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|PJ van Biljon||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Rassie van der Dussen||78||49||3||4||159.18|
The Mzansi Super League has gotten off to a superb start. The matches have been close and the crowds have been thronging to the grounds. All of this is before the South African stars join the competition and bring even more excitement to the proceedings.
The match between the Paarl Rocks and the Jozi Stars is going to be the first match where we expect all of the available South Africans to be playing. Both teams have lost their opening match of this tournament and will be very glad to be at full strength.
The Mzansi Super League is a long tournament with each team playing the other twice but no one wants to be off the pace early. Two losses in a row are something both teams will fight hard to avoid.
The Paarl Rocks fell just one run short of a brilliant win against the Tshwane Spartans in their last match. They scored 202 while chasing 203 and can be proud of the effort they put in.
Cameron Delport was the standout batsman for the Paarl Rocks in the last match while almost every other player contributed in short cameos. It is a very good sign for the Paarl Rocks that they were able to get a 200 plus total even with Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram missing from the lineup.
These two players are good enough to fit into any side in the world so there is no doubt they are going to walk into the Paarl Rocks setup. With Delport, Klinger, Faf du Plessis, and Markram in the same playing eleven, the batting looks to be very solid.
Faf du Plessis seems to be batting the best he has ever batted at the moment. Aiden Markram has also rediscovered the touch that made him the most dangerous young batsman in the world last year. The South African public could be in for a treat as these two batters tee off against domestic bowlers that are often below the quality of international bowling attacks.
The bowling is also going to get a boost as Tabraiz Shamsi will join the side as well. Dwayne Bravo started the tournament very well with three wickets in his first outing. He also gave away just 31 runs in his four overs to be the most economical bowler in the side.
Dane Paterson had a night to forget but his extra pace is always bound to go for some extra runs.
We don’t think the Paarl Rocks have anything to be worried about moving forward. Their batting boasts of a very solid core and the bowling have some reputed international performers as well. At full strength, they are going to be a handful to stop.
Henry Davids, M Klinger, Patrick Kruger, VBV Jaarsveld, D Wiese, GM Thomson, Mangaliso Mosehle, TL Moreki, Dane Paterson, Eathan Bosch, Bjorn Fortuin.
The Jozi Stars started their tournament with an emphatic loss against the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. The Stars batting first and were able to put only 124 on the board. That score was never going to be enough for the bowlers to be able to defend but they put in some spirited overs.
In the end, this performance from the Jozi Stars is going to raise more than a few questions seeing as they had the majority of their first-choice squad available to them.
A very poor batting performance is the reason why the Jozi Stars failed to compete with the Nelson Mandela bay Giants in the first match. The side will have Reeza Hendricks joining them from South Africa to help reinforce the batting lineup but the rest of the squad remains pretty much the same.
Kagiso Rabada is also going to join the team but his contribution will come in the bowling department.
The Jozi Stars have Chris Gayle, Daniel Christian, and Dane Vilas as the three big players in its batting lineup apart from Reeza Hendricks.
Rassie van der Dussen is also a very talented player who has an excellent record in domestic South African cricket but he seems to be one rung below some of the other top players in the tournament.
Runs have to come from the top order and there is no one more dangerous than Chris Gayle. He seemed to be warming up nicely with a few boundaries before he got out. Gayle will like the ball coming on to the bat in South Africa and could be a major factor for the duration of time he is a part of the tournament.
If Reeza Hendricks can continue the kind of form he displayed in South Africa then the Stars should be able to post much better totals batting first.
The one area where we see Joze Stars as a real force is the bowling department. The side has five good bowlers to call upon, something that very few other sides in this tournament can boast of. With Kagiso Rabada’s return to the side, the Stars are adding one of the best bowlers in the world to an already strong bowling lineup.
Beuran Hendricks, Duanne Oliver, Dan Christian, and Eddie Leie all bowled well in the last match. Hendricks managed to get the openers out for a duck each while Leie bowled his leg spin with control.
We think that the Joze Stars have to plan their strategy around their bowling because that is likely to win them more matches.
Ryan Rickelton, PJ van Biljon, RVD Dussen, DJ Vilas, Nono Pongolo, DT Christian, SR Harmer, Wihan Lubbe, Duanne Olivier, Eddie Leie, B Hendricks.
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The pitch in Paarl was very good for batting in the first match. Over 400 runs were scored and there was no hint of any help for the bowlers. The weather was also pristine and is expected to be the same for the next match as well.
We think that we can safely expect another high scoring match with a par score of around 180.
The Paarl Rocks have the better batting lineup but the Jozi Stars will have the better bowling attack. Both sides are also going to have reinforcements to help balance their playing elevens better. It should be a close game but one where we think the Paarl Rocks should be able to edge out a win.
Back the Paarl Rocks to win.
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