Date: February 5, 2023
Time: 5:00 PM IST
Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
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The ongoing SA20 League is all set to reach its business end and with just few games left in the league stage, stakes are high in every match from here on. Sunday (February 5) will be an exciting double header and the day will begin with third placed Sunrisers Eastern Cape going up against Joburg Super Kings at The Wanderers Stadium, in Johannesburg.
Both the teams played a 'no-result' game due to rain in their last fixture and will be eager to register a win at this stage. In this article we will try to narrow down few aspects of the both the teams which will help you to understand which team has a better chance to win the game.
The surface at the Wanderers Stadium is a good balanced wicket and we can expect healthy competition between bat and ball. The average 1st inning score at this venue is 160 and teams must look to bat first and post enough runs on board. The pacers have taken 73 per cent of the wickets at this venue.
Sunrisers Eastern Cape will look to forget their below par performance against Paarl Royals. Eastern Cape could only add 130 runs on board, which was easily chased by the Royals. JJ Smuts' 65 was the only takeaway for Sunrisers Eastern Cape in that match. Adam Rossington, Jordan Hermann and skipper Aiden Markram have been in good form in the tournament and made some instrumental contributions in the competition.
Meanwhile, Maheesh Theekshana and Gerald Coetzee would be ready to challenge Eastern Cape's batters as the duo have asked tough questions to best of the batters in the competition. Alzarri Joseph is another prolific pacer in the squad. Kings' skipper Faf du Plessis and opener Reeza Hendricks have appeared lethal for the opponents and some similar performance can be crucial for the side.
Probable playing XI:
Joburg Super Kings:
Faf du Plessis (c), Reeza Hendricks, Neil Brand, Sibonelo Makhanya, Leus du Plooy, Donavon Ferreira (wk), Romario Shepherd, Nandre Burger, Gerald Coetzee, Alzarri Joseph, Maheesh Theekshana
Sunrisers Eastern Cape:
Adam Rossington (wk), Jordan Hermann, Sarel Erwee, JJ Smuts, Aiden Markram (c), Tristan Stubbs, Marco Jansen, James Fuller, Roelof van der Merwe, Mason Crane, Sisanda Magala
Both the teams have good competitive cricket in the tournament and will be desperate to add points under their name. However, Sunrisers Eastern Cape have been more consistent in the competition and seems to have a slight edge over their opponents. As per our prediction, Sunrisers Eastern Cape is likely to win the game.
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