MI Cape Town will play Durban before travelling to Centurion to face the Capitals. MI will be heavy favourites to beat the bottom-placed Durban Super Giants.
The outcome of the game would have an impact on their odds against the Pretoria Capitals. MI Cape Town has only won one of their last four games. The victory came against the Paarl Royals, who were defending a 142-run total.
Pretoria Capitals, on the other hand, have won both of their games so far at Centurion. Parnell’s team defeated MI in their most recent match in Cape Town. The Capitals defeated MI Cape Town by 52 runs thanks to an all-around performance.
The Capitals’ key offensive players will be Nortje, Parnell, and Adil Rashid. Dewald Brewis, Sam Curran, and Rassie van der Dussen are the key players to keep an eye on in the MI camp.
The 26th Match between Pretoria Capitals vs MI Cape Town will take place on February 4th, 2023 at SuperSport Park, Centurion.
Match Details to Note
Match: Pretoria Capitals vs MI Cape Town, 26th Match, SA20 2023
Date: February 04, 2023 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00 PM IST
Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion
Pretoria Capitals have three more league matches remaining, all of which will be played in Centurion. Experts predict that the table toppers will have a home advantage when they face a desperate MI in their third home game of the season.
Parnell and company have been outstanding at this venue. Batting first, the Capitals scored 216 runs in their first home game of the season. They followed it up with a bowling masterclass, dismissing Joburg for 122 runs.
Nortje, Adil Rashid, and captain Parnell have all been consistent with the ball and will be crucial in this game. Neesham can also contribute with the ball. And, while he may not get to bowl a four-over spell, the Kiwi all-rounder has the ability to deliver a breakthrough.
In the last few games, Kusal Mendis has taken the place of Phil Salt as Will Jacks’ opening partner. Mendis has scored at the expected strike rates for a powerplay opener. The Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman, on the other hand, has struggled to convert his starts. Theunis de Bruyn and Rilee Rossouw are in the middle order.
The latter is one of the best T20 hitters, while Theunis has shown promise with a few good knocks this season. Lower-order finishers include Parnell and Neesham. Overall, the team is well-balanced, with some promising and in-form players in each position.
Kusal Mendis(w), Will Jacks, Rilee Rossouw, Theunis de Bruyn, Senuran Muthusamy, Clyde Fortuin, James Neesham, Wayne Parnell(c), Eathan Bosch, Adil Rashid, Anrich Nortje, Marco Marais, Shane Dadswell, Migael Pretorius, Daryn Dupavillon, Shaun von Berg, Cameron Delport
Players to watch out for:
The English keeper-batter missed the previous game against MI Cape Town, but he has been scoring runs at a strike rate of 167.36.
The skipper’s pace and left-arm angle confuse batters. He recently took 3-14 against MI Cape Town and is in good form in the SA20.
The South African international has 13 wickets so far in the competition and is one dismissal away from being the competition’s leading wicket taker.
Possible Playing XI:
Kusal Mendis (wk), Will Jacks, Rilee Rossouw, Theunis de Bruyn, Clyde Fortuin, James Neesham, Senuran Muthusamy, Wayne Parnell (c), Eathan Bosch, Adil Rashid, Anrich Nortje
Before Rashid Khan and company travel to Centurion for this match, all eyes should be on the MI vs. Durban match. Khan led his team to a 13-run victory over Paarl Royals despite defending a low total. With 1 for 16 from 4 overs, he was the most economical with the ball.
In the following match, he finished with 3 for 16 against Pretoria Capitals in Cape Town. While other key bowlers such as Rabada, Archer, and Sam Curran have been costly, Rashid has the ability to spin his way to the finals.
MI To remain in the playoffs, Cape Town must win all of their remaining matches. The bowling attack appears to be solid on paper, but it must now deliver on the field as well.
Dewald Brewis will be an important top-order batsman. Rickelton has been inconsistent, but if he can rediscover his form, Cape Town will be off to a fast start. That would alter everything. If the foundation is laid properly, the middle order of Rassie van der Dussen, Sam Curran, and George Linde can build a massive total.
Odeon Smith and Rashid Khan can help out in the lower order with their power-hitting abilities.
Dewald Brevis, Ryan Rickelton, Sam Curran, Rassie van der Dussen, George Linde, Grant Roelofsen(w), Odean Smith, Rashid Khan(c), Delano Potgieter, Jofra Archer, Kagiso Rabada, Tim David, Waqar Salamkheil, Wesley Marshall, Duan Jansen, Henry Brookes, Ziyaad Abrahams, Beuran Hendricks
Players to watch out for:
Rassie van der Dussen
The top order batter is a reliable performer in all formats. He scored a century against England in the first ODI and rarely loses wickets.
The Australian international hit three sixes in his 33 runs from 26 balls on debut for MI Cape Town against Durban Super Giants.
On Thursday, the right-arm pace bowler dismissed Heinrich Klaasen, Wiaan Mulder, and Keemo Paul and is a wicket-taking threat.
Possible Playing XI:
Ryan Rickelton, Dewald Brevis, Grant Roelofsen (wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Sam Curran, George Linde, Delano Potgieter, Rashid Khan (c), Odean Smith, Jofra Archer, Kagiso Rabada
Pretoria Capitals vs MI Cape Town Top Team Batsmen
Rilee Rossouw, Phil Salt, and Theunis de Bruyn are our batting options for the Pretoria Capitals. After struggling in the early stages of this tournament and the BBL, Rossouw will be hoping to regain his form. De Bruyn scored four goals in the previous match against MI Cape Town.
Dewald Brevis, Rassie van der Dussen, and Grant Roelofsen are our bat recommendations for MI Cape Town. Brevis scored 46 runs off 30 balls at the top of the order in the previous game against the Pretoria Capitals. In the SA20, Roelofsen has two half-centuries.
Pretoria Capitals vs MI Cape Town Top Team Bowlers
Wayne Parnell, Anrich Nortje, and Adil Rashid are our bowling picks for the Pretoria Capitals. Rashid dismissed the dangerous Grant Roelofsen and Sam Curran the last time these two sides met. Nortje has a best T20 score of 4-20.
For MI Cape Town, we recommend Kagiso Rabada, Rashid Khan, and Odean Smith with the ball. Khan is a world-class T20 spinner with tournament best figures of 3-16. In the rematch, Smith took a crucial wicket of Will Jacks.
Pretoria Capitals vs MI Cape Town Toss Prediction
Batting second teams have won 28 of the 44 domestic T20s held at this venue. Both teams have some big hitters, and the captains can rely on them in a run chase. Furthermore, MI’s key bowlers’ expensive spells make them less reliable for defending a total on this ground.
Pretoria Capitals vs MI Cape Town Pitch Report
This match will be held at SuperSport Park in Centurion. The Pretoria Capitals will play their remaining matches at this venue. In domestic T20s at this venue, the average first innings score is 155 runs. A winning total, however, would be greater than 180-185 runs.
The pitch is ideal for batting, and a 200-plus score has already been recorded this season. The ball comes off the bat nicely, and batters can easily play their strokes all over the park. On match day, there will be thunderstorms in Centurion, with a high of 24 degrees Celsius.
Pretoria Capitals vs MI Cape Town Prediction
Rashid Khan and his teammates may benefit from the MI-Durban game. However, the odds are currently stacked in favour of the home team. The MI Cape Town squad features some outstanding bowlers. MI will be on top if they perform well. The home team has been dominant, and their top four batters have consistently delivered. The captain has been in excellent form with the ball and is well supported by other key bowlers. In our match prediction, the Pretoria Capitals will be the favourites. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Pretoria Capitals is the favourite to beat MI Cape Town at the odds of 1.75.
Pretoria Capitals vs MI Cape Town Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Phil Salt has two unbeaten half-centuries this tournament, and we expect him to be the Pretoria Capitals’ leading run-scorer against MI Cape Town.