Cricket match date: 16th December 2018
Cricket match time: 07:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: Newlands, Cape Town
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Mzansi Super League
Team A: Cape Town Blitz
Team B: Jozi Stars
Team A Captain: Farhan Behardien
Team B Captain: DJ Vilas
Cricket Match Preview:
In the end, Cape Town Blitz and Jozi Stars were the last teams standing after a month of exciting, exhilarating and intense cricket. Mzansi Super League has given the people of South Africa their own league, one that they can be very proud of. The quality of cricket has been good as well with some exciting young talents coming through and those who were already established showcased their skills.
Two teams that were the best right throughout the tournament were Cape Town Blitz and Jozi Stars. Even in the group stage, both had accumulated 6 wins out of 10 cricket games and were only differentiated by the bonus points. While Cape Town Blitz had already gone through to the final courtesy their first position on the points table, Jozi Stars were scheduled to play Paarl Rocks in the eliminator. But the rain had other ideas and the game of cricket was washed out. Jozi Stars, due to their higher position on the points table, went through to the final.
So far in the tournament, these two teams have met twice, and the results have been equally shared by both teams. In the first game of cricket between the two sides, Cape Town Blitz took the honours by beating Jozi Stars by a huge margin of 62 runs. In the second game of cricket, Jozi Stars returned the favour by defeating Blitz by a big margin of 50 runs as well. A common factor in both the cricket games were teams who batted first blew the chasing team away. It remains to be seen if the story remains the same in the final as well.
While Cape Town Blitz have had some players in fine form like Quinton de Kock, who has scored 407 runs in the tournament so far, Jozi Stars have someone like He van der Dussen, who has scored 410 runs so far. Both teams have one player each, who has scored over 400 runs and 300 runs. Jozi Stars have one advantage over Blitz, which is the bowling department. Stars have bowlers like D Olivier, who has 18 wickets so far in the tournament, along with Kagiso Rabada, who has 12 wickets. While Blitz’s highest wicket-taker is Dale Steyn with 11 wickets in 8 innings. It is going to be a very exciting final between two very even sides who are pretty equal skill wise.
Cricket Match Information:
Mzansi Super League has reached its end and we have Cape Town Blitz and Jozi Stars as the finalists. Both teams will take on each other at Newlands, Cape Town, which is the home ground of Cape Town Blitz team. Jozi Stars reached the final of the tournament after their eliminator against Paarl Rocks was washed out due to the rain.
Cape Town Blitz
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Cape Town Blitz lost their last game of cricket against Durban Heat despite Quinton de Kock’s knock of 86 runs. They would look to learn from that and our prediction is of same playing eleven as their last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of Cape Town Blitz’s playing XI:
- Quinton de Kock
- JN Malan
- DJ Malan
- Andile Phehlukwayo
- Farhan Behardein
- Asif Ali
- Mohd Nawaz
- FD Adams
- N Burger
- MP Siboto
- Dale Steyn
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Jozi Stars eliminator against Paarl Rocks got washed out due to rain and they went through to the final. But before that game of cricket, they had a very handsome win against Tshwane Spartans, where they won by 101 runs, which is as big as it can get in T20 cricket games. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven as their last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of Jozi Stars’ playing XI:
- RD Rickelton
- RR Hendricks
- He van der Dussen
- Danielle Christian
- PJ van Biljon
- DJ Vilas
- SR Harmer
- Z Pongolo
- Kagiso Rabada
- D Olivier
- BE Hendricks
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Kagiso Rabada is going to be the key in the final. His opening spell against the likes of Quinton de Kock and Malan is going to dictate the outcome of the cricket game. Our prediction is of a fiery and a match-winning spell.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
Newlands has produced high-scoring games in the tournament. A score of 198 has been the highest so far and it proved to be a match-winning one. Our prediction is we will get to see a score of more than 180 from the team batting first again and it will prove to be a match-winning one.
Jozi Stars will begin the game of cricket as slight favourites. There is not much to separate between the two sides but the overall balance of the side tilts the equation slightly in favour of Stars. Hence, our prediction is of a Jozi Stars’ victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
RR Hendricks (JS) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Kagiso Rabada (JS) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
RD Rickelton (JS)
Cape Town Blitz – 1.74
Jozi Stars – 1.90
*odds may change anytime