The Durban’s Super Giants (DSG) will be out looking for their third win of the SA20 2023 season when they lock horns against the Rashid Khan-led MI Cape Town on February 2 at Kingsmead, Durban.
The Super Giants are currently sixth on the SA20 2023 points table with eight points from seven matches while MI Cape Town are placed just one place above them with 13 points from as many games.
However, having already beaten MI Cape Town earlier this season, DSG will be confident going into the fixture and notch up a win in front of their home crowd.
International stars to step up against Cape Town
The Super Giants enjoy the luxury of having South African stars like skipper Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj and Dwaine Pretorius in their squad and each of them have been match winners for their national side.
Wicketkeeper Klaasen has been in red-hot form in the ongoing season, scoring 259 runs in seven games so far. Captain de Kock has been slogging through a poor vein of form in the recent games for the Super Giants but the southpaw has also managed a couple of 30-plus scores against England in the ODI series. He will look to carry the form into the Cape Town game.
Maharaj, meanwhile, has been economical in the middle overs while Pretorius has taken six wickets. The South African core of the Super Giants will need to step up in their next fixture if DSG is to pick up a win.
What to expect against from the Durban’s Super Giants on Thursday
The last time the Quinton de Kock-led Super Giants took on the MI Cape Town, the Super Giants won by five wickets with 21 balls to spare.
The Super Giants need good starts with the bat. Mayers and de Kock have to step up in the initial overs to give the team a solid platform.
Reece Topley and Prenelan Subrayen have been the top wicket-takers for the Super Giants thus far. Other bowling options in Maharaj, Mulder, Pretorius, and Holder have bowled 60 overs in total and scalped only 13 wickets so far. DSG's bowling attack will hope to bowl economically in the powerplay against MI Cape Town.
DSG hold a psychological advantage over MI Cape Town and will hopefully begin the business end of the league phase on a high note.
Probable Starting XI
Australian wicketkeeper batter Ben McDermott is set to join the Super Giants squad alongside Englishman David Willey for the remaining games this season. The talented batter may get a nod in the next fixture.
Ben McDermott, Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Heinrich Klaasen, David Willey, Wiaan Mulder, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Prenelan Subrayen, Reece Topley, and Hardus Viljoen.