The second edition of the Mzansi Super League kicks off tonight as the defending champions Jozi Stars clash with 2019 runners-up Cape Town Blitz Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg at 17h30
The departure of captain Dane Vilas to join Durban Heat, will see the Stars being led in this edition by Temba Bavuma who arrives from Heat and 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.
Thamie Mthembu, Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Head of Media and Communications said: “To make it bigger and better from last year, MSL2.0 could not have had a better start than a match featuring the two teams that competed in the finals last year. There is no better place to kick off procedures than the Bull Ring and we look forward to great entertainment on and off the field on Friday.”
“It is a big clash,” said Stars opening bowler Kagiso Rabada. “It will be nice to start off on a winning note. Blitz is a quality side and will come out guns blazing. I feel that we have had some good training in the last couple of days (since the team got together this week). Every game is big, and there does not seem to be a weak link in this tournament.
For the Ashwell Prince-coached Blitz, the team will call on the destructive batting of Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan while they also carry a formidable attack led by speedsters Dale Steyn and Anrich Nortje who will be supported by the international marquee all-rounder, Moeen Ali, from England.“Momentum is important – we obviously started nicely (last year), we had four wins in a row at the start and we probably lost our way in the middle of the campaign,” said Prince.
On Saturday, Durban Heat will be hoping to bring the fire against a combative Tshwane Spartans outfit in the first of weekend coastal battles, at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium in Durban (12.30 pm).
The doubleheader on Sunday will see the highly-anticipated Cape derby between Paarl Rocks and Blitz at Eurolux Boland Park in Paarl (10.00 am) before the formidable Nelson Mandela Bay Giants take on Stars at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth (14h00).
Cape Town Blitz
Quinton de Kock(C), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan), Liam Livingstone (England), Dale Steyn (retained player), Sisanda Magala, Anrich Nortje (retained player), Asif Ali (Pakistan, retained player), Mohammad Nawaz (Pakistan), Janneman Malan (retained player), George Linde (retained player), David Bedingham, Vernon Philander, Marques Ackerman, Gregory Mahlokwana, Aviwe Mgijima.
Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle (West Indies), Rassie van der Dussen (retained player), Reeza Hendricks (retained player), Daniel Christian (Australia, retained player), Temba Bavuma(C), Duanne Olivier (retained player), Simon Harmer (retained player), Ryan Rickelton (retained player), Aaron Phangiso, Lizaad Williams, Sinethemba Qeshile (retained player), Nono Pongolo, Eathan Bosch, Delano Potgieter.