WEP vs HL Dream11 Prediction: In the first match of the CSA T20 Cup 2021-22 season, the Western Province will be locking horns with the Highveld Lions at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on 24 September. This will be the opening match of the competition and the first of the double-header day. Therefore, the pitches are expected to fresh in the initial phase of the tournament.
Both these teams witnessed pretty contrasting fortunes in the previous edition of the CSA T20 Cup. The Western Province had a really disappointing campaign as they managed to win just a single match and finished last on the points table in the Pool C. On the other hand, the Highveld Lions were the winners of the CSA T20 Cup 2020-21 edition as they defeated Dolphins in the finals by 4 wickets.
In the last meeting between these two teams during the CSA T20 Cup 2020-21 season, the Highveld Lions registered a comprehensive 7-wicket victory against Western Province. The Highveld Lions had a spectacular campaign in the previous edition of the competition as they ended up losing just a single match out of their 7 games. They will be hoping to make a good start this season as well.
Fixture Name: Match 1, Western Province vs Highveld Lions
Competition: CSA T20 Cup
Date: 24 September
Time: 1:30 PM IST
Team Form Guide:
WEP (recent last): L L L L L
HL (recent last): W W W L W
Ground: Diamond Oval, Kimberley
Pitch Report: The surface at the Diamond Oval is expected to offer enough help to the batsmen and the bowlers. Things will be a little difficult for the bowlers as the batters will make merry in these brilliant conditions. The spinners will surely come into play as the game progresses. However, the captain winning the toss will choose to bowl first.
The Highveld Lions were the champions of the last season of the CSA T20 Cup and thus, it will be a calculative move to pack your fantasy cricket teams with more of HL players. The likes of Wayne Parnell, Dominic Hendricks, Zubayr Hamza and Ryan Rickelton will be the must pick players for this match. It will be a good deal to include as many batsmen to increase the chances of winning.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Kyle Verreynne, Ryan Rickelton
BATSMEN: Dominic Hendricks, Tony de Zorzi, Zubayr Hamza
ALL-ROUNDERS: Kagiso Rapulana, Sisanda Magala, Wayne Parnell
BOWLERS: Beuran Hendricks, Lutho Sipamla, Malusi Siboto
The Highveld Lions are definitely the better side in this contest as they were adjudged as the winners of the previous edition of the tournament. Highveld Lions are very much likely to win this match. However, on the other end, Western Province will also be aiming to start this season of the CSA T20 Cup on a positive note.
For the Western Province, it will be really important to put up an improved show both in the batting as well as bowling department as compared to the last season. The likes of Kyle Verreynne, Zubayr Hamza, Tony Zorzi and Jonathan Bird will have to take the responsibilities with the bat in this match. On the other hand, Wayne Parnell, Beuran Hendricks and Basheeru Walters will also have to play a significant role in the bowling department.
Western Province’s young batsman Zubayr Hamza performed impressively well in the last edition of the CSA T20 Cup. He scored a total of 145 runs from just 5 innings at an average of 48.33. Zubayr has scored nearly 500 runs so far in his overall T20 career and thus, he will surely be a key player to watch out for in this match for the Western Province.
For the Western Province, the experience of veteran all-rounder Wayne Parnell will come very much handy in this opening game against Highveld Lions. The left-hander has been quite an experienced performer for the South Africa team across different formats over the years and has done reasonably well at the biggest level. In his overall T20 career so far, Parnell has picked up more than 200 wickets and also scored nearly 1600 runs.
WEP Playing 11 (likely)
Tony de Zorzi
The Highveld Lions will be quite confident of their chances as they performed exceptionally well both with the bat and ball in the CSA T20 Cup 2020-21 season. The trio of Ryan Rickelton, Dominic Hendricks and Mitchell van Buuren will have to come good in the batting department once again to start strongly in the upcoming edition of the competition. On the other side, Lutho Sipamla, Malusi Siboto and Sisanda Magala will be their crucial bowlers.
For the Highveld Lions, Dominic Hendricks played really well with the bat in the recent while. He also has an excellent record in the shortest format of the game and is a consistent performer in limited-overs cricket. Hendricks has smashed more than 700 runs at an average of 33.21. He has already notched up five crucial half-centuries in his T20 career.
Highveld Lions skipper Ryan Rickelton will have to lead his side from the front in the absence of some senior players. He has always done really well with the bat in the Twenty20 format and has notched up more than 850 runs at a strike-rate of nearly 125. In 44 T20 matches, Rickelton has smacked a wonderful total of 5 fifties. He will be an important performer in this opening game for the Highveld Lions in the batting department.
HL Playing 11 (likely)
Mitchell van Buuren
Watch the CSA T20 Cup 2021-22 Live score and streaming on Cricket South Africa’s official YouTube Channel. All the player stats, details, analysis and match scores along with exciting live ball-to-ball commentary will be available on Cricket South Africa’s official YouTube channel. There will a great experience of entertainment. There will be some really talented players in action in this WEP vs HL match.
The 2021-22 edition of the CSA T20 Cup will not be broadcasted on the television in India. The television broadcasting rights were not up for grabs as it is a domestic limited-overs tournament played in South Africa and the live streaming will be available only at the online platform which is the Cricket South Africa’s official YouTube channel.
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