The Paarl Rocks will lock horns with the Tshwane Spartans at their home ground in what will be the fourth match of the Mzansi Super League. The pitch at Paarl is not considered to be very high scoring and 155 often turns out to be a par score at this venue, despite the fact that the ground has pretty small boundaries.
The home side, Paarl Rocks, have a couple of big names—Faf du Plesis and Dwayne Bravo—in their squad. The former has been appointed the captain of the side but he will be unavailable for the first fixture due to national duty. Henry Davids is expected to lead the side in his absence. Paarl's strength lies in its batsmen and all-rounders. Faf du Plessis, Cameron Delport, Aiden Markram, Dwayne Bravo, David Wiese and Vaughn Jaarsveld are expected to set the tournament on fire. Their bowling unit is pretty decent too but the duo of Tabraiz Shamsi and Dane Paterson are mainly expected to lead the attacking charge.
The Tshwane Spartans, on the other hand, are coming into this match on the back of a defeat in their very first encounter of the tournament against Cape Town Blitz. AB de Villiers did light up the match with his 30-ball blitz of 59 runs but that didn't prove to be enough for them to win the match. Their bowlers found it tough to keep the run flow in check and pick up wickets. And the batsmen, except de Villiers and Dean Elgar,