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Lions vs Warriors Predictions & Tips - In-form Hendricks to score in Lions victory

  • Lions vs Warriors predictions for Saturday’s CSA T20 Challenge encounter
  • The match will be played at Kingsmead at 08:00 GMT
  • Reeza Hendricks has scored 50+ runs in 2 of his last 3 T20 outings
  • I am backing the Lions for a comfortable win
  • Preview, team news, predictions & stats
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Lions will look to defend their CSA T20 Challenge title in 2020 (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 19 Feb 2021
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Lions vs Warriors Predictions


The Lions have a squad littered with internationals. They should be far superior to the Warriors so my best bet is for the defending champions to get their campaign underway with victory.

  • The Lions’ Reeza Hendricks has scored 50+ runs in 2 of his last 3 T20 matches.
  • The Lions are the defending CSA T20 Challenge champions.
  • The Lions have 11 international players in their squad.
  • Warriors’ Jon-Jon Smuts scored 48 & 102 runs in his last 2 provincial limited overs matches.
  • Warriors have lost 3 of their last 4 limited overs matches.

Head to Head


Over the last three T20 matches between the Lions and Warriors, they have each won one. There was also a no result.

They last met in the 2018/19 CSA T20 Challenge final where the Lions came out victorious by 11 runs at the Wanderers.

Lions Form


The Lions will be looking to defend their CSA T20 Challenge title after winning the tournament in the 2018/19 season. They beat the Warriors by 11 runs in the final at the Wanderers.

In the recently completed Momentum Cup (50 over tournament), the Lions shared the title with the Dolphins after the final was rained out.

There are a number of Lions players who come into the CSA T20 Challenge in good form. None more so than Reeza Hendricks who scored 50+ runs in the first two T20’s against Pakistan for South Africa recently.

Lions Injuries & Team News


The Lions have a squad full of talent with no less than 11 internationals. That includes captain, Temba Bavuma, Reeza Hendricks, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada and Wiaan Mulder.

Warriors Form


The Warriors reached the final of the last edition of the CSA T20 Challenge where they lost to the Lions. 

The Warriors finished bottom of their pool in the 2021 Momentum Cup. This after they managed just one win from their four matches. 

An improvement will be expected from the Warriors, but the reality is that they will rely on a couple of players to put in big performances.

Warriors Injuries & Team News


In terms of international players, the Warriors have very little. Jon-Jon Smuts and Anrich Nortje will have to produce big performances on a consistent basis.

There will also be hope that Sinethemba Qushile can reproduce the form that got him an international call-up a couple of years ago.

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Verdict

The Lions are the defending champions and come into the 2021 tournament with 11 international players in their squad. They are backed to win against the Warriors with the in-form Reeza Hendricks tipped to top score.

For the Warriors, Jon-Jon Smuts has value in the best batsman market.

Best Bet: Lions Win Result @-151.52 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Best Lions Batsman Tip: Reeza Hendricks Best Lions Batsman @275.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Warriors Batsman Tip: Jon-Jon Smuts Best Warriors Batsman @275.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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