Monday, November 4, 2019

MSL 2019 Preview

The second season of the Mzansi Super League is upon us, amid an ongoing crisis regarding payments from last season. Broadcasting the matches on SABC instead of Supersport was not Cricket South Africa’s first choice, but it has worked out well for the fans. Many people tuned in last year and the same is expected this season. With the World T20 in Australia just under a year away, the local players will be looking to make an impact. Rassie van der Dussen, for example, had a great season last time that saw him receive a call up to the one-day side, where he has performed well.

Cape Town Blitz
The Blitz reached the final last season but were beaten by van der Dussen’s Jozi Stars. Quinton de Kock finished as their highest run-scorer and was second on the list overall. He finished with 412 runs, averaging 58.85 at an incredible strike-rate of 169.54. He has had some captaincy opportunities with the Proteas lately and was named as the captain for the Blitz earlier this week. He will opening the batting with the highly rated Janneman Malan, who had a promising season in 2018. Their other batting options include Liam Livingstone, who also bowls leg-spin, as well as the hard-hitting Asif Ali.
Pakistan left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz will be play the first two games before leaving for the T10 league. Moeen Ali has been signed as his replacement while he is away. Their pace attack will also consist of Dale Steyn, who bowled superbly last season an economy of 6.48. Dale will be joined by his former new-ball partner in test cricket – Vernon Philander will be hoping to have a better season that he did with Durban Heat last season. Anrich Nortje had an electrifying start, picking 8 wickets from 3 matches before he was ruled out by an injury. He has since made his test debut for the Proteas and will look to stay up the fast bowler pecking order. Sisanda Magala, who has had some impressive seasons in the Slam T20 challenge is also part of the squad.
The spin attack will consist of two left-arm orthodox all-rounders - Geroge Linde and Mohammad Nawaz. Moeen Ali, the all-round off spinner will feature too in Wahab Riaz’s absence.

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