Durban – The Durban Heat will have one final opportunity at Kingsmead to put in a complete T20 performance when they take on the Jozi
Stars in the Mzansi Super League on Friday afternoon.
By the Heat’s squad standards it has been a disappointing tournament to date
and with their clash with the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants rained out on
Wednesday, they would like to give their home fans a strong performance in
their last home match of the campaign.
With one more home game to go, Durban Heat batsman David Miller is confident
that his side can put together a strong showing for the faithful supporters
that have been with the team throughout the campaign.
“Look we have been a long way off the mark the whole competition,” said Miller.
“We haven’t fired in a lot areas and we can’t really find an explanation for
“It is definitely not through a lack of effort or lack of preparation or not
putting in the yards at practice. We have all been pulling our weight but it’s
been hugely disappointing so far for us,” said the Proteas batsman.
“We want to play with a lot of pride over the next three games and finish with
four wins out of our ten matches in the competition.”
With an outside chance of getting into the play-off the Heat will have to win
their next three games handsomely to keep their semi-final hopes alive and for
Miller focusing on the job at hand is going to be the main objective.
“We just need to win our next three games,” he added.
“Whatever that does to the table isn’t anything that we are concerned about and
we are just hoping for a full forty overs this Friday.”
The Stars beat the Heat in their first clash at the Wanderers with Reeza
Hendricks scoring a hundred in that encounter. Coming to the coast could prove
to be a different story for the Highveld side who boast stars like Chris Gayle
and Kagiso Rabada.
“They seem to be a side that is starting to peak at the right time which is a
good sign for them but we are going to regroup and focus hard on Friday’s
match,” said Miller.
“All the teams are strong in this competition and we just want to try and play
the best cricket we can on Friday and in our next two games.”
The Heat will be encouraged by how spinner and international marquee player
Rashid Khan performed in his first outing in Durban Heat colours. The
Afghanistan sensation bowled three overs, taking one wicket for 19 runs.
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