Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction for Mzansi Super League Cape Town Blitz vs Tshwane Spartans
Newlands, the home ground of Cape Town Blitz, will have the privilege of hosting the opening fixture of Mzansi Super League.
As much as this match is about the squads that both teams have been able to put together, it is also about availability. Several players from both teams are on national duty for the only T20 between South Africa and Australia and Zimbabwe's tour of Bangladesh.
Capetown Blitz in particular will have to bear the disadvantage of not having the likes of Quinton de Kock, Andile Phehlukwayo and Dale Steyn. More importantly, their captain Farhaan Behardien will also not be available.
Tshwane Spartans will also be affected by it but to a relatively lesser level. They will be without Lungi Ngidi, Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams.
Cape Town have roped in Ashwell Prince as their coach while Behardien will lead the side. Dawid Malan and Asif Ali are their two explosive batsmen. Malan also starred with a 54-ball 85 in the warm up match against Paarl Rocks.
Cape Town largely depend on spinners with the likes of George Linde, Dane Piedt and Samuel Badree in their ranks. However, this can also turn out to be a weakness on flat pitches as Cape Town do not have too much fast bowling acumen to go along with their spinners.
Tshwane Spartans will be led by the dynamic AB de Villiers, who will play his first competitive match since retirement. ABD and Mark Boucher have been very thick since their playing days and that equation should also prove handy for them after Boucher has joined the team as coach.
Eoin Morgan and Dean Elgar will provide solidity to the batting order while locals Rory Kleinveldt and Andrew Birch will take up the bowling responsibility for the Spartans along with Sri Lanka's Jeevan Mendis.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Tshwane Spartans- Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers (c), Eoin Morgan, Rilee Rossouw, Theunis de Bruyn, Gihahn Cloete (wk), Robbie Frylinck, Jeevan Mendis, Rory Kleinveldt, Lutho Sipamla, Andrew Birch
Cape Town Blitz- Asif Ali, Dawid Malan (c), Janneman Malan, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne (wk), George Linde, Malusi Siboto, Ferisco Adams, Dane Piedt, Samuel Badree, Anrich Nortje
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Tshwane Spartans
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Dawid Malan (Cape Town Blitz), AB de Villiers (Tshwane Spartans)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Samuel Badree (Cape Town Blitz), Andrew Birch (Tshwane Spartans)
Most Sixes – Dawid Malan (Cape Town Blitz), AB de Villiers (Tshwane Spartans)
Team Scores Batting First – Cape Town Blitz 150+, Tshwane Spartans 160+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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