Cape Town Blitz has the advantage of having incorporated its returning players into the playing eleven already. This is something that the Jozi Stars will have to do and that can upset the balance of a team on some occasions.
Cape Town Blitz appears to have the stronger batting while the Jozi Stars definitely has the better bowling lineup. We are going to with the away team in this encounter because we think Quinton de Kock is about to pop.
Back Cape Town Blitz to win.
- Both sides are coming into this match on the back of convincing wins
- The Jozi Stars are going to be reinforced by their returning South African international players
- Cape Town Blitz is a more settled side and seems to have the stronger batting lineup
ABOUT THE MATCH
Cape Town Blitz has emerged as the early leader in the opening week of the Mzansi Super League. The side has two wins from two games including one with a bonus point. This puts it in a good place to really kick off the tournament now that the South African international players are available to play as well.
Cape Town Blitz will be taking on the Jozi Stars, a side that also won its last match with a bonus point. The Jozi Stars may not have the services of Chris Gayle for the majority of the tournament but they showed they still have plenty of batting firepower to call upon.
Both the teams are in good form and should make for an interesting matchup.
An astonishing inning of 91 from just 59 deliveries from Rickleton highlighted the Jozi Stars win over Paarl Rocks in the last match. It was an excellent inning that formed one half of a huge opening partnership with van der Dussen at the other end.
The pair put on 155 before Rickleton got out in the 17th over. The Jozi Stars are going to welcome back two big South African players for this match as Reeza Hendricks and Kagiso Rabada join the tournament. Reeza Hendricks is now the first choice opener for South Africa and should get the same position in this side.
It is going to be difficult to tell one Rickleton or van der Dussen to abandon the opening slot after the brilliant performance they put in the last match.
Still, it bodes well for the Jozi Stars moving forward as they continue to build their batting strength. With Rickleton, van der Dussen, and Dan Christian hitting form, Dan Vilas in the middle, and Reeza Hendricks joining the side, the Jozi Stars are putting together a very strong batting unit.
We were worried about the batting strength of the Jozi Stars before the tournament started but it looks like they have covered their bases well. The bowling was expected to be the Jozi Stars stronger suit and with Rabada coming back, that will receive a massive boost as well.
The likes of Duanne Oliver, Eddie Leie, Beuran Hendricks, and Simon Harmer all form a part of a very high-quality bowling attack. If the Jozi Stars can continue to score runs in the upcoming matches then the side is going to be very tough to stop.
Of course, going up against a stacked Cape Town Blitz lineup is going to be a stern test for this talented side.
CAPE TOWN BLITZ
Cape Town Blitz was at its best in the last match against the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. These are two teams that have stood out from the time the squads were announced as potential winners. With the return of Quinton de Kock, Andile Phehlukwayo, Farhaan Behardien, and Dale Steyn, Cape Town Blitz showed just why it is going to be such a force in the Mzansi Super League.
This influx of South African internationals meant that Dawid Malan had to miss out because Asif Ali could not be left out after his match-winning knock in the first match. Another player, Janneman Malan, led the way for Cape Town Blitz with the bat as he scored 57 runs from just 31 deliveries.
Cameos from most of the batsmen in the side ensured Cape Town Blitz reached a good total. For the matches going forward, though, we think some changes in the batting order can be expected.
There is no way that a player of Farhaan Behardien’s quality and proven impact can continue to bat number 6. He has to move up to three or four. Phehlukwayo also seems to be batting a bit too high and should be moved back below Asif Ali.
T20 cricket is too short to save your best players. Let them go out and play the maximum possible deliveries.
Quinton de Kock had a quiet start to the Mzansi Super League but he is one of the players we are backing to come good very soon. The experience of playing T20 cricket around the world and just the sheer talent at his disposal makes him one of the most dangerous batsmen in this format.
Cape Town Blitz would also be thrilled at the form that Dale Steyn is showing. He continued his impressive return to top-flight cricket and bowled his four overs for just 21 runs while picking up two wickets.
That spell also included a maiden.
Adams is the go-to bowler for Cape Town Blitz at the death or when an onslaught is on while Phehlukwayo can contribute at any time as well. The form of Dane Piedt with the ball is concerning. He could only bowl one over for 20 runs in the last match as well.
The side winning the toss is likely to bat first
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
A clear day with a slight chance of rain has been predicted for Johannesburg on match day. The pitch at the Wanderers is very good for batting during limited overs matches. We think the players can expect a true, flat surface, with good pace and carry in it to keep everyone interested.
Two strong batting lineup should be able to get a good total on the board in either inning.
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