SA20 2024, M16 Preview

Jan 23, 2024

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MI Cape Town square off against Durban Super Giants in match 16 of the ongoing SA20 on Tuesday, January 23, at Buffalo Park in Cape Town.

Both teams haven’t had particularly smooth campaigns thus far and are coming into this game on the back of losses. Durban started with three back-to-back wins against MI Cape Town, Sunrisers Eastern Cape, and Joburg Super Kings. However, in their last couple of matches against Paarl Royals and Sunrisers, the Keshav Maharaj-led side has suffered defeats.

In their last game against the defending champions, Durban posted 159/7 in their 20 overs on their home ground. However, Aiden Markram and Co. chased the target in 19.2 overs, with five wickets to spare. Heinrich Klaasen is the highest run-getter for Durban so far in the tournament. In five games, he has scored 194 runs at an average of 48.50 and a strike rate of 190.20. Meanwhile, Reece Topley has bagged eight wickets in five games at an economy rate of 8.25 and is the leading wicket-taker for the Super Giants.

Cape Town have won two games and lost three thus far in the tournament. In the last game, Kieron Pollard and Co. lost by 59 runs against Paarl Royals. Chasing a target of 163, Cape Town were bundled out for just 103 runs. The strength of MI has been their opening duo of Ryan Rickelton and Rassie van der Dussen. The former is the highest run-scorer this season, with 342 runs from five games at an average of 85.50 and a strike rate of 179.06. Meanwhile, van der Dussen has scored 210 runs in five games at an average of 42 and a strike rate of 164.06.

Cape Town are yet to beat Durban as the latter are 3-0 on the head-to-head. Durban defeated Cape Town earlier this season by 11 runs (via DLS method). The Buffalo Park is expected to provide a decent batting track and fans can expect a run-fest between two sides with power-packed batting line-ups.

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