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SA20 | JSK vs SEC, Semi-final 2: Preview, Pitch Report, Probable XIs, and Prediction

image-ldvvlkd2Sunrisers Eastern Cape (Source: Twitter)

After the completion of the league phase in the ongoing SA20 League 2023, four teams are set to battle it out in the playoffs.

In semi-final 2, the Sunrisers Eastern Cape will be aiming to halt the Joburg Super Kings juggernaut when the two teams square off at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on February 9.

It is going to be an exciting contest with several star players including Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram, Maheesh Theekshana, and Marco Jansen among other players to play in the contest.

Riding high on confidence, the Faf du Plessis-led Joburg Super Kings finished the league phase as the No.2 side and will start as favourites on paper against the Sunrisers Eastern Cape led by Aiden Markram, the No.4 team after the league matches.

Both teams have played some excellent cricket throughout the tournament and are now just one step away from reaching the all-important final match of the tournament.

Joburg Super Kings have made a strong start to SA20 life, winning 6 of their 10 group matches to finish second after Pretoria Capitals in the points table. Faf du Plessis and Leus du Plooy have been in terrific form with the bat for JSK but Australian recruit Matthew Wade also showed just how dangerous he can be in the previous match against MI Cape Town.

Young Gerald Coetzee has emerged as the new leader of the bowling attack while Maheesh Theekshana has also found his feet in the tournament.

Sunrisers Eastern Cape won four games and finished in third place. They had an excellent middle part of the group stage, but their current form is not so good. Out of the last five matches, they have managed to win just one game. Interestingly, two of the Sunrisers' defeats in their previous four matches have come against the Super Kings. Aiden Markram has led the team from the front, but other batters have been disappointed big time. Their weak link is their batting and the batting group must step up in the all-important clash. In-form pacer Ottniel Baartman was rested for the final group stage match against the Super Kings and is expected to come back into the team in place of Brydon Carse for this semi-final.

Match Details

  • Date & Time: February 9, 9:00 PM IST
  • Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion
  • Live Telecast & Streaming: Sports18 and JioCinema

Pitch Report: The pitch at the SuperSport Park is generally a batting paradise but for this all-important clash, an equal contest between bat and ball is expected. The skipper winning the toss might want to bat second to assess the pitch and conditions better before batting.

Predicted Playing XI

Joburg Super Kings: Faf du Plessis (C), Reeza Hendricks, Leus du Plooy, Sibonele Makhanya, Matthew Wade (wk), Donovan Ferreira, Kyle Simmonds, Romario Shepherd, Gerald Coetzee, Lizaad Williams, Maheesh Theekshana

Sunrisers Eastern Cape: Adam Rossington, Temba Bavuma, Jordan Hermann, JJ Smuts, Aiden Markram (C), Tristan Stubbs, Marco Jansen, James Fuller, Ottniel Baartman, Roelof van der Merwe, Sisanda Magala


The match is expected to go down to the wire, but considering the current form of JSK, we back them to win the game and reach the final of the inaugural season of SA20.

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