The Mzansi Super League continues on Thursday and it does so with the early pacesetters Cape Town Blitz looking to move back into the top three when they host the Durban Heat in a big game at Newlands.
The Heat haven’t really got going this term due to a series of rain affected matches while the Blitz have fallen from their early heights, so this is a match that both teams will be eager to win and revive their campaign.
Cape Town Blitz
After beginning their campaign with three wins in their first four matches, the Cape Town Blitz have now lost two in succession and need to arrest their slide here if they are going to go on and achieve what they set out to do when they kicked off their season. The question mark comes over them in the fact that their three wins have only been against Jozi Stars and their opponents here, the only two winless sides in the competition.
One of the reasons for the struggles has been their bowling attack going off form. You could argue that they have never truly been on it given that they have shipped more than 160 in all six outings in this campaign but if they are going to push on and make the top three, that department will need to improve. The good thing is that if they do tighten up with the ball, their batting looks to be going well enough to deliver the goods.
The Durban Heat have had five matches scheduled this campaign and there has not been a result available in three of them. The two matches that were completed they lost both times but the margins were by 10 runs in one and on the penultimate ball in the other, so they are not far away from getting results, but they are running out of time to get them if they are going to launch a late push for the top three.
Both of the matches the Heat have finished have seen each innings contain 160 runs or more so they are another side who will be looking to tighten up with the ball, especially given the quality that they have within their line up. They also have plenty of batting quality too, so there is no doubt they should be going better than they are. Here is a chance to prove exactly why some fancied them heading into the campaign.
I’m not sure I can trust either of these sides right now, given that their bowlers regularly concede more than 160 runs whenever they take to the field. I’ve still got a feeling there is more to come from the Durban Heat, but I’m not so sure I could force myself to get involved in them. I definitely have no interest in the Cape Town Blitz at odds on so I’ll head to the side market for a bet.
That bet comes in the sixes market where the line is low looking at 11.5. Both matches at Newlands this season have had 14 sixes in them and when these two met at Kingsmead there were 13 of them in not the highest scoring match we’ve ever seen. In Alex Hales, David Miller, Liam Livingstone, Quinton de Kock and Asif Ali there are some huge hitters of the cricket ball and I expect them, and the supporting cast, to come together for a dozen sixes.
WON – Back Over 11.5 sixes for a 4/10 stake at 1.85 with 888sport