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CSA T20 Challenge 2022 – Rocks vs Knights – 26th Match Prediction

We are slowly but steadily approaching the business end of the CSA T20 Challenge 2022 tournament, and each match will become increasingly important from here on out. With each passing match, the competition for the top-four spots becomes more intense, and even one point could later prove to be the difference between qualification and missing out.

Boland Rocks will face Knights in the next round of the competition, in a match that will be crucial for both teams, albeit for different reasons. Boland Rocks have made an incredible comeback and are on their way to clinching a semifinal spot early, and a win here can help them get there. Knights, on the other hand, are clinging to a sliver of hope in order to remain in the tournament and will absolutely need to win this upcoming contest.

The game between the two teams will take place on February 22nd, 2022 at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.

Match Details to Note

Match: Rocks vs Knights, 26th Match, CSA T20 Challenge 2022

Date: February 22, 2022 (Tuesday)

Time: 6:00 PM IST

Venue: St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

Rocks vs Knights Team Previews

Rocks (Match Odds – 1.57)

There hasn’t been a better storey of resurgence than what the Rocks have shown so far in the tournament. They started off with a couple of disappointing losses, but after their first win of the tournament, they never looked back. They are currently third on the points table, with four wins in six matches, totaling 17 points and a net run rate of 0.270.

Boland Rocks have always had a solid side on paper, but it took them some time to perfect their combination and execution. They will be a dangerous side to deal with, they haven’t got that right. They are well prepared to handle high-pressure situations because they have experience available throughout. They’ve also had almost everyone contribute to a win at least once, which speaks volumes about their team’s balance.

Overall, all the Rocks need to do in this upcoming match is play like they have in their previous matches. If they are able to do that, getting past them will be extremely difficult.

Rocks Squad

Christiaan Jonker, Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan (c), Ruan Terblanche, Ferisco Adams, Imran Manack, Shaun von Berg, Sinalo Gobeni, Clyde Fortuin (wk), Hlomla Hanabe, Achille Cloete, Hardus Viljoen, Khanya Dilima, Siyabonga Mahima, Zakhele Qwabe, Ziyaad Abrahams

Predicted XI: Pieter Malan (c), Janneman Malan, Clyde Fortuin (wk), Ferisco Adams, Michael Copeland, Hardus Viljoen, Hlomla Hanabe, Shaun von Berg, Imran Manack, Siyabonga Mahima, Ziyaad Abraham

Knights (Match Odds – 2.40)

To many people’s surprise, the Knights have been one of the worst-performing teams in the competition, as evidenced by their position on the ladder. They have been far from their best and are now on the verge of being eliminated from the competition. If they lose here in the upcoming match, they will be unable to qualify, and they will be hoping to postpone that for at least one more match.

The Knights have only won one of their six games, and as a result, they are at the bottom of the points table. Not only do they have only four points, but they also have the lowest net run rate of any team in the competition, at -1.307.

With only a mathematical chance of qualifying remaining, the Knights will need to perform exceptionally well in this and the following matches. Going by their recent performance, it will be a difficult climb and they will need to play out of their skins. Make no mistake, the Knights have a capable side at their disposal, and if they can bring their A-game in the next game, even the Rocks will have their work cut out for them.

Knights Squad

Farhaan Behardien, Pite van Biljon (c), Raynard van Tonder, Rilee Rossouw, Jacques Snyman, Matthew Kleinveldt, Migael Pretorius, Patrick Botha, Patrick Kruger, Dilivio Ridgaard, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Wandile Makwetu, Alfred Mothoa, Gerald Coetzee, Gregory Mahlokwana, Mbulelo Budaza, Nealan van Heerden

Predicted XI: Pite van Biljon (c), CP Klijnhans, Jacques Snyman, Patrick Botha, Farhaan Behardien, Patrick Kruger, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Nealan van Heerden, Migael Pretorius, Alfred Mothoa, Gregory Mahlokwana

Rocks vs Knights Toss Prediction

Seven of the last eight games have been won by the team chasing the score. Batting conditions are difficult at the start of the game but improve as the game progresses. The team that wins the toss in the game will look forward to bowling first and limiting their opponents to a low total.

To Win the Toss – Rocks – 1.85

To Win the Toss – Knights – 1.85

Pitch and Weather Conditions

St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth is a fast bowler’s dream, with plenty of swing and seam movement. To succeed on this track, batsmen must rotate their strikes and play to the merits of the ball. Spinners receive little assistance and rely solely on their abilities.

On February 22, the skies over Port Elizabeth would be partly cloudy. So far, we’ve seen difficult batting conditions, and batsmen are likely to struggle on this surface. This track would be ideal for fast bowlers. The team that bats first in this game will be pleased with a total of 160 runs.

Rocks vs Knights Match Prediction

The Knights have had a bad tournament, and their batsmen and bowlers are nervous. They haven’t had much of a chance to compete in the tournament. To win this game, the team would have to make a complete 180-degree turn. The Rocks have momentum on their side, and their bowlers have been excellent. This would make them the odds-on favourite to win this game.

Rocks is the favourite to beat Knights at the odds of 1.57.

  • The Knights have only won one of the six games they have played in the tournament so far. 
  • The Rocks come into this game with three wins in a row, and their confidence is high.
  • With Pieter Malan and Janneman Malan in the squad, the Rocks’ batting is strong, and they add to the team’s experience.

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