Sixth Match Preview: Durban Heat vs. Tshwane Spartans
Sixth Match Preview: Durban Heat vs. Tshwane Spartans

After ending up on the right side of an edge of the seat thriller against Paarl Rocks, Tshwane Spartans opened their accounts in the Mzansi Super League but there was no such luck for Durban Heat who surrendered to Cape Town Blitz in their opener. The Spartans are starting to find their feet in the competition and have a power packed top-order capable of testing any bowling attack.

Led by Albie Morkel, Durban Heat came under the pump against the fiery pace of Anrich Nortje in their opener. The return of David Miller should help the Heat in adding some firepower to their middle-order although they might want to focus on fighting the Spartans' top-order with their bowling.

Conditions: Clear day and a true batting pitch expected.

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Wicket-keeper: Gihahn Cloete (8 points)

The Tshwane Spartans wicket-keeper should just about edge out Heinrich Klaasen and Morne van Wyk for the wicket-keeper's slot. Cloete, who made his T20I debut recently, appeared clueless against Nortje in the opener but so did a lot of other batsmen. He made up for that with a 49-ball 80 against Paarl Rocks and should be backed given his form and the ordinary attack of the Durban Heat side.

Batsman: AB de Villiers (11 points)

de Villiers has had a sensational start to the tournament at home with scores of 59 and 32, both coming at strike rates of 170-plus. He is the top scorer in the tournament after two matches and also showcased his prowess

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