson and gave the required breakthrough to his team. Iyer and Mathews showed some resistance and added 70 runs for the 5th wicket partnership. But slow start by the Mathews and a call to send him before them Chris Morris cost Daredevils their match. Iyer completed his 50 and Mathews got out scoring 31 runs and taken by S. Kaul. Sunrisers Hyderabad won the match by 15 runs. M. Siraj was the pick of the bowler from Hyderabad. He picked 2 wickets for 39 runs in 4 overs followed by S. Kaul and Yuvraj 1 wicket each.

Probable 11: 

Pune: M. Dhoni (wk), A. Rahane, R. Tripathi, S. Smith, B. Stokes, M. Tiwary, D. Christian, S. Thakur, J. Unadkat, R. Chahar, I. Tahir.

Hyderabad: N. Ojha (wk), D. Warner, S. Dhawan, K. Williamson, Y. Singh. M. Henriques, D. Hooda, B. Kumar, R. Khan, M. Siraj, S. Kaul

Quick Facts:

Dan Christain has not been useful and can be replaced by Zampa as Pune pitch supports spinner and this can be the only move by Pune.

If they bring in Zampa then it is likely Rahul Chahar can be replaced by Deepak Chahar as Pune unlikely to go with 3 spinners and Deepak Chahar is fast bowler.

For Hyderabad as Williamson comes in and showed great performance, their top order seem to be perfect fit and Henriques could be axed because after first two matches he is yet to shine. If this happens then M. Nabi could be the one to replace him.

There is no update of Ashish Nehra. He is the important bowler and for Hyderabad it is important he should play as it is a long tournament and Nehra is experienced bowler and very useful too. If he is fit then S. Kaul could be the one to make way for him.

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Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh (1st Test)

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It’s first test match and Bangladesh will be ready to face Sri-Lanka at Galle. And we should remember that Bangladesh side has improved a lot in last few years with some talented players have joined the side.

Sri-Lanka will be having new Captain Rangana Herath as Angelo Mathews is injured. Gunaratne and Dickwella has been included in the test squad due to their recent performances but Kusal Perera and Kaushal Silva could not make it due to their poor form. Malinda Pushpakumara added to the squad and is very good bowler (spin) but he will play or not the question remains as their are many bowlers who are more experienced than him like Dilruwan Perera and Lakshan Sandakan.

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Sri Lanka squad: Rangana Herath (capt), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Vikum Sanjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Malinda Pushpakumara.

Probable 11: Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Asela Gunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara

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Mustafizur Rahman is up and fit as he struggled during test series against India due to injuries and bowling attach will be more powerful with Shakib, Mehedi Hasan, Taskin and Rubel. Its a subcontinent pitch and it supports spin so match would be interesting and both the teams are sort of equal with Sri Lanka leading lil bit due to Herath. But Bangladesh has Strong bowling lineup as well… Phewww… I hope it gets as interesting as India Aussie match. Liton Das will be the wicket keeper for Bangladesh as Mushfiqur Rahim has given up the WK and will be playing as specialist batsman. Imrul Kayes is out due to injury but he may be available for 2nd test though it is not sure as injury is not so series. Choice to be made between Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman.

Bangladesh squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mosaddek Hossain, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Subashis Roy, Rubel Hossain.

Probable 11: Liton Das (wk), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam

England vs West Indies (2nd ODI)

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Once again its Morgan who has proved from his performance why he is very important. As a replacement Billings has been keen to prove his mettle and busy in doing it but he has to do more than just a half century to cement his place in the playing 11. Apart from Morgan, Stokes made 55 runs and Ali made unbeaten 31 runs. Woakes and Plunkett took 4-4 wickets to wrap up the WI sides. But WI did left an imprint with Jason Mohammed and Carter’s performance. Gabriel and Nurse took 2-2 wickets.

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Both the teams would likely to go unchanged but in WI Rovman Powell might might get a chance to feature and he should as he is really a talent.

Buttler was a disappointment in the first match and it has been a while we have not seen his bat speaking and this could be the match or it may happen that Bairstow gets a chance to perform.

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England Probable 11: Buttler (wk), Roy, Billings, Root, Morgan, Stokes, Ali, Plunkett, Woakes, Finn, Rashid.

WI Probable 11: Hope (wk), K. Brathwaite, Lewis, Carter, J Mohammed, K. Powell, Holder, C. Brathwaite, Nurse, Bishoo, Gabriel.

Possible Lineup: Hope/Buttler (wk), Root, Roy/Billings, Morgan, Carter, Mohammed, Stokes, Woakes, Plunkett, Gabriel, Nurse.

One can opt for C. Brathwaite inplace of Nurse

K. Brathwaite  can replace Mohammed/Carter though he has performed in first match but K. Brathwaite by experience or Average is much much better than both of them even.

Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators (Final)

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Peshawar Zalmi rode its way to final after winning an Eliminator against Karachi Kings and once again it is against Quetta Gladiators who always have had upper hand.

Quetta Gladitors key foreign players will not be with the team due to security concerns. So, now they are more or less on their own because without Pieterson, Mills and Rossouw its going to be Tough, really Tough..!!! Now the foreign players who will be featuring in the squad Bangladesh’s Anamul Haque, South Africa’s Morne van Wyk, Zimbabwe’s Elton Chigumbura and Sean Ervine, and West Indies’ Rayad Emrit

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For Peshawar Zalmi, Shahid Afridi will not be taking part in finals due to finger injury, Sammy, Samuels,Jordon and Malan will be with the team to Lahore. Samit Patel, has not been given an NOC by his county Nottinghamshire, and will not travel to Lahore.

Finally for Peshawar, Kamran Akmal’s blasting century, Samuels  unbeaten 37 runs in just 22 balls, Jordon and Riaz 3-3 wickets have made tough for the Quetta even more.

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Peshawar Probable 11: Akmal(wk), Malan, Samuels, Sammy, Hafeez, Jordon, Riaz, Hasan Ali, M. Asghar, Khushdil Shah, Sohaib Maqsood

It will be a challenge and surprise to get the 11 for Quetta Gladiators.

Quetta Probable 11: Sarfraz (wk), A. Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Anamal Haque, Chigumbura/Ervine, Saad Nasim, Anwae Ali, M. Nawaz, Hasan Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Rayad Emrit.

Possible Lineup: Akmal/Sarfraz (wk), Malan, Samuels, Shehzad, Shafiz, Hafeez, Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Jordon, Riaz, Babar.

Rayad Emrit will be replacing the Mills but we can not risk to take him.

Out of Anamul Haque, Wyk, Chigumbura and Ervine, only 3 will feature and yes for the first time in PSL.

Wyk is in form as he has recently hit a century in MODC/SA League, Chigumbara have not featured in international cricket from a while.

Sean Ervine and Anamul Haque has performed quite decently in domestic or county cricket.

Australia vs New Zealand (Women)

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It’s a decider match between Southern Stars and White Ferns. Australia showed brilliant all round performance in the last match. B. Mooney in form made 57, while Lanning and Blackwell built the innings made the score too easy to chase. Blackwell being the top scorer made a come back after century with a half century and sent a strong message. Wellington and Farrell took 3-2 wickets but Perry who got injured in between could not come to bat and took only 1 wicket. And picture is still not clear if she will play in decider or not but as per news coming out she will probably play as she is the most imp play in the team.

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In New Zealand, as expected the Satterthwaite performed and made being the top scorer of the match could not save New Zealand from loss. Martin and Perry did show some intent but could not stay longer. Kerr being the highest wicket taker who took 4 wickets and surprised everyone specially Australian and she is just 16.

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Australia Probable 11: Healy(wk), Bolton, Mooney, Lanning, Villani, Blackwell, Jonassen, Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Wellington, Farrel

New Zealand Probable 11: Priest (wk), Bates, Satterthwaite, Martin, Perkins,Liz Perry, Peterson, Bermingham, Tahuhu, Kerr, Huddleston

Possible Lineup 1: Priest (wk), Bates, Satterthwaite, Ellyse Perry, Lanning, Perkins, Mooney, Huddleston, Kerr, Wellington, Farrell

Possible Lineup 2: Healy(wk), Bates, Satterthwaite, Ellyse Perry, Blackwell, Mooney, Martin, Tahuhu, Kerr, Wellington, Farrell

CAP: Satterthwaite/Bates

VC: Lanning/Blackwell

Ireland vs UAE (2nd ODI)

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Ireland won 1st match by 85 runs with a brilliant knock by Porterfield. It’s been a while he was struggling with his form and this is the best way to find a form. Ireland put a score of 270 runs with some quick runs by Brien Brother and in response UAE got out on just 185 runs. Dockrell from Ireland took 3 wickets supported by Chase and Mcbrine who took 2-2 wickets. ED Joyce expected to play in 2nd match and may replace Balbirnie

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Zahoor Khan was the best performer from UAE, he picked up  6 wickets, Rohan Mustafa who showed all rounder performance picked up 1 wicket and made 43 runs  and Mohammad Naveed started really well with bowling  and took early two wickets of Ireland. The most talented and experienced player of UAE Shaiman Anwar did not perform but he could return to his form on Saturday where UAE will be needing his experience to win the match to equal the three match series with 1-1. Raza and Haider went very expensive in their spells with no success. Lots of will be expected from Anwar, Raza and Usman who failed to perform in the 1st match. M Qasim may get a chance to play who is expected to replace Rameez Shahzad

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Ireland Probable 11: Porterfield, Stirling, Balbirnie, Naill O’Brien (wk), Kevin O’Brien, Wilson, Thompson, Mcbrine, Dockrell, Young, Chase

UAE Probable 11: Mustafa, M. Naveed, Mufti, S. Anwar, R. Shahzad, M. Usman, G. Shabber (wk), Ahmed Raza, Amjad, Javed, Zahoor Khan, Imran Haider.

Possible Lineup: Naill O’Brien (wk), Anwar, Porterfield, Stirling, Mustafa, Kevin O’Brien, Naveed, Zahoor, Dockrell, Thompson, Raza.

CAP: Porterfield/Mustafa

VC: Kevin O’Brien/Anwar

New Zealand vs South Africa (5th ODI)

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It’s the 5th one day international match and a decider after a thrilling innings by Martin Guptill in the last match. Final match is in Auckland, Eden Park and pitch seems to be supporting the spinners but its a true wicket at the start it will surely support pacers.

Andile Phehlukway injured in the last match but he is fit and can replace Morris who did not perform as expected in last two matches and may be Tabraiz Shamsi get a chance to play. David Miller and JP Duminy could not help to built innings which put undue pressure on first four batsmen. Finally in the series we saw runs coming out of Faf’s bat and this match may be the big one for him as he hasn’t yet performed. ABD superb as always but its finals and one man can not win.

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With Guptill superb 180, Taylor made 66 runs and once again he showed why he is one of the best. Jeetan Patel threw a twist to the match by taking 2 wickets and Eden Park’s pitch surely going to support his bowling, Santner and Neesham as usual contributed with the ball by taking 1 wicket each. Southee was very expensive in last few matches though he has been taking wicket in every match in the series.Ferguson may get a chance to replace either Patel or Southee

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NZ Probable 11: Ronchi (wk), Guptill, Taylor, Williamson, Brownlie, Santner, Neesham, Grandhomme, Boult, Jeetan Patel, Southee

SA Probable 11: Kock (wk), Amla, Faf, ABD, Duminy, Miller, Tahir, Morris/Phehlukway, Pretorius, Rabada, Parnell,

Possible Lineup 1: Kock(wk), Faf, Williamson, Abd, Guptill, Pretorius, Santner, Boult, Tahir, Rabada, Patel

Amla and Taylor can be replaced with Faf and Williamson

Possible Lineup 2: Kock(wk), Amla, Taylor, Abd, Guptill, Pretorius/Parnell, Santner, Boult, Tahir, Rabada, Patel

Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings (Eliminator)

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It’s an Eliminator match and winner will find their way to the Final of PSL Season 2. Quetta Gladiators has already qualified for the finals and the clash for the champion is on Sunday. This season seems to be the replica of 1st season Gladiators defeating Zalmi last season and in this season as well. Zalmi would like to create a new history here.

Dawid Malan and M. Hafeez had some really good time in last match which bring them back to the form and the win for their team as well. Shahid Afridi was on fire with his bat and but could not do well in the whole season with the ball. Kamran Akmal has score two half centuries and he has to stay their for a while to get the game going. Samuels is struggling with his form and form for such a good player should not be a challenge to find. Wahab Riaz was the pick of the bowler and took 3 wickets and that too Major One. Iftikhar Ahmed might get a chance to play in place of Haris Sohail and also in last match with Karachi Kings Iftikhar Ahmed picked up two wickets as well. Chris Jordan did not contribute either with a ball or bat. Samit Patel might get a chance in place of Samuels or Jordan as he is an All-rounder.

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Babar Azam opened the innings for Karachi Kings and for a while wait and watch game was going on till the Gayle’s wicket fell and sooner Azam’s. None of the player from Karachi made an impact in batting but it was Karachi’s day. M. Amir is back and with him Imad Wasim, Usama Mir took 3-3-3 wickets.

Peshawar Zalmi Probable 11: K. Akmal (wk), Malan, Hafeez, Samuels, Afridi, Sohail/Iftikhar, Sammy, Jordon, Wahab Riaz, M. Asghar, Hasan Ali

Karachi Kings Probably 11: Sangakkara (wk), Azam, Gayle, S. Malik, Bopara, Pollard, Imad Wasim, Usman Khan, Usama Mir, M. Amir, Sohail Khan

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Possible Lineup 1: Sanga (wk), Samuels, Azam, Malan, Malik, Hafeez, Imad, Amir, Mir, Riaz, Hasan Ali/Jordon 

Possible Lineup 2: Akmal (wk), Gayle, Azam, Pollar, Malan, Malik ,Hafeez, Sammy, Amir, Mir, Riaz

One can opt for bowler also in place of Pollard in team 2

CAP: Azam/Malik

VC: Hafeez/Sanga

England vs West Indies (1st ODI)

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England has reached West Indies and 3 match one day series is going to start on Friday on Caribbean wickets and pitch will help the bowlers at the start.

Alex Hales most likely won’t be a part of 1st match due to Knee Injury and his place will be taken by Sam Billings, who is going to open with man in for Jason Roy. Jake Ball is injured so Tom Curran got a call to be his replacement but he is unlikely to feature in 1st Match.

England Probable 11: Jos Buttler (wk), Joe Root, Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunket, Steven Finn

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Keiran Powell is back in West Indies almost after three years. Rovman Powell, might be upcoming star in West Indies and comparison has already started with Andre Russell. Jason Holder will be holding the baton for West Indies. K. Brathwaite will be opening the innings with Evin Lewis. Shane Dowrich and Cummins are not part of this tour.

West Indies Probable 11: Shai Hope(wk), Evin lewis, Kraigg Brathwaite, Keiran Powell, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel, Rovman Powell, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse

Possible Lineup 1: Buttler (wk), Jason Mohammed, Roy, Root, Evin Lewis, Stokes, Holder, Carlos Brathwaite/Rovman Powell, Woakes, Rashid, Gabriel

Possible Lineup 2: Hope (wk), Jason Mohammed, Roy, Root, Morgan, Stokes, Holder, Moeen Ali, Woakes, Rashid, Gabriel

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CAP: Root/Stokes

VC: Roy/Holder

Warriors vs Dolphins (MODC)

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With unchanged team Dolphins will be playing their 5 ODI on Friday against Warriors. So far this tournament has been good for the Dolphins, they have won 3 out of 4 matches. Keshav has already left to join New Zealand Test Team. Muthusamy who replaced Engelbrecht in the last match performed brilliantly and chipped 2 wickets with good economy rate, Jaarsveld and Wyk started good as an openers and built 100 runs partnership with Jaarsveld half century and from last couple of matches we are seeing runs coming from Jaarsveld and Wyk bat as well. Zondo played nice hands and pushed the score towards victory. With Nipper taking maximum 4 wickets followed by Muthusamy and Subrayen 2-2 wickets.

This is Warriors 4th match and out of 3 they have won only 1 and that too by the all -round performance of JJ Smuts, so it was most awaited performance from the talented player. Harmer and Ingram took 2-2 wickets each and none of the players scored 50 or more runs and highest being 33 runs by JJ Smuts.

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Dolphins Probable 11: Jaarsveld, Wyk(wk), Chetty, Zondo, Nipper, Makhanya, Frylinck, Muthusamy, CP Savage, Subrayen, Shezi

The only change in the warriors in last match was David White who came in place of Ackermann.

Warriors Probable 11: JJ Smuts, Cloete (wk), Ingram, White/Ackermann, Vallie, Ngoepe, Harmer, Birch, Magala, Gqamane, Walters.

Possible Lineup 1: Wyk (wk), Zondo, Jaarsveld, Ingram, Frylinck, JJ Smuts, Nipper, Harmer, Magala, Walters, Shezi

Possible Lineup 2: Cloete (wk), Zondo, Jaarsveld, Ingram, Frylinck, JJ Smuts, Nipper, Vallie, Magala, Walters, Shezi

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CAP: JJ Smuts/Wyk

VC: Frylick/Jaarsveld