As ever we end the Mzansi Super League week with a double header of action and for three of the four sides involved on Sunday it is a huge day of cricket as we head closer towards the end of the regular season.
Sunday sees the top two in action as well as two of the chasing pack for a spot in the play-offs so this is going to be a double header which has a major impact on the table, and therefore the competition as a whole.
Jozi Stars vs Paarl Rocks (08.00)
The first match of the day sees the defending champions Jozi Stars going up against the joint leaders in the table in Paarl Rocks in what is a huge match for the visiting side. The Stars are now playing the role of party poopers but the Rocks are right in the mix.
The Jozi Stars have made a mess of their title defence and whatever happens from here on in they won’t be making the final stages but the Paarl Rocks are right in the mix, even after their defeat to the Tshwane Spartans last time out. The Rocks won the reverse meeting between these two with something to spare.
Jozi Stars will have to do a bit of rejigging to their side because Chris Gayle has left and Shoaib Malik has taken over. That could lift them but you’ve got to think their dressing room will be devoid of any confidence. That isn’t the case for the Paarl Rocks. They seem to have their struggles against the Tshwane Spartans but they’ve beaten everyone else and I expect them to win this match.
Cape Town Blitz vs Tshwane Spartans (12.00)
The second half of the double header comes from Newlands as the Cape Town Blitz host the Tshwane Spartans in a match in which the home side need to win to remain in the mix for the top three and the away team will be looking to push on at the top of the table.
Cape Town Blitz began the tournament strongly but they have lost their last three matches and are fading fast. The harsh reality is that two of their three wins in the competition have come against the Jozi Stars and they don’t really mean a whole lot so the Blitz suddenly have a bit to prove. The Spartans don’t. They are unbeaten in the tournament and looking to kick on from here.
The Cape Town bowling has suddenly gone missing. They have shipped more than 180 in two of their last three matches and run into the most fearsome batsman in the competition here, which can’t be a pleasant thought for them. In contrast to that the Spartans have kept their last two opponents to 135 or less. I always side with the bowling attack that is better in these things and on current form that is Tshwane. They’re my bet.
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