RILEE ROSSOUW will continue to put aside his niggling injury concerns on Sunday as the Chevrolet Knights travel to Bidvest Wanderers to take on the bizhub Highveld Lions in the eliminator of the RAM SLAM T20.
Rossouw was withdrawn from the Proteas squad for Friday’s game against the Springboks at the same venue, but has made himself available for the all-important clash with the Lions, which will decide not only who takes on the Cobras in the final, but who will be South Africa’s second representative in the Champions League Twenty20 next year.
“Rilee injured the ring finger on his left hand in a fielding drill in Australia, and he’s been struggling with it since he got back,” said Knights captain, Werner Coetsee.
“I think he played with it in the last few games over there as well, but luckily for us he’s happy to play on this weekend.”
Quinton Friend remains sidelined with his hamstring problem and so the Knights will go into the match with the same squad that took on the Lions in Wednesday’s game in Kimberley – a match that Coetsee felt his side took plenty from.
The Knights racked up 186 for seven in their 20 overs, before rain halted the game with the Lions 22 without loss in reply.
The Lions will welcome Chris Gayle back into their line-up on Sunday, with the West Indian overcoming his back troubles to form a fearsome opening partnership with Quinton de Kock.
“It is a formidable combination, but at least if they are the opening partnership then the tail looks a bit longer and it makes that partnership all the more important,” said Coetsee.
However, the Lions have been excellent at the Wanderers in this competition, comfortably beating the Dolphins and the Cobras, and captain, Neil McKenzie, expects the home support to give them a lift.
“The crowd in Johannesburg has always been a great support to the team and we are looking forward to giving our best for our loyal supporters,” McKenzie said.
The game gets underway at 2.30pm and will be shown live on SuperSport 2. Since the match is televised, fans attending can participate in the “Win Your Share of a Million competition” by taking a one-handed clean catch. This competition is open to anybody over the age of 18 and is for South African Citizens only. Full Terms and conditions for the competition can be found at www.cricket.co.za.
HEAD TO HEAD – bizhub Highveld Lions vs. Chevrolet Knights
Matches Played 17
Lions Win 05
Knights Win 07
No Result 03
|MATCH STATS (RAM SLAM T20)||BIZHUB HIGHVELD LIONS||CHEVROLET KNIGHTS|
|Highest Score||184/6 (Bloemfontein 2009/2010)||225/6 (Potchefstroom 2004/2005)|
|Lowest Score||95 (Potchefstroom 2004/2005)||125/9 (Johannesburg 2012/2013)|
|Highest Individual Score||85* Neil McKenzie (Bloemfontein 2005/2006)||104 Loots Bosman (Potchefstroom 2004/2005)|
|Best bowling in a match||4/22 Chris Morris (Potchefstroom 2011/2012)||
4/13 Thandi Tshabalala (Potchefstroom 2004/2005)