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We are almost at the fag end of the Momentum One Day Cup and the qualifaction scenarios for most of the teams seem crystal clear. Position at the top two spot on the points table respectively, Dolphins and Lions seem all set to qualify for the playoffs. While the Dolphins already have a berth confirmed, the Lions are need a win to confirm a slot. The Lions have an extra game available with them so they shouldn't be concerned about qualifying for the playoffs. Dolphins and Lions are set to take on each other in the top of the table contest on Thursday, March 5th, at Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban.
The Lions, for most part of the tournament, played with a depleted side as most of their players were busy playing for the national side. And if we consider that, it certainly seems surprising that they have done so well in the tournament. They are placed at the second spot on the ladder with 22 points to their name in six matches. They have a fantastic net run-rate of 0.656, which provides them the cushion if things get a little tricky towards the end.
The Lions are coming off a close win in their previous match, in which they defeated Warriors by a narrow margin of nine runs. Shortened to 39 overs at first, the match then shortened to 35 overs with Warriors needing 250. The Warriors batted well and showed heart, but Lions bowlers kept picking up wickets at regular intervals as they restricted Warriors to 240. While all their bowlers were expensive, they all picked up wickets and that is what made the difference at the end. Aaron Phangiso and Ayavya Myoli both picked up a couple of wickets each.
Earlier with the bat, the Lions were terrific. After having a dismal run while playing for South Africa, Reeza Hendricks announced himself back into the Lions' squad with a superb century. He scored 112 off just 105 deliveries and was ably supported by Dominic Hendricks who contributed with 70 off 80. These two players played for most part of Lions' innings and their other batsmen didn't get a chance to contribute much. Wihan Lubbe scored 20 off 14. Lions' batting was doing well even in the absence of Reeza Hendricks. Now that Hendricks has returned back to their, their batting looks even more potent. They have a few issues with their bowling and they would like to address them going forward in the tournament. Having said that, considering the form they are in, the issues shouldn't be concerning them much and they are certainly going to present Dolphins a new set of challenges.
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