Bloemfontein - Rilee Rossouw and Quinton Friend are both
back to boost the Knights for their Sunfoil Series clash against the
top-of-the-table Titans starting at the Mangaung Oval on Thursday.
The hosts saw their batting line-up torn to shreds by Imran
Tahir in their last outing and will be counting on the experience of Proteas'
returnee Rossouw to bolster the top order.
"You can’t take anything away from Imran, he bowled
really well," coach Nicky Boje said. "He bowled us out there and
there's not much you can do if someone bowls like that."
Friend, meanwhile, is back from injury with the pair coming
back set to take the places of Dillon du Preez, who has a calf injury, and Pite
van Biljon. Shadley van Schalkwyk was also injured against the Dolphins, with
Tumi Masekela set to take his place in the team.
Defeat in their last game has left the Knights in third
position after two rounds of games, but Boje is hoping for an improved showing,
particularly with Rossouw back. "Rilee's a quality player and will make a
difference in any side, not just with the bat, but his experience as a cricket
player," the coach added.
The high-flying Titans, meanwhile, seem to be riding the
crest of the wave. Buoyed by their RAM SLAM T20 success last month, they won
their opening two matches of the four-day competition to sit top of the pile.
But they still have few things to worry about, according to
coach Rob Walter. "There's always areas to work on and improve," he
said. "In every game you have to strive to get better and we need to work
on our ability to execute our plans and maintain our skill levels on the field.
"With the bat it's making sure we eradicate any soft
dismissals and making sure the opposition have to work for our wickets."
The Titans are without captain Henry Davids, though, after
he took a blow to the eye in training this week. Qaasim Adams has been recalled
from his two-game loan spell with the Highved Lions to plug that void.
With Quinton de Kock and Chris Morris away on national duty,
rookie Heinrich Klaasen and Marchant de Lange are expected to be elevated to
the starting XI.