Hashim Amla will be playing for the Durban Heat in the Mzanzi T20 League. Photo: Bongani Mbatha/African News Agency (ANA)

DURBAN Following Friday's opening game of the Mzansi Super League (MSL) T20, the Durban Heat's preparations are complete as they take on the Cape Town Blitz in their tournament opener on Sunday at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium.

The Capetonians beat the Tshwane Spartans in the first game of the tournament and will come to Durban with some confidence.

The Heat will be relying on the experience of Albie Morkel and Hashim Amla to guide them through their first match of the MSL.

With a strong squad to select from, despite not having SA stars David Miller or Heinrich Klaasen, Afghanistan wizard Rashid Khan or Zimbabwe's Brendon Mavuta, Heat coach Grant Morgan hasn't quite settled on a final eleven.

"We'll have another look at the deck on Saturday, before we make the final call on our team," Morgan said.

"There will be a good balance between pace and spin in our final eleven - we have a good squad to pick from."

The team have had a solid build-up since meeting last week Sunday; Morgan believes that the preparation couldn't have been better.

"We've tapered off a bit after a good week of training. We've trained well and had two strong warm up games where players got a good hit and bowl.

"We are really happy with the vibe and the togetherness of the team."

The game is going to be starting at 11am which is earlier than a traditional Sunday start. Morgan and his team don't see any issues with the change in time.

"The start time is something that is a little bit different but not too strange.

"It will be quite warm, but the boys are mainly focused on just getting the tournament started,” Morgan commented. 

African News Agency (ANA)

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