Match Prediction Mzansi Super League 2019 - Jozi Stars v Cape Town Blitz
The opening encounter of the Mzansi Super League 2019 will be played between Jozi Stars and Cape Town Blitz at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
This will be the repeat of the MSL 2018 final when Jozi Stars beat Cape Town Blitz by 8 wickets to lift the trophy in the inaugural edition of the Mzansi Super League.
Beuran Hendricks and Duanne Olivier were the top bowlers for the side then, picking up two wickets each while Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen starred with the bat.
In fact, van der Dussen was the highest run-scorer of the 2018 season with 469 runs from 11 innings. He is in brilliant form and is coming on the back of an unbeaten 154 in a first-class game. Olivier, who was the highest wicket-taker of the last season with 20 wickets, has become a Kolpak player now but will certainly be excited to play in front of the home audience.
The Star's bowling will be led by Kagiso Rabada who has also been named the marquee player for the side. He took 13 wickets from 8 games in the last season.
Cape Town Blitz will miss Wahab Riaz for the first two matches as he is taking part in the T20I series against Australia. Moeen Ali has been roped in his place.
Quinton de Kock, who scored 412 runs last year, would be their leading batsman. Dale Steyn would invoke a lot of excitement among the fans as well as cricket lovers who have been waiting to see him for a long time. Steyn has 231 wickets from 201 T20 games and will lead the Blitz bowling attack.
Out of the three matches played between Jozi Stars and Cape Town Blitz, the Stars have won two while the Blitz have won one.
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
JOZI STARS- Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle (Windies), Rassie van der Dussen (retained player), Reeza Hendricks (retained player), Daniel Christian (Australia, retained player), Temba Bavuma, Duanne Olivier (retained player), Simon Harmer, Ryan Rickelton (retained player), Aaron Phangiso, Lizaad Williams, Sinethemba Qeshile (retained player), Nono Pongolo, Eathan Bosch, Delano Potgieter
CAPE TOWN BLITZ- Quinton de Kock, Wahab Riaz (Pakistan), Liam Livingstone (England), Dale Steyn (retained player), Sisanda Magala, Anrich Nortje (retained player), Asif Ali (Pakistan, retained player), Mohammad Nawaz (Pakistan), Janneman Malan (retained player), George Linde, David Bedingham, Vernon Philander, Marques Ackerman, Gregory Mahlokoana, Aviwe Mgijima, Moeen Ali (England)
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win the toss? - Jozi Stars
Who will win? – Cape Town Blitz
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Rassie van der Dussen (Jozi Stars), Quinton de Kock (Cape Town Blitz)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Kagiso Rabada (Jozi Stars), Dale Steyn (Cape Town Blitz)
Most Sixes – Rassie van der Dussen (Jozi Stars), Quinton de Kock (Cape Town Blitz)
Man of the Match – Rassie van der Dussen
Team Scores Batting first – Jozi Stars 170+, Cape Town Blitz 165+
Match Handicap Jozi Stars
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*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, so stay tuned.
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