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PER­HAPS the strong­est squad on pa­per, the men from Dur­ban will fancy their chances. How­ever, they will be hit hard by un­avail­abil­ity in the early weeks of the tour­na­ment. Su­per­star Rashid Khan has other com­mit­ments un­til De­cem­ber. That will leave the bowl­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to Kyle Ab­bott. With the bat, there is plenty of power on the Heat card, but look no fur­ther than Hashim Amla. If he finds his old Kingsmead touch, the Heat may catch alight. As for the young player, Bran­don Mavuta of Zim­babwe could get a lot of game time while Khan is away. JOZI STARS

THE men from the Bull­ring are full of en­ter­tain­ers. Packed with cur­rent and ex-lions play­ers, there will be much fa­mil­iar­ity around the park. There is no such thing as a dull game at the Bull­ring, and their top billing names em­pha­sise that. Chris Gayle may be long in the tooth, but still got plenty to give. With ball, Kag­iso Rabada is an ob­vi­ous draw­card, but watch out for the slow bowlers Ed­die Leie and Si­mon Harmer. Rookie Sinethemba Qeshile, a promis­ing keeper who’s hand with the bat. Dane Vi­las doesn’t mind be­ing in the field these days, so Qeshile is a use­ful as­set. PAARL ROCKS

PAARL’S money men made shrewd ac­qui­si­tions in the draft, and they pos­sess plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence. Un­der­es­ti­mate them at your peril, as they have a clutch of in­ter­na­tional T20 hired guns at their dis­posal. Their bats­man to look out for, how­ever, is some­one from closer to home. Vaughn van Jaarsveld has run into se­ri­ous form, and the free­dom of white-ball cricket may see him run riot. In a sim­i­lar vein,

Dane Pater­son is in the midst of a resur­gence with ball in hand. In the rookie de­part­ment, Ker­win Mun­groo can sur­prise with his turn of pace. CAPE TOWN BLITZ

THE men from Cape Town have been ham­pered by in­juries, but still have an em­bar­rass­ment of riches. Like the Co­bras, there are Malans all over the place, and they will be ex­pected to mine a rich haul of runs. How­ever, the bats­man to keep an eye on is skip­per Farhaan Be­har­dien, still one of SA’S most con­sis­tent fin­ish­ers. This slugfest may just be the kind of plat­form for him to serve up a timely re­minder of his skills. With the ball, An­rich Nortje has led the War­riors pace pack with men­ace. Un­til Dale Steyn ar­rives he will be the thun­der­bolt for the Blitz.

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