Cricket match date: 04th December 2018
Cricket match time: 10:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: Newlands, Cape Town
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Mzansi Super League 2018
Team A: Cape Town Blitz
Team B: Jozi Stars
Team A Captain: Farhaan Behardien
Team B Captain: Dane Vilas
Cricket Match Preview:
Two teams who absolutely bossed the opposition in their previous cricket match now confront each other. Cape Town Blitz, inspired by Quinton De Kock’s miraculous knock, dominated the Tshwane Spartans, while Jozi Stars deflated Nelson Mandela Bay Giants with another century from Reeza Hendricks.
Playing at the away cricket ground of Centurion, Blitz began well as De Kock and J Malan carted the ball all over the park. A spectacular collapse followed and the Blitz suddenly found themselves tottering at 101/8 from 83/0. De Kock then assumed the charge and played an outstanding knock. He scored a marvellous 108 from just 55 balls to take the team’s total to 172/9.
At 64/1 in nine overs, the Spartans were well positioned to run the cricket match close. They struggled with the batting consistency as well and were shot out for 112. Nandre Burger, signed as the replacement for injured Lung Ngidi, made most of the opportunity by taking 3/19. Mohammad Nawaz also shined with 3/14. Blitz completed a 60-run win.
Jozi Stars were equally dominant in their cricket match against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. Reeza Hendricks extended his stunning form and struck another T20 century. His solo effort of 108 runs from 62 balls boosted the Stars to post 173/3 on a difficult pitch. He will once again attract the eyeballs in this upcoming cricket match.
The batting struggle on that cricket pitch was clear as Nelson Mandela Bay Giants began their chase. JJ Smuts was cleaned up by a peach of a delivery from Kagiso Rabada, and it sent the Giants into a panic mode. Rabada, Hendricks, Leie and Pretorious bowled with venom to bundle Bay Giants for only 92 runs. Stars are currently placed at the third spot with that 81 run win.
The highlight of the upcoming battle between Blitz and Stars will definitely be Dale Steyn matching his pace to that of Rabada. Both batting lineups are in a fantastic form, and it should be an enthralling contest between two top teams.
Cricket Match Information:
This is the 20th match of the MSL cricket tournament, so we have completed two-thirds of the competition. Cape Town Blitz will be the hosts at Newlands, Cape Town. They have played seven matches so far, out of which five have been victories. All three remaining matches will be home games for Cape Town Blitz and they have been undefeated in previous two home cricket matches.
Jozi Stars are picking up the momentum. They have won consecutive cricket matches and will be hoping to continue the run. The Stars have three of their six matches so far and are placed third on the points table.
The previous cricket encounter between Cape Town Blitz and Jozi Stars resulted in a 62-run away win for Cape Town Blitz.
Cape Town Blitz
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Mohammad Nawaz returned from the T10 League cricket and made an impact straight away with his three-wicket haul. Anrich Nortje’s replacement, Nandre Burger, bowled exceptionally. Ferisco Adams and George Linde were dropped to accommodate these two. No changes are expected in this game.
Here is our prediction of Cape Town Blitz playing XI:
- Dale Steyn
- Dawid Malan
- Farhaan Behardien (c)
- Mohammad Nawaz
- Quinton de Kock (wk)
- Dane Piedt
- Asif Ali
- Andile Phehlukwayo
- Malusi Siboto
- Janneman Malan
- Nandre Burger
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Jozi Stars also made two changes to their cricket team for the last match. They brought back Eddie Leie and Beuran Hendricks in place of Nono Pongolo and Duanne Olivier. They will have one forced change now as Chris Gayle from his T10 Cricket venture. Simon Harmer may have to make way for the T20 cricket legend.
Here is our prediction of Jozi Stars playing XI:
- Ryan Rickelton
- Chris Gayle
- Reeza Hendricks
- Rassie van der Dussen
- Dane Vilas (c & wk)
- Daniel Christian
- Petrus van Biljon
- Dwaine Pretorius
- Kagiso Rabada
- Beuran Hendricks
- Eddie Leie
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Reeza Hendricks has been on a roll. His dream run was extended in the last match as he scored the consecutive T20 centuries. It will be unbelievable if he can strike three in three. Rassie Van Der Dussen is another spectacular batsman who will be hoping to make the most. Quinton De Kock struck a century in the last match as well.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
There have been two MSL cricket matches scheduled at this cricket ground so far, CTB batted first in both matches. The average score is around 178 and it will be run-feast. The ground is known for its pace as well so the battle between Steyn and Rabada will be an interesting one.
With both teams winning their previous matches emphatically, the cricket here is expected to be exciting and tough. The momentum is with Cape Town Blitz and considering their home track record, they are the overwhelming favourites. Our prediction will be of a Cape Town Blitz win.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Reeza Hendricks (JS) – 40+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
D Steyn (CTB) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
R Van Der Dussen (JS)
Cape Town Blitz – 1.83
Jozi Stars – 1.83
*odds may change anytime