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Lions vs Warriors Predictions & Tips - Lions backed to reach CSA Challenge final
- Lions vs Warriors predictions for Saturday’s CSA T20 Challenge play off
- The match will be played at Kingsmead at 12:30 GMT
- Reeza Hendricks smashed 75 runs in his last innings
- I am backing Reeza Hendricks to take the Lions into the CSA Challenge final
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Lions vs Warriors Predictions
The Lions come into the playoff having lost just once in their five matches. They are stacked with international stars and should have the quality to reach the final. My best bet is for Rassie van der Dussen to score over 21.5 runs.
- Lions’ Reeza Hendricks has scored 39+ runs in 3 of his last 4 matches.
- Lions’ Rassie van der Dussen has scored 30+ runs in 3 of his last 5 matches.
- Lions have beaten the Warriors in 3 of their last 4 matches.
- Warriors’ JJ Smuts scored 33 runs in his last match.
Head to Head
Lions have won three of their last four matches against the Warriors, including the CSA Challenge final in 2019. They met earlier this season at Kingsmead where the Lions won by four wickets.
The Lions finished second on the table after winning four of their five matches. Their only defeat came against the Dolphins who topped the table.
In their last match, the Lions beat the Cobras by seven wickets at Kingsmead. The Cobras batted first and scored 144 runs in their 20 overs. Lutho Sipamla was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2-27.
Reeze Hendricks scored 75 runs in the chase while Temba Bavuma offered him support with 29 runs. They got home with three balls to spare after a 10-ball 25 by Wiaan Mulder.
Middle order batsman, Rassie van der Dussen is also in fine form with three 30+ scores in his last five matches. In his last five matches, he has only been dismissed twice.
Lions Injuries & Team News
The Lions won’t want to be changing their winning combinations in a crucial playoff fixture. I expect them to go into this match unchanged.
The Warriors have somehow qualified for the playoffs after losing their first three matches. Two subsequent victories was enough to sneak them into third place ahead of the Titans.
The Warriors batted first in their last match against the Knights. It was a must-win encounter for both sides but the 157 runs posted by the Eastern Cape-based outfit was enough.
Lesiba Ngoepe top scored on 41 runs while JJ Smuts offered a valuable 33 runs at the top of the order.
Mthiwekhaya Nabe was superb with the ball for the Warriors, taking 3-19 in four overs. That was enough for the Warriors to win by 14 runs.
Warriors Injuries & Team News
The Warriors will be worried about their run scoring in the tournament thus far. Players like Gihahn Cloete, JJ Smuts or Sinethemba Qeshile will need to perform if they are to reach the final.
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The Lions have plenty of quality throughout their squad and with Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen in good form, should have too much quality for the Warriors.
Van der Dussen is backed to score over 21.5 runs while Reeza Hendricks can be backed in the best Lions batsman market. For the Warriors, JJ Smuts is tipped to top score.
Best Bet: Rassie Over 21.5 Runs Over/Under Runs @-120.48 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Lions Batsman Tip: Reeza Hendricks Best Lions Batsman @240.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Warriors Batsman Tip: JJ Smuts Best Warriors Batsman @260.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit