JSKS vs SEC Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Feb 05, 2023
The Sunrisers Eastern Cape will be looking to secure their place in the playoffs as they face the Joburg Super Kings for their final group-stage match in the inaugural season of the SA20 League.
Both teams saw their respective previous matches get washed out due to rain, throwing the qualification calculations a bit haywire. However, that should only make things more enjoyable for cricket fans.
JSKS vs SEC Team Previews
Joburg Super Kings
After a sedate start to the season, the Joburg Super Kings have finally managed to get some winning momentum going as they won their last 2 completed games. As a result, they have managed to climb up to 4th place, leading the Durban Super Giants. The Super Kings do have an extra game in hand, which will be a bonus in this race to the knockout stage.
The Super Kings’ batting has revolved around captain Faf du Plessis, who has been in good form this season. Du Plessis has scored a century and a half-century so far and is the leading scorer for the Super Kings with 277 runs.
Leus du Plooy has provided him with good support in the middle order, but the form of Reeza Hendricks and Donavon Ferreira remains a cause for concern. The team has brought in Matthew Wade to strengthen the batting line-up for the remainder of the season.
The bowling too has been pretty average so far. After the departure of Aaron Phangiso, Maheesh Theekshana is the only spinner on the side who can trouble the opposition batsmen. Gerald Coetzee however has been excellent, picking up 12 wickets in 6 matches. The Super Kings no doubt have quite a few talented players in the squad, but they will have to step up to get the team to the next stage without any hiccups.
Joburg Super Kings Playing 11
Faf du Plessis, Reeza Hendricks, Leus du Plooy, Sibonelo Makhanya, Matthew Wade, Donovan Ferreira, Romario Shepherd, Gerald Coetzee, Kyle Simmonds, Nandre Burger, Maheesh Theekshana.
Sunrisers Eastern Cape
After losing consecutive matches at the start of the season, the Sunrisers have shifted gear and have won 4 of their previous 6 completed matches and are now 2nd on the points table, with an equal number of points as the Paarl Royals. With this being the Sunrisers’ last group-stage match, they will have to win this one to improve their chances to make it to the playoffs.
Batting has been one of the biggest strengths for the Sunrisers this season, as much of their top and middle order have been in good form. Jordan Hermann and Adam Rossington have given the team a couple of good starts, while Tristan Stubbs has added valuable runs toward the end of the innings.
The team has also signed up in-form batsman Temba Bavuma for the remainder of the season and that will only enhance the team’s batting capabilities. JJ Smuts, Marco Jansen, and Aiden Markram have showcased their all-round abilities. Roelof van der Merwe is the best bowler in the squad with 14 wickets in his kitty, while Sisanda Magala has done a decent job with the new ball.
The Sunrisers have a well-balanced side with plenty of good performers in their side and they have a good chance of making it to the finals.
Sunrisers Eastern Cape Playing 11
Adam Rossington, Temba Bavuma, Jordan Hermann, Aiden Markram, JJ Smuts, Tristan Stubbs, Marco Jansen, Sisanda Magala, RE Van Der Merwe, Brydon Carse, James Fuller.
JSKS vs SEC Toss Prediction
The team winning the toss will likely opt to bowl first here.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg has an excellent batting track and has hosted quite a few high-scoring encounters this season. However, it has been raining here for the past few days, and we might see some uneven bounce and a slow outfield.
The quicker bowlers will be rewarded if they stick to a good line and length. The average first-inning score here is around 170. The weather is expected to be overcast with scattered showers. The temperature will remain around 22-23 degrees Celsius.
JSKS vs SEC Betting Tips
As we have reached the business end of the group stages, this is a must-win encounter for both sides to remain in the race for the next stage. However, we feel that the Sunrisers hold a slight edge here due to a stronger batting line-up.
While they were defeated by the Super Kings earlier this season, the Sunrisers have only improved since then and will be raring to exact revenge on the Super Kings’ home turf.
Bet on the Sunrisers Eastern Cape to win.<br />
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Gerald Coetzee has by far been the best seamer in the Super Kings squad this season. In 6 matches, he has picked up 11 wickets including a 4-wicket haul in the previous encounter. With the pitch at Johannesburg offering assistance to the quicker bowlers, we feel that Coetzee is well-placed to exploit the conditions and emerge as the top bowler for the Super Kings.