Cape Town – Durban Heat captain Albie Morkel is cautious about the threat of "AB" before the second Mzansi Premier League out against Tshwane Spartans at Kingsmead, in Durban on Wednesday.
The hosts have missed the opening match of the new Twenty20 captivating contest at Cape Town Blitz over the weekend and will now look back with a better presentation when faced with AB de Villiers and co.
Former Proteas captain beat slowly in the two previous games, with 59 30 balls and 32 18, half a century marked in a case losing to Blitz.
De Villiers looks impressive and seems to be on the brink of massive performance. Morkel admits he will be the main man for Tshwane.
"It's obviously a key player for any of them playing for the whole world," he said. "We certainly know this and respect that.
"We played a batch of cricket with him and the day he is, you do not have much to do. We have some plans that we will try tomorrow and if that does not work then."
Long team teams for both club and country were now separated for the MSL T20.
Morkel also believes that heat can turn AB's threat into a positive situation.
"I think he'll have a lot of pressure on his shoulders," he added. "I'm not saying other guys in the team are not dangerous, but he's the only guy in that team.
"So we would love to realize that we would like to think then and tell him that if he does not score, his team might be under pressure."
Heat was supported by international injection David Miller. Heinrich Klaasen and Brandon Mavuta for the game, which will mark the introduction of proteases for the first time in the competition.
The Spartans, meanwhile, are ready to open their doors to their great South African star, Long Ngidi. They won a thrilling game during the weekend when they scored Rocks Paarl in a single round in a 203 vs 202 shot at Boland Park.
"It was a serious cricket game, I saw 400 rounds and it was a great fun for everyone," said Man of the Match from Theunis de Bruyn game. "He went our way, even if we were not as clinics as we would, but we will win."
Tshwane has lost his opening game, but now he will seek to build this victory in KwaZulu-Natal.
"It was a massive game for us and in such a competition where the games come so fast, the win will be a big boost," said De Bruyn, who hit 66 38 in Paarl. "We hope we can hold the momentum of that match in Durban on Wednesday."