Date & Time: Sunday, November 24, 13:30 IST
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa
Both seek to stay in the top half of the table
Cape Town Blitz host Paarl Rocks in the reverse fixture on Sunday’s first match of the doubleheader. The Rocks has been victorious when these two sides met earlier in the season in Paarl. Since then, Paarl has won against the Stars and lost to Spartans. The Blitz, on the other hand, won against the Stars and the Heat, but later lost to the Giants. Now with the season into its halfway mark both sides seek to stay in the top half of the table. A win here for Biltz will take them to top the table and for Rocks, they move to No.2 in the points table.
Both sides are likely to stick with the same XI of their respective last matches.
The surface in Cape Town mostly produced balanced scoring games in the last edition of MSL but the season started with a high scoring game. So expect a lot of runs on offer if the surface holds true to its nature.
The Rocks captain has failed to continue his good start to the season in the last two games. He departed for a low score, one of which his lack of performance cost the game for Rocks. But he is too good a player to miss out on It three times on a trot, given his record in the format.
He might have missed the side’s first game of the season but since his arrival, he has come up with back to back good knocks. It seemed like he has continued from where he left against the Kiwis a couple of weeks ago. He has a PPM of 81 and MDTA of 1 in the tour.
He has been the most consistent batsman for the Blitz in the season. He has provided the team with good starts in most of the matches and his glovework also fetched him crucial points. He has a PPM of 50 and an MDTA of 1 in the last five matches.
He might have a mediocre record in the format leading into the tournament but he has performed above his weight in the 3 matches played. His promotion in the batting order is one of the reasons for his performances and he also chipped in with few wickets. He has a PPM of 52 and an MDTA of 1.5 in the tour.
He has been the most consistent bowler for the Rocks in the season as he picked 5 wickets in the 3 matches he has played. His PPM of 44.2 and MDTA of 1 in the last 5 matches make him a must-have in the Dream11 cricket team.
The veteran pacer has lived up to the expectations on him so far in the season as he is the leading wicket-taker for the side at the moment. At times he might have proved to be a touch expensive, but bowling in crucial phases is the reason for that. He has a PPM of 48.8 and an MDTA from 1.67 in the tour.