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SA20: CT vs JOH Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Mumbai Indians Cape Town vs Joburg Super Kings (MI vs JOH)

Date: January 14, Saturday, 9.00 PM IST

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town

MI Cape Town and Joburg Super Kings are set to face each other in the seventh match of the SA20 2023 on Saturday, January 14. The game will be hosted by the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.

The Super Kings, led by Faf du Plessis, are currently placed fifth in the points table with two points and a net run rate of -1.618. They started the tournament on a strong foot, beating Durban Super Giants by 16 runs in their first match. But in their second game, they lumped to a big seven-wicket defeat against the Paarl Royals. 

Their batting was dismal to say the least, as they were bowled out for just 81 runs in 17.2 overs. Only one of their batsmen was able to score in double digits. The target was too little for the bowlers to defend as the Royals chased down the target with 57 balls to spare. Jos Buttler remained unbeaten on 29 runs off 21 deliveries.

Rashid Khan-led Cape Town, on the other hand, began the tournament with a massive win over the Royals, but faced a five-wicket defeat to the Super Giants. After being put in to bat first, Cape Town scored 152/8 in 20 overs on the back of efforts by Grant Roelofsen, who scored 52 runs off 44 balls. Reece Topley, Hardus Viljoen, and Prenelan Subrayen picked up two wickets apiece, while Olly Stone picked up four wickets. However, the Super Giants chased down the target with 21 balls to spare.

Ahead of the seventh game of the SA20, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for CT vs JOH

The pitch in Newland is generally excellent for batting. Bowlers may not have the best of time on this wicket. Overall, a total of 23 T20 matches have been played at this venue, of which 15 were won by the teams bowling first. The average first innings score from those 23 T20s is 154 while the average second innings score is 145. These numbers suggest that we can expect a high-scoring encounter. The highest and lowest T20 total recorded at this venue is 193 for 5 and 96 for 10.

The weather in Cape Town will be sunny and the skies clear. The temperature will fluctuate between 24 to 26 degrees Celsius.

MI Cape Town team news and predicted XI

Team news: MI Cape Town are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI after winning one and losing one.

Squad: Ziyaad Abrahams, Jofra Archer, Dewald Brevis, Sam Curran, Beuran Hendricks, Duan Jansen, Rashid Khan, George Linde, Liam Livingstone, Wesley Marshall, Delano Potgieter, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Grant Roelofsen, Waqar Salamkheil, Odean Smith, Olly Stone, Rassie van der Dussen

Predicted XI: Quinton de Kock (C & WK), Johnson Charles, Heinrich Klaasen, Jason Holder, Christiaan Jonker, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Akila Dananjaya, Hardus Viljeon, Junior Dala, Reece Topley

Joburg Super Kings team news and predicted XI

Team news: Joburg Super Kings made one change to their XI ahead of their loss against Paarl Royals, replacing Maluis Siboto with Lizaad Williams. Williams was expensive with the ball but with the bat, he scored 17 not out off 18 deliveries.

Squad: Faf du Plessis, Gerald Coetzee, Maheesh Theekshana, Romario Shepherd, Harry Brook, Janneman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, Kyle Verreynne, George Garton, Alzarri Joseph, Leus du Plooy, Lewis Gregory, Lizaad Williams, Donavon Ferreira, Nandre Burger, Malusi Siboto, Caleb Seleka

Predicted XI: Janneman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis, Kyle Verreynne, Lewis Gregory, Donovan Ferreira, Romario Shepherd, George Garton, Alzarri Joseph, Lizaad Williams, Aaron Phangiso

Head to head record

This will be the first-ever match between the two sides.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI CT vs JOH

Faf du Plessis – batsman, Joburg Super Kings

Faf du Plessis comes into the tournament on the back of a good time with the Perth Scorchers in the BBL where he scored 163 runs at a strike rate of 153.77. One of the best T20 batsmen in the world, who has featured in nearly all franchise cricket tournaments, du Plessis has an average and strike rate of 30.85 and 131.24 in 318 T20s. In the on-going tournament, he has 41 runs in two games and will be looking for a big knock in the next game.

Aaron Phangiso – bowler, Joburg Super Kings

Aaron Phangiso is a well-known name in the South African domestic circuit – he has played 183 T20s. The bowler recently had a good CSA T20 Challenge 2022 with 12 wickets at an average of 16.67.

Donavon Ferreira – all-rounder, Joburg Super Kings

From the all-rounder’s category, Donavon Ferreira is a good pick for your fantasy team. He was one of the best performers for his side in the opening encounter where he scored an unbeaten 82 and also scalped one wicket. You can also consider him as one of the options for your MPL team’s vice-captaincy.

Dewald Brevis – batsman, Mumbai Indians Cape Town

Dewald Brevis, one of most fearless strikers of the ball, is a must-have player in your fantasy team. Brevis won the match for Cape Town all by himself by smashing an unbeaten 70 runs and will be looking to produce a similar knock in the next game.

Jofra Archer – bowler, Mumbai Indians Cape Town

Jofra Archer was playing competitive sport after a long time but there was no rustiness in his performance as he took three wickets from four overs. Archer brings with him not just international experience but also the experience of playing in other T20 leagues like the IPL.


CT vs JOH – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The MI Cape Town vs Joburg Super Kings match will not be televised in India. But you can watch the digital streaming of the match on the Jio app. The match will begin at 9.00 PM IST on January 14.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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