The third match of the inaugural season of the SA20 will feature Sunrisers Eastern Cape squaring off against Pretoria Capitals at the Saint George's Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. While local star Aiden Markram is set to lead the Sunrisers Eastern Cape, Wayne Parnell will captain the Pretoria Capitals.
Aiden Markram's side will face Wayne Parnell-led Capitals on Thursday, January 12 as both the teams have a perfect balance of international stars and young talents. While Sunrisers Eastern Cape feature international stars like Tristan Stubbs and Marco Jansen, Pretoria Capitals include power-hitters like Riley Rossouw, Phil Salt among others and also possess experienced players like James Neesham, Adil Rashid, Anrich Nortje among others.
Wayne Parnell's Pretoria Capitals are considered as the favourites to win their opening fixture against the Sunrisers Eastern Cape. The Capitals possess a number of bright prospects in batting and bowling that include Riley Rossouw, Phil Salt, Wayne Parnell, James Neesham, Adil Rashid, Anrich Nortje among others. On the other hand, SEC have talented players in their arsenal but with a lesser exposure to the top-level competitive cricket.
Predicted powerplay score and average first innings total
The Saint George's Park in Port Elizabeth is popularly known for being a slow and low pitch. The Port Elizabeth-based cricket ground is considered to be a dream pitch for the spin bowlers and worst nightmare for the fast bowlers. The average 1st innings total is 131 runs while the powerplay score is expected to be between 38-42.
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