ABOUT THE MATCH
Mzansi Super League’s 2019, a South African T20 tournament, will be starting on November 8. The opening match of the tournament will be played between Jozi Stars and Cape Town Blitz at the New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
Blitz was the finalist of the last season but failed to win the trophy. Electing to bat first, Cape Town Blitz posted a total of 113 with loss of seven wickets in the final.
The Stars being the defending champions of Mzansi Super League 2018 scored 115 in 17.3 overs with the loss of two wickets. Reeza Hendricks scored 33 runs off 44 balls accompanying Rassie van der Dussen in the Stars’ eight-wicket victory to lift the title.
The pitch looks friendly for the batsmen and the team winning the toss will bat first.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The pitch at the New Wanderers Stadium is a fine batting track, with many runs on offer. This ground also offers spinner’s a chance but it helps pacers much more.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF Jozi Stars
Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle, Rassie van der Dussen, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma(c), Simon Harmer, Aaron Phangiso, S Malik, Nono Pongolo, Eathan Bosch, Delano Potgieter/Dane Paterson
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF Cape Town Blitz
Quinton de Kock(c), Liam Livingstone, Dale Steyn, Anrich Nortje, Janneman Malan, George Linde, Vernon Philander, Marques Ackerman, Gregory Mahlokoana, Aviwe Mgijima, Moeen Ali
- Jozi Stars are the strongest side of the Mzansi Super League.
- They are the title winners of the 2018 edition when they beat Cape Town Blitz in the final.
- Jozi Stars have signed Pakistani player Shoaib Malik who was the captain of Guyana Amazon Warriors in the recently concluded edition of the CPL.
- Temba Bavuma was preferred for the captaincy role over the former skipper Dane Vilas.
- Chris Gayle, Kagiso Rabada and RVD Dussen are the other key players to look out for in the franchise.
Cape Town Blitz
- Cape Town Blitz was a strong contender but suffered defeat at the hands of Jozi Stars in the final.
- Cape Town was the top team in the points table in the last season.
- Proteas wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock has been appointed as the new skipper for the Blitz.
- T20 Blast’s top performer Moeen Ali and Pakistani pacer Wahab Riaz will also join this squad.
- Wahab will join the squad after the Australia T20 series.
PROBABLE WINNING TEAM:
As Capetown Blitz has a star-studded line-up, they are the favorites to win over Jozi Stars in the opening match of Mzansi Super League 2019.
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