PITCH AND CONDITIONS
Showers are forecast early on in Durban on Saturday, but the chance of raindrops to 24 percent in the afternoon. At the very least it will be humid and overcast at Kingsmead, however.
Traditionally favoring the seam bowlers, there should be a little assistance off the pitch for the quicks.
- Dane Vilas won the title with Jozi Stars last season but has now moved to captain Durban Heat.
- He was their top draft pick, while they had already secured Andile Phehlukwayo and Alex Hales as marquee players and signed up Ravi Bopara.
- They did not retain many, but Kyle Abbott, David Miller, and Keshav Maharaj are sticking around.
- Robbie Frylinck was initially selected but dropped out to play in the T10 league. Wesley Marshall took his place.
- Victories in their final two games of last season, including against the Tshwane Spartans, could not prevent Durban Heat finishing bottom of the table.
- They won three matches and lost six in total, with one no result.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF Durban Heat
Alex Hales, Dane Vilas (c, wk), David Miller, Khaya Zondo, Ravi Bopara, Andile Phehlukwayo, Prenelan Subrayen, Keshav Maharaj, Wihan Lubbe, Kyle Abbott, Daryn Dupavillon
- Tshwane Spartans will have to wait for their overseas marquee player, with Tom Curran currently away on England duty in New Zealand.
- AB de Villiers struck around as Protea Marquee Player, while Lungi Ngidi and Theunis de Bruyn were among those on a short retained list.
- In come players like Morne Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe, and Heinrich Klaasen. This is a team packed with experience.
- Defeats in their final two games consigned Tshwane Spartans to fifth place in the MSL table last season, with a record of four wins and six losses from their ten matches.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF Tshwane Spartans
Theunis de Bruyn, Dean Elgar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen (c, wk), Tony de Zorzi, Roelof van der Merwe, Morne Morkel, Corbin Bosch, Lutho Sipamla, Lungi Ngidi.
OUR FANTASY LEAGUE PICKS FOR Durban Heat vs Tshwane Spartans 2ND Match | MZANSI SUPER LEAGUE 2019 ARE MENTIONED BELOW:
- AB de Villiers (C)
- Roelof van der Merwe
- Dane Vilas
- Lungi Ngidi (VC)
- Alex Hales
- Heinrich Klaasen
- Kyle Abbott
- David Miller
- Keshav Maharaj
- Vaugh van Jaarsveld
- Theunis de Bruyn
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*Disclaimer: A team here is picked based on the perception, analysis, and gut feeling of the author. When you select your team, analyze the points mentioned to arrive at your own decision.*