Cricket match date: 16th November 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: Tshwane Spartans
Team A Captain: Farhaan Behardien
Team B Captain: AB De Villiers
Cricket Match Preview:
The Mzansi Super League (MSL) is the brand-new entrant in the world of T20 Cricket Leagues. The South African nation surprisingly struggled for months to put together a franchise T20 cricket league but finally, the MSL is here. The tournament features six franchise city-based teams and the roster is prominently South Africans. Unfortunately, the MSL will miss out on its national cricket heroes for the first few days as they compete against Australia in Australia.
The inaugural cricket match is scheduled to take place between Cape Town Blitz and Tshwane Spartans at the Newlands, Cape Town. The venue, of course, is the home ground for Cape Town Blitz, who will be captained by Farhaan Behardien once he returns from the Australian cricket tour.
The home cricket team is missing its big names like Captain Farhaan Behardien and Quinton De Kock, who are taking the field for South Africa. Fortunately, Dale Steyn has been released from the T20I match and shall be available for this game. Cape Town Blitz conceded defeats in both of its practice matches held before the action, however, coach Ashwell Prince was undeterred by the results. The coach was happy with the standout individual cricket performances.
International marquee player Dawid Malan impressed with 85 in the first cricket match while Janneman Malan, Jason Smith, and Kyle Verreynee batted well in the second game. Dane Piedt and Anrich Nortje were the picks of the bowlers. Pakistan’s spin bowler Mohammad Nawaz has also joined the side and will be eager to perform on the South African tracks.
Tshwane Spartans are led by the cricket legend AB De Villiers. The maverick enjoyed his return to the cricket after international retirement by scoring an unbelievable 93 from 31 balls. The knock helped Spartans earn a victory in their practice match and head into the tournament positively.
The Spartans are coached by former South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher. England’s white-ball captain and a mercurial batsman Eoin Morgan will also be a part of the Spartans. They will miss the services of Lungi Ngidi for the first few days as he competes in Australia on national duty. Spartans have an exciting cricket talent in Tony de Zorzi and experienced players Robbie Frylinck and Sri Lankan Jeevan Mendis.
Cricket Match Information:
This is the first match of the Mzansi Super League. With all teams slated to play an equal number of home and away games, it is important to make the most of home conditions when possible. Cape Town Blitz is the home team here while Tshwane Spartans are the visiting cricket team. Each team shall play ten cricket matches in the league phase.
Cape Town Blitz
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Cape Town Blitz is without a number of players hence their selection pool is limited. The team is missing Captain Farhaan Behardien, Quinton De Kock and Andile Phehlukwayo. They are likely to be captained by Dale Steyn in this match, who has just returned from Australia.
Here is our prediction of Cape Town Blitz playing XI:
- Dawid Malan
- Janneman Malan
- Anrich Nortje
- Janneman Malan
- Dale Steyn
- George Linde
- Ferisco Adams
- Jason Smith
- Sibonelo Makhanya
- Kyle Verreynne
- Dane Piedt
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
The Spartans will be oozing with confidence as they have the cricket champion AB De Villiers at the helm. They are also missing only one South African player from the squad as Lungi Ngidi is in Australia. Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza will be unavailable since they are representing Zimbabwe cricket in the Test against Bangladesh. Following is our prediction.
Here is our prediction of Tshwane Spartans playing XI:
- AB de Villiers
- Eoin Morgan
- Robbie Frylinck
- Jeevan Mendis
- Theunis de Bruyn
- Rory Kleinveldt
- Gihahn Cloete
- Lutho Sipamla
- Tony de Zorzi
- Dean Elgar
- Andrew Birch
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Fresh from his 93 from 31 balls, undoubtedly all eyes will be on AB De Villiers and how he goes about his batting. Eoin Morgan and Dawid Malan are also capable of playing wonderful knocks in T20 cricket but the prediction will remain in favour of AB De Villiers.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The average first innings total in the international T20 cricket matches at Newlands, Cape Town is 151. The venue usually offers something for everyone. There will be pace and swing and help for spinners in the later stages as well, batsmen will have to earn their runs. The prediction offers an interesting game of cricket.
Despite being the away team, Tshwane Spartans will begin as the favourite to win the inaugural cricket match of the MSL. They have an almost full-strength squad, while the Blitz are poorer with four internationals missing out in this cricket match. Tshwane Spartans should emerge as the winner as per our prediction.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
AB De Villiers (TS) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Dale Steyn (CTB) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
AB De Villiers (TS)
Cape Town Blitz – 2.60
Tshwane Spartans – 1.40
*odds may change anytime