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|Faf du Plessis||54||39||6||0||138.46|
|Quinton de Kock||31||16||3||2||193.75|
Capt Town Blitz has taken the early lead in the Mzansi Super League by winning all four matches it has played so far. A side in form like this wants to keep playing as many matches as possible and so will be happy to have a chance to play on back to back days.
Cape Town Blitz will be playing against the Paarl Rocks, a side which has yet to win a single game in the entire tournament. Paarl Rocks have been a bit hamstrung because some of its first choice players have still not joined the side.
For this match, though, we should see both teams at full strength and hopefully get to witness a much closer contest.
The Paarl Rocks will be hoping that Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram can get into the thick of things straight away as they rejoin the side along with some of the batsmen that have shown some good form in the MSL already.
The Paarl Rocks will be required to score a lot of runs against a strong batting side on a surface which has seen plenty of runs in the past. The Paarl Rocks certainly have the players to be able to do so.
alongside Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram, players like Cameron Delport, Henry Davids, and Michael Klinger are also renowned T20 batsmen. Delport has already warmed up nicely with a score of 73 in his one inning and Davids has a top score of 60 to his name as well.
The one player to watch will be Aiden Markram. He has dominated South African domestic competitions in the past with ferocity and consistency. Markram broke into the South African side with such domestic performances in the past and quickly shone as one of the best young batsmen in the world.
Markram has found the going a bit tougher this year and this tournament could serve as the perfect opportunity for him to flex his muscles.
Alongside Markram, du Plessis is going to lead the batting effort for the Rocks. He was in brilliant form in Australia and should be able to continue in the same vein in the MSL as well.
Dane Paterson has been quite expensive in the two matches he has played and went wicketless in one match as well. He needs to be at his best against a strong Cape Town Blitz and hopefully get some wickets early.
Paterson and Wiese are the two names that stand out in an otherwise inexperienced bowling lineup. The addition of Tabraiz Shamsi should be pretty useful to the side as well.
Henry Davids, M Klinger, VBV Jaarsveld, Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram, D Wiese, Mangaliso Mosehle, Dane Paterson, TL Moreki, Bjorn Fortuin, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Cape Town Blitz is quickly emerging as the side to beat in the Mzansi Super League. All of their players seem to be in good form and that has made them a formidable opponent both while batting and bowling.
Quinton de Kock scored a quick fire 74 in the last match and showed why he is regarded as one of the best batsmen in limited overs cricket. De Kock is a player that thrives on confidence and can get into scoring sprees during which he is unstoppable.
We recommend rising the Quinton de Kock train for as long as possible because he can follow up one astonishing inning with another quite easily.
De Kock is far from the only batsman in for Cape Town Blitz. Janneman Malan, Asif Ali, Farhaan Behardien, and Verreyenne have all scored runs in this competition already.
Janneman Malan has 173 runs in four matches and is the current top-scorer of the Mzansi Super League.
The advantage of having such a deep batting lineup is that the players at the top can play with freedom. De Kock and Malan do not have to worry about the players to follow because they are scoring plenty of runs as well.
Dawid Malan has played just two matches for 17 runs and we think his place in the side is under a lot of pressure. It remains to be seen if Cape Town Blitz persists with Malan because they can afford to right now or look to give someone else a longer run.
Farhaan Behardien is another player that we constantly advocate backing when playing domestic T20 tournaments in South Africa. He has not had the opportunity to bat too much in the Mzansi Super League so far because the players at the top keep scoring runs. Given the opportunity to come in a little early, though, and Behardien should be able to come good with the bat.
Exceptional bowling form from Steyn and Nortje makes the Cape Town Blitz a very difficult side to face while bowling as well. Nortje reminds us a lot of Morne Morkel in the manner of his run-up and delivery stride. He also bowls at a speed well in excess of 140 km/h.
Adams, Phehlukwayo, and Linde have all taken plenty of wickets in the matches played so far and give a very well rounded appearance to the Cape Town Blitz bowling attack.
Quinton de Kock, Janneman Malan, Farhaan Behardien, Asif Ali, Andile Phehlukwayo, Hussain Talat, Ferisco Adams, George Linde, Dane Piedt, MP Siboto, DW Steyn.
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The weather is expected to be excellent for cricket in Paarl. The wicket in Paarl has been one of the best for batting so far and we are likely to see another run-fest between these two batting sides. A score of around 200 may not be enough to win, particularly if the top-order of both sides fires.
Cape Town Blitz has been unstoppable in the tournament so far. We think that its bowling superiority could be the difference in this match as well. Both sides have a strong batting unit but the Paarl Rocks fall behind in the bowling department.
Back Cape Town Blitz to win.
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