SA20 2024, M8, Cape Town v Eastern Cape Preview

Jan 16, 2024

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MI Cape Town and Sunrisers Eastern Cape will lock horns in the eighth match of the ongoing SA20. The match will be contested at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town on January 16, Tuesday. MI and Sunrisers are currently standing third and fourth in the six-team points table. 

MI started their campaign with a loss against Durban’s Super Giants. However, they staged a stunning comeback, outplaying Joburg Super Kings by a massive 98 runs in their previous game. After being put to bat first, Rassie van der Dussen struck a stunning century as MI posted a mammoth 243 in 20 overs. He scored 104 off just 50 deliveries and also staged a 200-run opening partnership with wicketkeeper-batter Ryan Rickelton. Nandre Burger picked the crucial wicket of Rickelton and subsequently missed a well-deserved century by 98 runs.

In the second innings, Geroge Linde and Olly Stone finished with excellent figures of 2/25 and 2/18, respectively, as MI restricted the Super Kings to 145 in 17.5 overs. Meanwhile, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Liam Livingstone, and Sam Curran, all made one scalp each.

After the match against Super Kings was abandoned, the Sunrisers faced off against Super Giants in their second game. Despite the batters showcasing excellence with the bat, Sunrisers lost the game by 35 runs. Tom Abell and Tristan Stubbs scored 65 and 55, respectively, while chasing a 225-run target set by the Super Giants. 

The pitch in Cape Town is generally known as a balanced one which provides equal assistance to both batters and bowlers. The fast bowlers are the ones who are expected to receive more benefits. As per the previous records, chasing seems easy at this venue and therefore the toss-winning captain is likely to choose bowling first. Additionally, fans can anticipate a high-scoring encounter.

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