An exciting battle between Warriors and Lions in the 3rd match of CSA T20 Challenge 2021 was held on Saturday (February 20) morning at Kingsmead Cricket Ground (Durban). The Lions won by 4 wickets against their opponent Warriors.
Warriors captain Sinethemba Qeshile decided to bat after winning the toss and sent the Lions to field first.
The Warriors batsmen lost the momentum in the aggressive bowling of the Lions’ fast bowlers. As a result, they scored 157 runs losing all the wickets. Lions’ four pacers Sisanda Magala (4), Kagiso Rabada (3), Beuran Hendricks (1), and Dwaine Pretorius (1), took nine of their ten wickets. Spinner Bjorn Fortuin took one wicket. The Warriors lost two wickets in the first six overs and scored 48 runs. Later, they could not extend the innings due to the pressure created by the opponent’s pacers. Captain Sinethemba Qeshile (33) scored the highest runs for the team.
The Lions opener Ryan Rickelton returned to the dressing room being run out in the first over while coming down to bat. After that, they lost two wickets in six overs of Powerplay and scored 54 runs. The Lions reached the target after losing six wickets with four balls to spare thanks to a devastating inning of 84 runs off 41 balls with three fours and four sixes by Rassie van der Dussen. Ayabulela Gqamane (3-20, 3 overs) was the highest wicket-taker for the Warriors.
The Lions won the match and got third place in the points table. The Warriors come down to fourth place in the points table on the other hand.
Warriors – Gihahn Cloete, Sinethemba Qeshile (c & wk), Marco Jansen, Lesiba Ngoepe, JJ Smuts, Wihan Lubbe, Marco Marais, Ayabulela Gqamane, Lizo Makosi, Glenton Stuurman, Anrich Nortje
Lions – Ryan Rickelton (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Delano Potgieter, Dwaine Pretorius, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Bjorn Fortuin, Aaron Phangiso, Beuran Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, Kagiso Rabada
Warriors – 157/10 (19.5)
Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Smuts, 3.6 over), 2-35 (Ngoepe, 4.2 over), 3-36 (Gihahn, 4.4 over), 4-66 (Lubbe, 8.4 over), 5-107 (Qeshile, 14.3 over), 6-125 (Marais, 15.5 over), 7-127 (Gqamane, 16.1 over), 8-140 (Jansen, 17.4 over), 9-140 (Glenton, 17.6 over), 10-157 (Nortje, 19.5 over)
Lions – 159/6 (19.2)
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Rickelton, 1 over), 2-19 (Reeza, 2.2 over), 3-83 (Bavuma, 10.5 over), 4-141 (Dussen, 16.4 over), 5-141 (Potgieter, 16.6 over), 6-151 (Pretorius, 17.6 over)
Result – Lions won by 4 wickets
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