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20 Nov 2018 by Rob Esteva

2018 Mzansi Super League – Durban Heat vs Tshwane Spartans Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Wednesday 21st November, 12:00 (UK)

Where? Kingsmead Cricket Ground

Weather? 20-21c and an increasing risk of rain in the afternoon which may affect play

What channel is it on? Durban Heat vs Tshwane Spartans will be shown live on FreeSports

Where can I stream the match? Durban Heat vs Tshwane Spartans will not be streamed live on UK television

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketpros.co.za/portal/web/index.php/event/c7301e18-4719-4019-105d-5b84e704db0a

THE TEAM NEWS

DURBAN HEAT

Coach: Grant Morgan

Captain: Albie Morkel

  • Durban Heat contrived to lose their opening match to Cape Town Blitz as although they recovered from 48/4 to post 157/5, they succumbed to Asif Ali’s stunning 80 from 33 balls as they looked capable of defending the total at one point.

  • The top order will have to improve as they were blown away by speed merchant Anrich Nortje in that match and Sarel Erwee may see his position come under threat after his duck especially as they can count upon the returning David Miller and Heinrich Klassen after international duty.

  • It remains to be seen as to who else would make way for the returning duo but they surely will both start as they look to get their first victory under their belts in the tournament at Kingsmead.

TSHWANE SPARTANS

Coach: Mark Boucher

Captain: AB de Villiers

  • It has been a mixed bag for the Spartans in their opening two matches as they struggled in the opening match in which they were outplayed by Cape Town Blitz but responded superbly well to hit 203/5 against Paarl Rocks in a one-run win last time out.

  • The batting order raised their game notably against the Rocks last time out which was particularly pleasing as it showed they do not completely rely on AB de Villers as both Cloete and De Bruyn smashed half centuries each.

  • With the ball however, that has to be a concern for the team as Frylinck, Birch and Kleinveldt were smashed to all parts for a second match in a row and they will have to improve significantly and hope the returning international Lungi Ngidi can come into the side and make an immediate impact.

THE PREDICTION

There is little doubting that the Tshwane Spartans have the best batting line-up when they will have all of their players available to them, but their weak bowling attack counteracts that to a degree. Their matches will almost certainly all be shootouts because of that, and they may struggle against the better, more balanced teams. Durban Heat are arguably the most balanced team in the tournament and their bowling unit is superb and that is without Rashid Khan arriving yet. On home turf, they should just have the edge and they can win their first match of the tournament here.

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