Cape Town Blitz will be looking to deliver a clinical performance against Durban Heat!
Cape Town Blitz to win this game!
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Cape Town Blitz will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Durban Heat in the 18th match of Mzansi Super League played at Newlands Cricket Ground on Thursday.
Cape Town Blitz is currently lying fourth in the league table with 13 points to their name. Captain Quinton de Kock will be hoping that the side can learn from their mistakes and put on a strong show in this home fixture.
On the other hand, Durban Heat will need to win this game in order to keep their playoff hopes alive in the competition. Captain Dane Vilas will be hoping that the side can put in an improved performance in this fixture.
In the previous meeting between the teams, Cape Town Blitz completed a dominant win over Durban Heat at Kingsmead Cricket Ground.
In the previous game, Cape Town Blitz suffered a two-wicket defeat at the hands of Paarl Rocks played at Boland Park. The side will be looking to bring their A-game to the table in this home fixture.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock, and Liam Livingstone to deliver the bulk of the runs. Opening batsman Janneman Malan is currently franchise’s leading run-scorer in the competition with 187 runs in 6 matches at an average of 37.40. Janneman Malan scored 22 runs off 13 balls with the help of two fours and one six. The side will be hoping that Malan can deliver runs for the side in this fixture.
Captain Quinton de Kock looked good with the bat in the previous game. Left-hander scored 23 runs off 17 balls with the help of three fours and one six. De Kock will need to lead from the front with the bat and deliver a notable score in this home fixture.
Marques Ackermann, Liam Livingstone and Asif Ali will be the given to score quick runs for the side in the later stages of the innings.
Vernon Philander and Mohammad Nawaz also produced notable contributions for the side in the previous game played against Paarl Rocks.
In the previous game, the side will be depending on the likes of Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Wahab Riaz to deliver breakthroughs with the new ball.
Dale Steyn has produced decent performances for the side so far in this competition. The veteran pacer has claimed 10 wickets at an average of 19.20 with an economy rate of 8.00.
Quinton de Kock (captain & wk), Asif Ali, Liam Livingstone, Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Nawaz, Sisanda Magala, Marques Ackerman, Gregory Mahlokwana, Janneman Malan
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Janneman Malan, SSB Magala, DW Steyn, Quinton de Kock, David Bedingham, Liam Livingstone, Mohammad Nawaz, Vernon Philander, Asif Ali, Aviwe Mgijima, Wahab Riaz
The franchise is currently lying in the bottom half of the league table with 6 points to their name. Durban Heat will be looking to break their losing streak in this contest. Captain Dane Vilas will be looking to make changes to the playing XI for this game.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of David Miller, Dane Vilas and Ravi Bopara to deliver the bulk of the runs. With the top-order consistently failing to produce any sort of runs, the side might promote David Miller to no.3 in the batting order for this game.
In the previous game, Alex Hales, Wihan Lubbe and Dane Vilas perished for low scores to see Durban reduced to 27 for 3 in 4.1 overs. Alex Hales needs to produce runs for the side in this game in order to retain his place in the playing XI. His opening partner, Wesley Marshall, chipped in with 29 off 24 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.
David Miller and Ravi Bopara produced notable scores for the side in the previous game. David Miller scored 45 runs off 36 balls with the help of four sixes. All-rounder Ravi Bopara played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 57 runs off 43 balls with the help of four fours and one six.
The team management will be hoping that Miller and Bopara can continue their good form in this fixture. In the bowling department, the side will be banking on the experience of Keshav Maharaj, Andile Phehlukwayo and Kyle Abbott to make crucial breakthroughs.
Dane Vilas (captain & wk), Kyle Abbott, Andile Phehlukwayo, Ravi Bopara, David Miller, Alex Hales, Malusi Siboto, Keshav Maharaj, Shaun von Berg, Wihan Lubbe, Wesley Marshall
Alex Hales, Wihan Lubbe, Wesley B Marshall, Marco Jansen, RS Bopara, MP Siboto, Keshav Maharaj, KY Abbott, DJ Vilas, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo
The wicket prepared for the game will be decent for batting. The surface might offer assistance for the quick bowlers. The weather condition for the game to be played on Thursday is expected to have clear skies with light winds.
Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town is going to host the 18th match of Mzansi Super League between Cape Town Blitz and Durban Heat. Cape Town Blitz will take heart from the fact they won their previous game against Durban Heat played at Kingsmead.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposing team to a modest score. The average score at Newlands Cricket Ground is around 140 to 150 runs.
Based on the current form, Host Cape Town Blitz will be favorites to win this game against Durban Heat. Cape Town Blitz has certainly delivered excellent performances in their home conditions and will be looking to deliver a clinical performance against Durban Heat.
Expect Cape Town Blitz to seal a comfortable win over Durban Heat.
Cape Town Blitz to win this game!