Both teams have won one match each in the previous encounters against each other. Interestingly, both these victories came away from home.
Cape Town Blitz are expected to go in with an unchanged playing XI despite losing the the final match of the league stage. Quinton de Kock will open the batting along with Janneman Malan. de Kock has been in red-hot form.
He scored a 55-ball 86 in the last league match which was his third half-century in seven matches. The stylish left-hander also cracked a century against Tshwane Spartans at Centurion and missed another by just seven runs against Paarl Rocks.
Malan has also been consistent with 305 runs from nine matches, including two half-centuries.
In the bowling department, the resurgence of Dale Steyn has served the Blitz quite well. Steyn has bagged 11 wickets from eight natches and has an economy rate of under seven. Nandre Burger has also done exceedingly well in the limited opportunities that he has got.
Jozi Stars boast of both the highest run-getter and the highest wicket-taker in the tournament. While Rassie van der Dussen is leading the run scoring charts with 410 runs, Duanne Olivier has 18 wickets from just eight innings and is the highest wicket-taker of the tournament.
Ryan Rickleton and Reeza Hendricks have also been good with the bat. Apart from Duanne Olivier, Nono Pongolo and Beuran Hendricks have made the ball talk for the Stars.
Cape Town Blitz- Quinton de Kock, Janneman Malan, Dawid Malan, Asif Ali, Farhaan Berhardien, Andile Phehlukwayo, Mohammad Nawaz, Ferisco Adams, Dayle Steyn, Malusi Siboto, Nandre Burger
Jozi Stars- Ryan Rickleton, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada, Dan Christian, Dane Vilas, Pite van Biljon, Simon Harmer, Nono Pongolo, Duanne Olivier, Beuran Hendricks
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Jozi Stars
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Quinton de Kock (Cape Town Blitz), Rassie van der Dussen (Jozi Stars)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Dale Steyn
(Cape Town Blitz), Duanne Olivier (Jozi Stars)
Most Sixes – Quinton de Kock (Cape Town Blitz), Rassie van der Dussen (Jozi Stars)
Team Scores Batting First – Cape Town Blitz 140+, Jozi Stars 155+
*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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