Date & Time: Sunday, November 17, 13:30 IST
Venue: Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
Heat hopes to get onto the park
The MSL is moving at its own pace as it enters into the second week of the season but there are a couple of teams that are yet to play their first game. One of those teams is Durban Heat will take on the Cape Town Blitz in the first match of Sunday’s doubleheader. The last two matches of Heat have been washed out without a ball being bowled. Hence it’s unclear what to expect from them having finished at the bottom of the table in the previous season. On the flip side, the Blitz has won their two games against the Stars and lost to the Rocks. The Blitz seems to have covered all bases and they will be eager to continue their good form against Durban, which doesn’t have strong personnel at least on paper.
The Blitz is likely to stick with their winning combination.
Durban Heat possible XI:
Alex Hales, Sarel Erwee, Dane Vilas (C), David Miller, Ravi Bopara, Khaya Zondo, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Malusi Siboto, Prenelan Subrayen, Kyle Abbott.
The surface at Durban is usually known to produce sporting games but with rain for the past week, it is yet to showcase what it will produce in this season. The weather is still gloomy in Durban but the forecast predicts clear sky during the match. So we can expect a game for the first time in the season, if the ground staff clear up the puddles.
The Blitz skipper may not have produced his best yet, still he has come up with a couple of good knocks in the season. He has an impressive PPM of 75 and an MDTA of 1 in the last 5 games. His firepower at the of the top order makes him one of the most sought after batsmen in the match.
He is one of those players who is a consistent contributor. He has either picked wickets or has scored handy runs down the order so far in the season. The same can be expected of him in today’s match as well. He has a PPM of 54 and an MDTA of 1.5 in the tour.
He has been around for a while now and in the past few years, he has been a regular all around the T20 leagues. He has come into the tournament on the back of a good show in the recently concluded T20 Blast. He has a PPM of 96 and an MDTA of 1 in the last 5 matches.
He may be expensive in the three matches played so far in the season but he has chipped in wickets every time he came into the attack. His PPM of 52.2 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 marches make him a must-have.
In a team that is in a scarcity of quality bowlers, Abbott gives Durban some sort of hope. He not only has a decent record overall in the format but also has great form to give his best. He has a PPM of 45 and an MDTA of 1.67 in the last 5 matches.
He may have fallen down in the ranks for team England in the shorter format but he is trying to make his case with good performance all around the T20 leagues. He has a PPM of 42 and an MDTA of 1.69 in the format.