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SA20: CT vs PRE Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Mumbai Indians Cape Town vs Pretoria Capitals (CT vs PRE)

Date: January 23, Monday, 9.00 PM IST

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town

MI Cape Town and the Pretoria Capitals will lock horns in Match No. 20 of the SA20 2023 on Monday, January 23, at Newlands in Cape Town.

The Capitals, led by Wayne Parnell, are currently right at the top of the points table with 18 points and an excellent net run rate of +1.936. They have four wins from six matches and come into this game after losing to the Paarl Royals by six wickets. The Capitals chose to bat first after winning the toss, and put up a total of 158 for six on the back of Theunis de Bruyn’s 47-ball 53. The Royals, however, chased down the target with two balls to spare.

MI Cape Town, on the other hand, are placed second in the table with 13 points and a net run rate of +0.326. They have lost three out of six matches, but come into this game after beating the Royals by 13 runs. After being asked to bat first, Cape Town put up a decent first innings total of 142 for nine on the board. In reply, Jos Buttler scored a half century but in a losing cause George Linde and Kagiso Rabada defended the target, having picked two wickets each.

MI Cape Town’s strong bowling attack against the Pretoria Capitals’ impressive batting makes for an exciting watch in the next game. Ahead of the 20th 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 PRE

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. The highest and lowest T20 total recorded at this venue is 193 for 5 and 96 for 10. The team batting second has won all four matches at Newlands in the ongoing tournament and thus fielding first should be the ideal choice.

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 got back to winning ways after two back to back losses and thus might stick with their winning combination.

 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: Dewald Brevis, Ryan Rickelton, Grant Roelofsen, Rassie van der Dussen, Sam Curran, Delano Potgieter, George Linde, Rashid Khan, Odean Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Jofra Archer

Pretoria Capitals team news and predicted XI

Team news: Pretoria Capitals made one change to their playing XI in the previous game, bringing in Kusal Mendis for Phil Salt, who was out with sickness. If fit, Salt may be back in the playing XI for the next game.

Squad: Eathan Bosch, Theunis de Bruyn, Shane Dadswell, Cameron Delport, Daryn Dupavillon, Will Jacks, Josh Little, Marco Marais, Kusal Mendis, Senuran Muthusamy, Jimmy Neesham, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Migael Pretorius, Adil Rashid, Rilee Rossouw, Phil Salt, Shaun von Berg

Predicted XI: Kusal Mendis, Will Jacks, Theunis de Bruyn, Rilee Rossouw, Shane Dadswell, Jimmy Neesham, Eathan Bosch, Wayne Parnell, Senuran Muthuswamy, Adil Rashid, Anrich Nortje

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 PRE

Will Jacks – batsman, Pretoria Capitals

The English batting all-rounder has been one of the best performers for Capitals so far in the tournament. He has scored 208 runs while also picking up two wickets. He slammed a 92 off just 46 balls at a strike rate of 200 against the Sunrisers last week and most recently, he scored 56 off 25 at a strike rate of almost 225 against the Super Giants. In all, Jacks has a batting average and strike rate of 29.46 and 156.84 in 108 T20s.

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. He has scored 135 runs in six innings at a strike rate of 109.75. His best knock so far has been an unbeaten 70 runs off 41 balls against the Royals and will be looking to produce a similar knock in the next game.

Kagiso Rabada – bowler, Mumbai Indians Cape Town

One of the better pace bowlers in the competition, Kagiso Rabada has bagged seven wickets in four games, with best performance of 3/34 against Eastern Cape. Rabada brings with him not just international experience but also the experience of playing in other T20 leagues like the IPL. In all, he has played 166 T20s, from which he has 217 wickets.

George Linde – all-rounder, Mumbai Indians Cape Town

The all-rounder has done well with both the bat and ball. George Linde has scored 128 runs and bagged five wickets at an economy of 6.63 so far in the tournament. The left-arm spinner overall has 127 wickets and a batting average and strike rate of 19.67 and 135.82 in 131 T20s overall.

Anrich Nortje – bowler, Pretoria Capitals

Anrich Nortje has been one of the standout bowlers in the tournament so far. The pacer has scalped 10 wickets in six games at an economy of 6.21, including best figures of 3/12. In all, Nortje has 119 wickets in his T20 career of 90 games.


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

The MI Cape Town vs Pretoria Capitals 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 23.

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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