The game being played at Kingsmead cricket ground in Durban, this is the home venue for Durban Heat. They beat the Spartans at this ground in the last match and would take some confidence out of it.
Big names in Hashim Amla, Morne van Wyk, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller have not been able to leave a profound impact in the tournament till now. However, one gets a feeling that at least one of these is bound to click in this match.
With the ball, Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander are there prime names and would be expected to make inroads in the Rocks' batting lineup. Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj has been among wickets which is an encouraging sign for Durban Heat.
Paarl Rocks' batting is heavily reliant on South African internationals Faf du du Plessis and Aiden Markram. They also have Henry Davids at the top and David Wiese in the middle order.
In the bowling department, Dane Paterson, David Wiese, Tabraiz Shamsi and Bjorn Fortuin are the men in charge. Bjorn and Paterson picked up seven wickets between them in the last game and the team would be expecting them to repeat that winning formula.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams in this Mzansi Super League match today.
Durban Heat- Morne van Wyk (wk), Hashim Amla, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Khaya Zondo, Albie Morkel (c), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Marchant de Lange, Tladi Bokako
Paarl Rocks- Henry Davids, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Vaughn van Jaarsveld, David Wiese, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Michael Klinger, Dane Paterson, Tshepo Moreki, Tabraiz Shamsi
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 150+, 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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