However, they will have a good chance against Durban Heat who are languishing at the bottom of the points table despite having several good players in their ranks.
The Jozi Stars added Dwaine Pretorius to their playing XI in place of Duanne Olivier but Pretorius did not fare too well. Still, he might be given one more opportunity.
Ryan Rickelton and Rassie van der Dussen have been the best batsmen for the Stars. Both have one half-century against their name. Reeza Hendricks was dismissed for a duck against Cape Town Blitz but scored a flashy 55 against Tshwane Spartans and would have gained a lot of confidence out of it.
Kagiso Rabada along with Beuran Hendricks and spinner Simon Harmer are expected to be the lead wicket-takers. Harmer returned with a three-wicket haul last time around.
Despite having the likes of Hashim Amla and David Miller, the Heat's batting lineup is yet to pick up. Heinrich Klaasen and Khaya Zondo are also talented individuals. It is just about time that they get into their groove.
Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott and Marchant de Lange are their most potent options with the ball. Dirban Heat started the tournament with a loss against Cape Town Blitz, followed by a 10-run victory over Tshwane Spartans. After back to back defeats, they have to get rid of the rust to have a chance of bouncing back.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Jozi Stars- Ryan Rickelton, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Dane Vilas (c)(wk), Petrus van Biljon, Daniel Christian, Simon Harmer, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius/Duanne Olivier, Beuran Hendricks, Eddie Leie
Durban Heat- Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Khaya Zondo, Albie Morkel (c), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Brandon Mavuta, Kyle Abbott, Marchant de Lange
Who will win? – Jozi Stars
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – David Miller (Durban Heat), Rassie van der Dussen (Jozi Stars)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Brandon Mavuta (Durban Heat), Beuran Hendricks (Jozi Stars)
Most Sixes – David Miller (Durban Heat), Rassie van der Dussen (Jozi Stars)
Team Scores Batting First – Durban Heat 140+, Jozi Stars 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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