Cape Town Blitz have been clinical and attacking: Viv Richards
Viv Richards. (Getty Image)

With four wins from five matches, Cape Town Blitz have quite easily been the most impressive side in the Mzansi Super League 2018. With 17 points at a strong net run-rate of +1.235, Blitz are at the top of the table and registered their fourth straight win when they beat Jozi Stars by 62 runs, before Paarl Rocks handed them their opening defeat. Despite the little stumble, Viv Richards, the former West Indies captain, has praised the Blitz for being clinical in their approach so far.

“Impressive – that’s what I would like to name Cape Town Blitz’s outings in the MSL so far. They have been clinical, attacking & on-point with their strategies. Blitz extended their winning run in the league to four after a dominating 62-run victory over the Jozi Stars. It never looked, like the same it has been in all three games, that the opponents ever raised a threat to them,” Richards wrote in his column for Times of India.

The architect of the 62-run win over Stars was South Africa wicketkeeper batsmen Quinton de Kock, while Janneman Malan, brother of England international David Malan, too has contributed with a couple of half-centuries scoring Giants and 66 against the Stars. Besides, Blitz also reaped rewards for a disciplined bowling performance, led by fast bowler Dale Steyn.

“After a rather disappointing debut in the league, de Kock joined the party with his 76 off just 36 deliveries with his half-century coming in double quick time,” wrote Richards. “Janneman Malan, who took off from where he had left it in the previous match, also scored a quick-fire half century. The young man is turning out to be quite an impact maker and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him soon in the South African national side as well. The way Blitz’s batting line-up has been racking up runs in this tournament, the opponents will need a slightly different than normal plan on how to bowl to them.

“The bowlers, led by Dale Steyn also impressed after their timely wickets were enough to push the hosts Jozi Stars on their back foot. They lost two quick wickets for very few on the board in just an over and two balls, and it was definitely hard for them to come back from there.”