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by Alastair Symondson Saturday 8 December 2018
However, the Blitz are heavily reliant on the likes of Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock. The rest of the batting line up is yet to fire. Asif Ali and David Malan have showed some sparks but that have not been substantial.
Asif Ali would remember that the last time around he stepped on the field against Durban Heat. Ali blasted 80 of just 33 balls and promised a lot. However, he has not been able to perform as per potential till now.
Dale Steyn and Andile Phehlukwayo would be the two main bowlers for Cape Town Blitz. But, one player who has been a real dark horse is left-arm pacer Nandre Burger. Burger has played only three matches but has left a deep impact on each of them. Even in the last match, he bagged a couple of wickets and forms a great pair with Dale Steyn.
If the Blitz are dependent on Malan and de Kock, Durban Heat rely heavily on Morne van Wyk and Khaya Zondo. If the team loses them too early, they really find themselves in a spot of bother. David Miller and Temba Bavuma form the middle order but the team would expect better performances from them.
With the ball, Kyle Abbott, Keshav Maharaj and Rashid Khan would lead the attack. Rashid has performed decently in a couple of matches but one feels that it is this match where the leg spinner can really turn up the heat.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Cape Town Blitz- Quinton de Kock, Janneman Malan, Dawid Malan, Farhaan Behardien (c), Asif Ali, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, Mohammad Nawaz, Dale Steyn, Malusi Siboto, Nandre Burger
Durban Heat- Sarel Erwee, Morne van Wyk (wk), Khaya Zondo, David Miller, Temba Bavuma, Albie Morkel (c), Rashid Khan, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Marchant de Lange
Who will win? – Cape Town Blitz
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Quinton de Kock (Cape Town Blitz), Morne van Wyk (Durban Heat)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Nandre Burger (Cape Town Blitz), Rashid Khan (Durban Heat)
Most Sixes – Quinton de Kock (Cape Town Blitz), Morne van Wyk (Durban Heat)
Team Scores Batting First – Cape Town Blitz 135+, Durban Heat 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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