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Cricket South Africa finally seem to have pulled off a Houdini act with South Africa's very own Mzansi Super League. Despite the very short deadline, the way they've tackled the challenge of organizing this event in a commendable effort. We have already seen one match go by where Cape Town Blitz defeated AB de Villiers led Tshwane Spartans by a comprehensive margin. In a bid to keep their winning run going, the Blitz will not take on Durban Heat who will be playing their first match. It's a short tournament and every point matters and we expect both the teams to come out all guns blazing in the upcoming encounter.
Considering how effective spinners, wrist spinners, in particular, have been in the shortest format of the game in recent times, Durban Heat have got an excellent bowling attack. They have the World's number one ranked bowler, Rashid Khan, at their disposal along with the very talented Brandon Mavuta who impressed one and all in his recent outing against the Proteas.
This will be the first time Rashid Khan will be playing on the land of South Africa, but it should be of little concern for the Heat, considering the fact that he has done well everywhere regardless of the surface. Additionally, they have Keshav Maharaj, a World Cup probable for South Africa, who will be looking to book his slot by putting up an inspirational performance.
Along with the experience in the bowling department, they have a decent batting lineup. David Miller's recent batting form will be helpful for the Heat. Along with him, they have the services of Temba Bavuma, Heinrich Klaasen, and Khaya Zondo. The pace bowling department will be shouldered by Kyle Abbott and Vernon Philander which appears to be a little shaky at the moment.
Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Khaya Zondo, Mv Wyk, Albie Morkel, VD Philander, P Subrayen, Sarel Erwee, KY Abbott, Marchant de Lange, K Maharaj.
Exactly opposite to Durham Heat, Cape Town Blitz have their quick bowling covered. They not only have the two of the fastest bowlers of this tournaments, but also the variety. Dale Steyn proved that he is still a superstar with the ball with a superb performance against the Aussies and will be looking to make a difference if and when Cape Cobras decide to play him.
Dawid Malan, their middle-order batsman, was particularly impressed with the pace of Anrich Nortje. Nortje produced a splendid bowling effort against Tshwane Spartans where he conceded just 21 runs in his four overs and picked up a wicket in the process.
Their most valuable player in the previous match was Mohammad Nawaz, who first smashed a superb fifty to take their total of 180 and then followed it up with a good bowling spell. He was ably supported by Kyle Verreynne who smashed 53 off just 34 deliveries.
Janneman Malan, Dawid Malan, Kyle Verreynne, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Sibonelo Makhanya, George Linde, Ferisco Adams, DW Steyn, Anrich Nortje, MP Siboto.
The Heat will be playing their first game of the tournament and it's never easy to gel together with the team in such a short span of time. Additionally, they'll be taking on an in-form team. The Blitz have a strong batting lineup with a lethal bowling attack and are coming off a massive win against Tshwane Spartans and are better placed to emerge on top in the upcoming fixture.