2019 Mzansi Super League – Cape Town Blitz vs Jozi Stars Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Cape Town Blitz vs Jozi Stars taking place? Thursday 14th November, 2019 – 15:30 (UK)

Where is Cape Town Blitz vs Jozi Stars taking place? Newlands, Cape Town

What is the expected weather for Cape Town Blitz vs Jozi Stars? 21c and cloud but no rain expected

What television channel is Cape Town Blitz vs Jozi Stars on in the UK? The match will be shown live on BT Sport/ESPN HD (Sky channel 423)

Where can I stream Cape Town Blitz vs Jozi Stars in the UK? The match can be streamed live on the BT Sport app

Where can I get tickets for Cape Town Blitz vs Jozi Stars? Visit the official MSL website for ticket information

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Cape Town Blitz beat Jozi Stars by 15 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

CAPE TOWN BLITZ

  • Cape Town Blitz come into this match having already beaten Jozi Stars in the opening match of MSL 2019 by 15 runs, but they were poor last time out against Paarl Rocks who bowled them out for a miserable 84 to lose by 86 runs.
  • The bowling attack remains strong with Anrich Nortje and George Linde impressing with three wickets apiece but the batting will have to lift itself once again after none of their batsmen managed to score more than 15, and the first match against Jozi Stars and Janneman Malan’s superb knock of 99 may have masked middle order deficiencies.
  • All-rounder Aviwe Mgijima has featured in both matches so far as the Blitz have named an unchanged team for the two games but they will want him, Liam Livingstone and Mohammad Nawaz to produce more with the bat rather than relying so heavily on the top order.

JOZI STARS

  • This is a crunch match for the defending champions Jozi Stars even at this early stage of the tournament as they have lost their opening two matches and desperately need a win here to kick-start their campaign.
  • They unusually only lost five wickets against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants last time out yet fell 24 runs short of their 168 target and that was down to poor batting management as they mistimed the run chase and left themselves with too much to do so Reeza Hendricks, Chris Gayle and Rassie van der Dussen will have to improve on that.
  • 23-year-old all-rounder Delano Potgieter came into the side in the last match but hardly had an opportunity to get involved in the game with either bat and ball so he could well be handed another chance ahead of Nono Pongolo in what should be an unchanged side.

THE PREDICTION

These two teams meet once again even at this early stage of the tournament and they are both under pressure already. Jozi stars desperately need a win after losing their opening two matches of the campaign, and a defeat would not be catastrophic, but they really need to get a win under their belts and get the season under way. The Blitz were woeful last time out as they were out for just 84 and they need to respond. They had the edge over the Stars in the opening match of MSL 2019 as they ganed revenge for the loss in the final last year, and they can compound their miseries here. The Stars have the names and star power, but are just lacking something overall and they could very well be sitting on a third consecutive loss after this game.

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