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

THE FACTS

When is Jozi Stars vs Cape Town Blitz taking place? Friday 8th November, 2019 – 15:30 (UK)

Where is Jozi Stars vs Cape Town Blitz taking place? The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

What is the expected weather for Jozi Stars vs Cape Town Blitz? 29c with sunshine and cloudy spells

What television channel is Jozi Stars vs Cape Town Blitz on in the UK? FreeSports (Sky channel 422) have the rights to a selection of Mzansi Super League matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Jozi Stars vs Cape Town Blitz in the UK? If televised, Premier Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Premier Player

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

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Jozi Stars beat Cape Town Blitz by 8 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

JOZI STARS

  • The opening match of MSL 2019 is a rematch of last year’s final and the defending champions Jozi Stars will be motivated to get off to a winning start although their squad has seen various changes from last season.
  • With victorious captain Dane Vilas departing to join Durban Heat, they will be led this edition by Temba Bavuma who arrives from Heat and he will be joined by some experienced campaigners like Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik and Dan Christian - with Malik down to replace Gayle after the opening six matches.
  • One of the biggest boosts coming into MSL 2019 for the Stars is the fact they managed to keep together the majority of their outstanding bowling attack with Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier and Simon Harmer forming a quality unit that will trouble most teams.

CAPE TOWN BLITZ

  • Cape Town Blitz finished as runners-up in the inaugural Mzansi Super League last year despite finishing top in the group stage and they will have aspirations of going all the way this time around.
  • Last year’s skipper Farhaan Berhardien has left to join the Bay Giants so Quinton de Kock takes over the captaincy while they are boosted by the arrival of Vernon Philander who joins from Durban Heat, and England all-rounder Moeen Ali who will be a massive addition to their ranks.
  • They are weakened somewhat in these opening matches by the absence of Pakistani duo Asif Ali and Wahab Riaz who are both on national team duty in the current tour of Australia, and they will join up with the team later in the tournament.

THE PREDICTION

The MSL 2019 campaign gets underway with what promises to be a fantastic opening match between the two finalists from last year. There is plenty of star quality on show in both teams but the experience in this Jozi Stars team really stands out along with their superb bowling attack. The arrival of Moeen Ali for the Blitz could be a game-changer and he could be a key man for them to really add some balance and depth in both batting and bowling units, but the overall strength of the Stars gives them the marginal edge in this opening match.

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