After all the excitement surrounding the inaugural edition of the Mzansi Super League (MSL), it’s time for the final, which is scheduled to be played tomorrow between Cape Town Blitz and Jozi Stars at Newlands in Cape Town. The former has effortlessly been the standout team in the T20 event as they finished atop the points table with 30 points from 10 matches.
The Stars, on the other hand, had to strain a wee bit. However, they managed to qualify for the Eliminator against Paarl Rocks after finishing on the second spot. Nevertheless, the match was abandoned due to persistent rain and the Stars made the final on account of finishing higher than the Rocks in the points table. The final is expected to be an absolute thriller.
The track has offered something for both bowlers and the batsmen. Another cracker of a pitch can be speculated for the all-important encounter. But bearing in mind the significance of the contest, teams would want to put runs on the board and then exert pressure on the opposition batting. Hence it won’t spring a surprise if the teams opt to bat first after winning the toss.
Cape Town Blitz
Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan are the opening batsmen with Dawid Malan to bat at number three. The middle-order is a power-packed one with the likes of Asif Ali and skipper Behardien in their ranks. Fast-bowling all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo and Mohammad Nawaz are the all-rounders. Veteran speedster Dale Steyn will lead the fast bowling department.
Quinton de Kock (wk), Janneman Malan, Dawid Malan, Asif Ali, Farhaan Behardien (C), Andile Phehlukwayo, Mohammad Nawaz, Ferisco Adams, Dale Steyn, Malusi Siboto, Nandre Burger
Ryan Rickelton and the swashbuckling Reeza Hendricks are the opening batsmen with the reliable Rassie van der Dussen to bat at number three. Daniel Christian and skipper Dane Vilas will bat at four and five respectively. Simon Harmer is the spinner. The fast bowling lineup has Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Oliver and Nono Pongolo, who has been in stupendous form, as well.
Ryan Rickelton, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Daniel Christian, Dale Vilas (C & WK), Petrus van Biljon, Simon Harmer, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Duanne Olivier, Nono Pongolo
Probable Top Performers
Kagiso Rabada – Jozi Stars, Quinton de Kock- Cape Town Blitz
Live Streaming – Sony LIV
Match Timings – 19:00 IST; 15:30 local
The prediction is for the Blitz to win the MSL.
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