The 25th match of the Maznsi Super League 2019 will be played between Tshwane Spartans and Jozi Stars at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
The match starts at 5:30 PM local time (3:30 PM GMT) (9:00 PM IST).
The game can be viewed on Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD. Live streaming available on Sony Liv.
The defending champions Jozi Stars continue their search for the maiden win of the tournament having lost all the seven matches they played thus far. They are the only team without any realistic chance of qualifying to the playoffs among the six teams. They will be now up against Tshwane Spartans who have 19 points from eight matches. They are currently placed 3rd in the points table and need to win their remaining two matches to finish in the top three. Even one bonus point win across the last two games can be enough for the Spartans.
The weather at the SuperSport Park has been troublesome in MSL 2019 and the same is expected on Thursday night as well.
The SuperSport Park has produced totals around 160 in the Twenty20 format this year. In the current MSL season, the totals have been slightly lower due to the weather conditions. Four of the six completed T20s in 2019 have been won the chasing sides. In two other games, the batting first sides got away with narrow margins.
Average first innings total: 163 (Completed T20 matches in 2019)
Record of chasing team: Tied – 4, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability:
(Will be updated when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Wiaan Mulder, AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen (C & WK), Petrus van Biljon, Roelof van der Merwe, Tom Curran, Lungi Ngidi, Morne Morkel, Corbin Bosch.
Bench – Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Lutho Sipamla, Tony de Zorzi, Waqar Salamkheil, Donavon Ferreira.
Ryan Rickelton, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma (C), Rassie van der Dussen, Shoaib Malik, Daniel Christian, Sinethemba Qeshile (WK), Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier, Dane Paterson.
Bench – Simon Harmer, Lizaad Williams, Nono Pongolo, Eathan Bosch, Gerald Coetzee, Jacques Snyman, Delano Potgieter.
Morne Morkel has picked up 10 wickets from 6 innings during this tournament at an average of 11.8. Temba Bavuma crossed the 30-run mark in five out of six innings he batted in this tournament. He scored 27 runs where he got out before touching 30-run mark. Lungi Ngidi has 9 wickets across six innings at a strike rate of 13.3. AB de Villiers has scored three fifties and a 30+ score in last four innings in this tournament. Duanne Olivier has an economy rate of 10.41 but has picked up seven wickets in five games.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Reeza Hendricks, AB de Villiers, Temba Bavuma, Roelof van der Merwe
Vice-Captain Options: Wiaan Mulder, Morne Morkel, Daniel Christian, Kagiso Rabada
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Heinrich Klaasen
Batsmen – Reeza Hendricks (C), Temba Bavuma, AB de Villiers
All-Rounders – Wiaan Mulder (VC), Shoaib Malik, Daniel Christian, Roelof van der Merwe
Bowlers – Lungi Ngidi, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Ryan Rickelton
Batsmen – AB de Villiers (C), Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen
All-Rounders – Wiaan Mulder, Roelof van der Merwe
Bowlers – Tom Curran, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier
A lot of players in the bowlers’ category are present for this match. However, the likes of Lungi Ngidi, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada will be the best options to start with considering their form in the tournament and experience.
Tshwane Spartans are expected to win this fixture.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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