As we approach the halfway stage of the Momentum One Day Cup 2019, the Knights find themselves at the bottom of the table with no wins in their four matches. They now face a Dolphins side sitting higher up the table, with nothing but a win able to suffice either team's aspirations. While the Dolphins would be without a number of key players for this match, they are still the favourites, although the Knights shouldn't be counted out just yet.
With Kingsmead playing host to this crucial game, a mouth watering match is on the cards for fantasy players to gamble on. Here are a few tips to help you pick your Dream11 team.
Squads to choose from:
Keshav Maharaj, Andile Phehlukwayo, Calvin Savage , Cody Chetty, Dane Vilas, David Miller, Eathan Bosch, Imran Tahir, Kerwin Mungroo, Khaya Zondo, Lwandiswa Zuma, Morne van Wyk, Mthokozisi Shezi, Okuhle Cele, Prenelan Subrayen, Robbie Frylinck, Sarel Erwee, Senuran Muthusamy, Sibonelo Makhanya, Smangaliso Nhlebela, Vaughn van Jaarsveld
Petrus van Biljon, Mbulelo Budaza, Andries Gous, Ryan McLaren, Patrick Kruger, Grant Mokoena, Tshepo Ntuli , Keegan Petersen, Rudi Second, Shadley van Schalkwyk, Jacques Snyman, Thandolwethu Mnyaka, Romano Terblanche, Eddie Leie, Marchant de Lange
Playing XI Updates:
South African internationals David Miller and Imran Tahir are away on national duty and wouldn't be available on Saturday, but it is the departure of Andile Phehlukwayo which must hurt the Dolphins the most, with the all-rounder being the stand-out player for them with bat and ball. Keshav Maharaj should play instead of Tahir, while van Wyk and Makhanya stand a chance of making the playing XI.
Possible XI: Jaarsveld, van Wyk(WK), Erwee, Vilas, Zondo(C), Makhanya, Muthusamy, Savage, Maharaj, Subrayen and Shezi
After a close defeat to the Warriors in their previous match, no changes are expected of the Knights, who need to fine-tune their skills and hope for a complete performance in order to compete with the Dolphins. De Lange and Schalkwyk are in good form along with youngster Jacques Synman, while much is expected of Keegan Petersen and captain Pite van Biljon with the bat.
Possible XI: Mokoena, Gous(WK), Petersen, Biljon(C), McLaren, Kruger, Synman, van Schalkwyk, de Lange, Leie and Budaza
Dolphins vs Knights, Momentum One Day Cup 2019, Match 15
2nd March 2019, 5:00 PM IST
Fantasy Tips and Suggestions:
Wicket-keeper: Dane Vilas is the preferred choice with the former South African wicket-keeper in brilliant form over the last year or so. With Rudi Second out of the reckoning for Knights, Vilas seems to be the only plausible option left.
Batsmen: Keegan Petersen and Khaya Zondo are the perfect set of players to have in the side with their ability to keep the scoreboard ticking being key in this crucial contest. The likes of Pite van Biljon and Vaughan van Jaarsveld are also viable options to have in the side with their expertise bound to come in handy.
All-rounders: Ryan McLaren has been instrumental to the Knights' fortunes with both bat and ball. He is a must have player in the fantasy side along with the likes of Senuran Muthusamy and Jacques Synman, who have done well in the last couple of matches for their respective teams.
Bowlers: The duo of Shadley van Schalkwyk and Marchant de Lange are great options to have in the side while the returning Keshav Maharaj is bound to pick a wicket or two in Durban. One of Shezi and Savage should suffice in rounding off an impressive team on paper.
Captain: Dane Vilas is one of the front-runners for captaincy with the likes of Ryan McLaren and Keegan Petersen also in the reckoning. All of them are in good form with the bat as well, and could put in a match-winning performance on Saturday for their respective teams.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Dane Vilas (WK), Vaughan van Jaarsveld, Keegan Petersen, Khaya Zondo, Pite van Biljon, Ryan McLaren, Senuran Muthusamy, Shadley van Schalkwyk, Marchant de Lange, Keshav Maharaj and Mthokozisi Shezi. Captain: Dane Vilas
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Dane Vilas(WK), Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Pite van Biljon, Khaya Zondo, Ryan McLaren, Senuran Muthusamy, Jacques Synman, Shadley van Schalkwyk, Keshav Maharaj and Calvin Savage. Captain: Ryan McLaren