Paarl Rocks will also enjoy the home advantage as they beat Cape Town Blitz in the last match at this venue. Paarl Rocks have been rejuvenated by the addition of full-time skipper Faf du Plessis and talented batsman Aiden Markram.
Interim captain Henry Davids is also going well and has scored the most runs for the team. Even in the reverse fixture against Durban Heat, Davids fared well with a 46-run knock.
Paarl Rocks have entrusted new ball duties with left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin and he has settled into the role quite decently. Dane Paterson, David Wiese and Tabraiz Shamsi are the other key bowlers.
Heat's skipper Albie Morkel had an injury scare against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants but he was declared fit.
The Heat batting has a lot of big names like Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen but no one has been able to live up to the expectations. The team has now slotted Bavuma with Amla at the top to make things work out.
With the ball, Kyle Abbott has been their best bowler. In the absence of swing, Vernon Philander has looked quite ordinary. Brendon Mavuta and Marchant de Lange have played their part well.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Paarl Rocks- Henry Davids, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Vaughn van Jaarsveld, David Wiese, Bjorn Fortuin, Patrick Kruger, Dane Paterson, Tshepo Moreki, Tabraiz Shamsi
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? – Paarl Rocks
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Faf du Plessis (Paarl Rocks), Hashim Amla (Durban Heat)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Tabraiz Shamsi (Paarl Rocks), Kyle Abbott (Durban Heat)
Most Sixes – Faf du Plessis (Paarl Rocks), Khaya Zondo (Durban Heat)
Team Scores Batting First – Paarl Rocks 160+, Durban Heat 140+
*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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