It’s top versus bottom in the first game of Wednesday’s SA20 double-header as MI Cape Town square off against Sunrisers Eastern Cape at Newlands. These two sides played each other on Monday, with SEC getting their first win of the competition in Gqeberha. As always, Lwanele Poswayo has a prediction and the best bets for this encounter.
Can the side from Cape Town bounce back, or will SEC make it two consecutive wins?
Sunrisers Eastern Cape skipper Aiden Markram has top-scored for his side in the last two matches. He scored 46 in a losing cause against Pretoria Capitals and led his side to victory with 50 off 35 balls against MICT. He’s the most consistent batter in this team and I’m backing him to make it three in a row this afternoon.
Sisanda Magala has proven to be worth every penny for SEC. He’s taken five wickets in three matches so far and has been his side’s best bowler, along with his skipper Markram. His ability to take wickets in the middle overs and at the death has been impressive, and I see him doing the same in this game.
The odds might be against SEC in this match but I’m backing their two most consistent performers to deliver.
First 6 Overs
Sunrisers Eastern Cape have been getting off to terrible starts in the Powerplay in terms of runs scored and wickets lost compared to MICT. Dewald Brevis and Ryan Rickelton have established a decent opening partnership with contributions from Grant Roelofsen at 3. At 1.80, there’s decent value in backing MICT to score the most runs in the Powerplay.
MI Cape Town have the home advantage and based on results so far, such an advantage has proven crucial. They’ll be eager to bounce back and I expect them to win this game in front of their home crowd.