Cape Town Blitz beat Tshwane Spartans by 49 runs in the opening game of the Mzansi Super League 2018 at their home ground in Cape Town.
Cape Town Blitz have faced a defeat and a washed out match in their last two fixtures. However, they are still placed at the top of the points table. Tshwane Spartans also beat Jozi Stars in the last game and would be high on confidence.
Gihahn Cloete and AB de Villiers had already been performing well but the way Dean Elgar steered the team to a victory with an unbeaten 79-run knock from just 52 balls has further strengthened their batting. Gihahn Cloete is the second-highest run scorer in the tournament.
In the bowling department, Jeevan Mendis and Lutho Sipamla are the chief bowlers. But, the rest of the bowling lineup has not been able to complement them. Mendis is the leading wicket-taker with 11 wickets while Sipamla has eight wickets from five matches.
The batting of the Cape Town Blitz is quite strong with Quinton de Kock, Janneman Malan, Asif Ali and Farhaan Behardien as their top four. Malan has been in good nick with 202 runs in the tournament. Asif Ali has also played a couple of explosive knocks and has a strike rate of over 200.
Led by Dale Steyn, their bowling has talented blokes in Ferisco Adams, George Linde and Andile Phehlukwayo. In the opening game of the tournament, Adams returned with figures of three for 28 and will fancy his chances against the Spartans.
et’s have a look at the playing XIs of both teams.
Tshwane Spartans– Gihahn Cloete (wk), Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers (c), Tony de Zorzi, Robbie Frylinck, Sean Williams, Corbin Bosch, Jeevan Mendis, Lutho Sipamla, Eldred Hawken
Cape Town Blitz– Quinton de Kock (wk), Janneman Malan, Asif Ali, Farhaan Behardien (c), Hussain Talat, Ferisco Adams, George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Malusi Siboto, Dane Piedt, Dale Steyn
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions
Who will win? – Cape Town Blitz
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Janneman Malan (Cape Town Blitz), AB de Villiers (Tshwane Spartans)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Dale Steyn (Cape Town Blitz), Jeevan Mendis (Tshwane Spartans)
Most Sixes – Janneman Malan (Cape Town Blitz), AB de Villiers (Tshwane Spartans)
Team Scores Batting First – Cape Town Blitz 160+, Tshwane Spartans 150+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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