Who Will Win Paarl Rocks vs Cape Town Blitz, MSL 2018?
Cape Town Blitz, after facing a heavy defeat last time against Jozi Stars, will look to make a strong comeback when they meet Paarl Rocks in this 24th fixture of the Mzansi Super League 2018. The Newlands in Cape Town will be the venue for this match to be played on December 7. Live telecast is scheduled to begin at 7 PM local time.
CTB vs PR, MSL 2018: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
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The pitch at the Newlands has tended to offer more assistance to the bowlers later on in the evening. Moreover, since all the three matches of the Mzansi Super League played at this ground have been won by the side batting first, the team that wins the toss here in this match is more likely to bat first.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and match prediction for Cape Town Blitz vs Paarl Rocks, Mzansi Super League 2018...
Cape Town Blitz Team News & Playing 11
Cape Town Blitz Team News
Cape Town Blitz brought in wicketkeeper-batsman Kyle Verreynne in place of off-spinner Dane Piedt for their previous match against Jozi Stars. Verreynne is expected to be retained for this Friday's clash against Paarl Rocks and his presence in the playing eleven will keep Quinton de Kock free from wicketkeeping duties and allow him to play purely as a batsman. The Blitz may be coming off a big defeat, but we don't expect them to panic and make changes to their line-up ahead of this game.
Cape Town Blitz Key Players
Cape Town Blitz seem to be heavily reliant on their opening pair of Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan when it comes to batting. Both are among the tournament's top three batsmen with 228 and 279 runs respectively. Malan has scored 77 runs from his last two innings while de Kock cracked a ton last Saturday against Tshwane Spartans. The team, however, will also expect healthy contributions from their skipper Farhaan Behardien in the middle order. Dale Steyn, Nandre Burger and Mohammad Nawaz are the key figures in this Cape Town bowling group. Steyn has picked eight wickets in six matches and he claimed the best figures of 3-0-21-2 in the reverse encounter against Paarl Rocks. Burger too has been impressive with five wickets in two matches and he was the pick of the bowlers last time against Jozi Stars. Nawaz has a pretty good economy rate of 6.78 and the off-spinner could put pressure on the Rocks with his miserly spells.
Cape Town Blitz Recent Form
Cape Town Blitz, despite going down to Jozi Stars last time, find themselves at the top of the MSL 2018 league standings with five wins, two losses and a washout from their eight encounters. They were a bit below par with both bat and ball in the previous outing. Their bowlers first leaked plenty of runs and allowed the Stars to rack up a huge total and then their batsmen succumbed to the pressure. Before that game, the Blitz inflicted a heavy 60-run loss on Tshwane Spartans at Centurion.
Paarl Rocks have been bolstered with the return of all-rounders Cameron Delport and Dwayne Bravo who replaced Henry Davids and Grant Thomson in the last game against Tshwane Spartans. Both of them will probably be retained for this upcoming match against Cape Town Blitz. Although the Rocks ended up losing to the Spartans, we don't expect them to make any changes to the current line-up.
PR Key Players
Faf du Plessis has been the most consistent performer with the bat so far for Paarl Rocks. The skipper has cracked two half-centuries in the tournament and one of those was hit in the reverse encounter against Cape Town Blitz. While he is definitely the key man in this batting group, the team will also expect Aiden Markram and Vaughn van Jaarsveld to make significant contributions. Dwayne Bravo has made a promising start to his MSL campaign and he is a vital cog in both batting and bowling departments. Bjorn Fortuin, Tabraiz Shamsi and Dane Paterson have all bowled well and the Rocks will be counting on them to deliver the goods once again. Fortuin and Paterson took four and three wickets respectively in the earlier clash against the Blitz. The former is among the tournament's top five bowlers and the left-arm spinner has a good chance of claiming the best figures again. The Blitz will also be wary of Shamsi who is coming off a three-wicket haul against Tshwane Spartans.
PR Recent Form
Paarl Rocks are currently fourth in the MSL 2018 points table after winning three and losing four out of their seven league encounters. Their previous match versus Tshwane Spartans was a closely-fought contest which they ended up losing by four wickets. Prior to that game, the Rocks suffered a 48-run loss to Nelson Mandela Bay Giants before handing a nine-wicket thrashing to Durban Heat at home.
Paarl Rocks Predicted Playing 11
Aiden Markram, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis (c), Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Dwayne Bravo, David Wiese, Bjorn Fortuin, Dane Paterson, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tshepo Moreki
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
CTB : L W NR L W
PR : L W L W W
CTB vs PR Head to Head
CTB vs PR Head to Head
Paarl Rocks secured a five-wicket win when they faced Cape Town Blitz earlier in the 11th match of the Mzansi Super League at the Boland Park. After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Blitz posted 140 on the scoreboard which proved to be insufficient in the end as the Rocks rode on their skipper Faf du Plessis's fifty to pull off a successful chase.
Paarl Rocks vs Cape Town Blitz Betting Odds
Cape Town Blitz enter this 24th match of the Mzansi Super League 2018 as favorites to win at odds of 1.69 on Betfair and 1.66 on both Betway and Bet365. Paarl Rocks find themselves as the bookmakers' underdogs for this game and they are being offered at a higher price of 2.15 on Betway, 2.20 on Bet365 and 2.28 on Betfair.
Cape Town Blitz vs Paarl Rocks Prediction
Both the teams are coming on the back of a defeat in their last match. Pressure, however, is going to be much more on Paarl Rocks as a loss here will make it harder for them to finish in the top three at the end of the league round. But having registered a convincing win over Cape Town Blitz in their first meeting of the tournament should boost their confidence ahead of this match. The Blitz, on the other hand, will be keen on returning to winning ways after a heavy defeat last time against Jozi Stars. They have the home advantage in their favor and have won two out of their three matches at this ground. The only concern for the Blitz seems to be their underperforming middle-order batsmen but we expect them to click on Friday and power the team to another win.
Final Verdict: Back Cape Town Blitz to beat Paarl Rocks at 1.69 on Betfair and 1.66 on both Betway and Bet365.