Durban – Following the first Super League win on Wednesday, the Durban Heat leadership at St George Park in Port Elizabeth on Friday night for a showdown with Nelson Mandela Bay Giants.
Both sides have the same record after two games with a victory and a loss for their names, however the Giants just sit on Heat the diary in the third place due to a higher run rate.
Wednesday saw Giants go to Cape Town Blitz at Newlands and despite the loss, Captain Albie Morkel thinks they have a dangerous part – especially with the return of their international players.
"They now have some proteas, including Chris Morris and Imran Tahir, who will certainly strengthen their side," Morkel said.
"I still think that at this early stage of the tour it is difficult to choose a [favourite] side. They are all very good on paper, and you may have already seen a few miseries. "
The competition is still in its infancy and Heat has yet to navigate through seven other games after the showdown on Friday. As he headed for the pretentious program of the coming weeks, the captain kept his narrow attention.
"There is not yet a competitive tendency and I think it's dangerous to think too far in the T20 Cricket, so we'll just play through the game.
"We hope that if our energies are good, then we can go and we can win six or seven games, but we do not look at the Giants Friday match."
Kyle Abbott's heat-saver and Powerade man from the Wednesday match spent a season with Warriors in Port Elizabeth, so I understand the conditions. He thinks there should be no surprises for the team when they reach the Friendly City.
"To be honest, I do not think St. George has changed a lot over the years," Abbott said. "We are probably expecting something low and slow.
"Generally, it's a bit slow and there's a big boundary, but everything will come to the team that adapts to faster conditions."
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Durban Heat Fixtures:
23 Nov 19:00 Nelson Mandela Giants v Durban Heat St George's Port Elizabeth
November 28th 19:00 Durban Heat v Paarl Rocks Kingsmead, Durban
November 30th 19:00 Stars Jozi in Durban Heat Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
02 Dec 11:00 Paarl Rocks in Durban Heat Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl
05 Dec 19:00 Durban Heat in Nelson Mandela Giants Kingsmead, Durban
07 Dec 14:00 Durban Heat in Jozi Stars Kingsmead, Durban
09 Dec 15:30 Cape Town Blitz in Durban Heat PPC Newlands, Cape Town
12 Dec 19:00 Tshwane Spartans at Durban Heat SuperSport Park, Centurion
Durban heat team:
Hashim Amla, Rashid Khan, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Abbott, Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo, Albie Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Vernon Philander, Brandon Mavuta, Temba Bavuma, Morne van Wyk, Okuhle Cele, Sarel Erwee, Tladi Bokako.