Hosts Blitz look for a payback Paarl Rocks!
Cape Town Blitz will win the match!
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MSL2019 is up and running in a busy cricketing calendar all around the world with Test cricket among 6 major nations and T10 leagues. Despite a lot of action elsewhere, MSL is steadily raising its viewership among the cricket enthusiasts inside and outside South Africa.
Hosts Cape Town Blitz is a lucky team as they are least affected by the rain and weather so far with results in all their 5 matches. They sit pretty in the second position with 3 wins and 2 losses so far. They will look to avenge their earlier defeat against Paarl Rocks this season.
Paarl Rocks have won 2 matches, lost one match and a match ended in No-result and is closely following Cape Town Blitz in the points table. The team that wins this contest will have a chance to top the points table and both teams will look to win this match and get the valuable 4 points on offer.
Cape Town Blitz got off to a brilliant start against Bay Giants in the last match with all their top five batsmen scoring over 20+ runs at a strike rate of over 150. Quinton De Kock and Liam Livingstone top scored with 39 runs each. Marques Ackermann, Janneman Malan, and Asif Ali played some knocks to contribute to the team total. But they failed to finish the innings with a flourish scoring just 20-odd runs in the last 4 overs yet finished with 186 runs on board.
Dale Steyn and Anrich Nortje removed both the openers in their respective first overs but failed to keep the pressure continuously leaking runs. Wahab Riaz and George Linde took a wicket each but leaked runs at over 9 RPO and failed to defend the target. They might opt for Vernon Philander in place of Sisanda Magala in this match.
Quinton De Kock – De Kock has scored 146 runs at a strike rate of 175 this season. He crossed 30-run mark thrice in 5 matches but failed to make even a single fifty so far. He is due for a big knock soon.
Dale Steyn – Steyn is slowing getting into the groove and is their leading wicket-taker with 90 scalps so far. He is their only bowler who has bowled his full quota of 4 overs in all 5 matches.
Dale Steyn, Wahab Riaz, Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Asif Ali, Liam Livingstone, Sisanda Magala/Vern Philander, George Linde, Anrich Nortje, Marques Ackerman, Gregory Mahlokwana, Janneman Malan
Paarl Rocks won a low-run contest against Jozi Stars in the last match. James Vince was their top scorer again with his 43 runs and he built a valuable partnership with Keeper Mosehle Mangaliso (31) to guide his team in the tricky chase. Dwaine Pretorius scored a brilliant 37 despite the fall of three quick wickets around him. Openers Henry Davids, Cameron Delport and Skipper Faf Du Plessis must contribute more with the bat consistently.
Their bowlers took just 3 wickets but strangled the opposition to a score of just 129 runs in the last match. Kerwin Mungroo, Bjorn Fortuin, Tabraiz Shamsi, and Dwaine Pretorius gave runs at less than 6 RPO in the last match. They have taken just 5 wickets in the last two matches and will need to get more wickets to restrict the opposition in this match.
James Vince – Vince has made 86 & 43 in the two matches he played and has led the team in difficult situations with the bat in both matches. His partnership with Mosehle sealed the match in their favor against the Jozi Stars.
Bjorn Fortuin – Fortuin has bowled his majority of overs in the powerplay and gave away runs at just 5.5 RPO. He has just 3 wickets to his name and will look to add a few more to his name in this match.
Henry Davids, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis (c), James Vince, Dwaine Pretorius, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Isuru Udana, Hardus Viljoen, Bjorn Fortuin, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kerwin Mungroo
The weather is expected to sunny and bright with little cloud cover. We have just 10% chances of rain on match day as per the forecast.
Cape Town is one of the good batting pitches in South Africa. Fast bowlers may enjoy the carry and bounce in this pitch. We expect scores around 160-180 runs in this match.
Chasing teams have a 70% win rate at this venue and teams will have a score over 180 runs to put a fight in the chase.
Both teams are in good form and rhythm with a multiple wins under their belt so far. Cape Town Blitz has a good batting line-up and experienced pace bowlers when compared to Paarl Rocks. And their home conditions give them the edge in this contest. We predict Cape Town Blitz to will win this contest.
Cape Town Blitz will win the match!