Having beaten both Durban Heat and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in the last two matches, Jozi Stars have momentum on their side. At the same time, Cape Town Blitz are playing at their home ground at Newlands where they have won both of the last two matches. Additionally, Cape Town Blitz mauled Jozi Stars with a 62-run defeat in the reverse fixture at Johannesburg.
Cape Town Blitz will depend on the opening pair of Quinton de Kock and Jaaneman Malan. Both these batsmen find a place in the top three run-getters of the tournament. While de Kock scored 74 against Jozi Stars, Malan struck 66 against them in the last encounter. de Kock's explosive century against Tshwane Spartans must also have given him a lot of confidence.
The team will miss the services of Anrich Nortje who has been ruled out of the tournament due to injury. Dale Steyn, Mohammad Nawaz and Nortje's replacement Nandre Burger will shoulder the responsibility with the ball.
Jozi Stars will bank on opening batsman Reeza Hendricks who is the highest scorer in MSL 2018 with 267 runs against his name. Hendricks smashed his way to a 62-ball 108 against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and he along with Ryan Rickelton and Rassie van der Dussen will form the core of Jozi Stars' batting lineup.
Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada and Beuran Hendricks are coming off a good run and they will be the major wicket-takers.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Cape Town Blitz- Quinton de Kock (wk), Janneman Malan, Dawid Malan, Farhaan Behardien (c), Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Dane Piedt, Malusi Siboto, Nandre Burge
Jozi Stars- Ryan Rickelton, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Dane Vilas(c/wk), Daniel Christian, Petrus van Biljon, Simon Harmer, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Eddie Leie
Who will win? – Cape Town Blitz
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Quinton de Kock (Cape Town Blitz), Rassie van der Dussen (Jozi Stars)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Dale Steyn (Cape Town Blitz), Kagiso Rabada (Jozi Stars)
Most Sixes – Quinton de Kock (Cape Town Blitz), Rassie van der Dussen (Jozi Stars)
Team Scores Batting First – Cape Town Blitz 160+, Jozi Stars 150+
*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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