Cape Town - The Knights will be boosted by the arrival of West Indian all-rounder, Andre
Russell, as they go into a busy weekend knowing that two victories are required
to keep their Ram Slam T20 hopes alive after a poor start to the campaign.
Knights went down to the Cobras by four wickets on Wednesday night to leave
them rooted to the bottom of the table after losing their first three games in
the competition, making Friday’s televised encounter with The Titans
at the Mangaung Oval a must-win affair.
played a key role in helping the Knights to the final last season, Russell’s
arrival could be timely as they look to turn their fortunes around.
brings a lot of experience, and last year the guys enjoyed him a lot - not only
as a player but also helping a guy like Werner Coetsee with some ideas,” said
coach, Nicky Boje.
almost got to win all of our games now, so we’ll go about that positively. The
thing with T20 is there are very small margins, so we need to make sure that we
are at the top of our game for all 40 overs.”
bad news for the Knights is that Ryan McLaren has returned to the Dolphins, who
opted to cut his loan deal short when Kyle Abbott was called up to the Proteas
losing their opening game, the Titans have won their last two, and will have
all-rounder David Wiese available for the first time in the tournament after he
overcame his hand injury.
Titans have used 15 players in the competition thus far, but are getting closer
to a settled side.
chopping and the changing is trying to find the right combinations at the start
of the tournament, and it’s also the pitches - we’ve played on slower pitches,
especially at home, where we need to play an extra batter and an extra spinner,
so we’ve changed our personnel up,” said Farhaan Behardien.
have to see what we’re faced with in Bloem. Normally it’s a good pitch with a
big field, which brings our spinners into contention. Hopefully we can start
the weekend off well.”