26.11.2020 07:39 pm
The Lions and the Warriors triumphed on the last day of their 4-Day Domestic Series matches.
The Lions had a daunting target of 334 to chase down and several in-form Knights bowlers to contend with, but a remarkable opening stand of 256 between Josh Richards and Dominic Hendricks paved the way for an incredible come-from-behind victory by the home side in their 4-Day Domestic Series match at the Wanderers on Thursday.
The hosts might have the edge in the fast bowling stakes, but in Adil Rashid, England have one of the best limited overs spinners around.
There were some quality performances on the second day of the local competition, with Khaya Zondo’s century the pick of the bunch.
“I can sit for an hour doing what seems like nothing, no problem. And being confined to a five-star hotel is an absolutely minute price to pay to be able to do what we love doing.”
Team Buttler, captained by tour vice-captain Jos Buttler, cruised to a six-wicket win with 7.2 overs to spare.
The Proteas hopeful batted through to a classy 149 not out, a boundary-laden innings with 27 fours and a six off just 189 deliveries.
South African fast bowler looking forward to contest with the likes of Stokes, Buttler, Morgan, Roy and Bairstow.
The Titans’ powerful top order gives them an edge against the Warriors, while the Dolphins and Cobras lock horns in Durban.
The team are set to face England in three ODIs and three T20 matches from next week in the Western Cape ‘bio-bubble’.
South Africa’s two speedsters were in good form in the IPL and will go into the England series with plenty of confidence.
One game from each of the remaining rounds will be showcased.
And, veteran AB de Villiers remains on the radar, with the coach saying he’s open to having discussions with the star batsman.
The national team head coach said the bio-bubble in which players had been placed was similar to security bubbles which the squad had previously experienced while playing in other countries.
The cricket body said approximately 50 COVID-19 PCR tests had been performed on players and support staff prior to entering the bio-safe environment.