Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have been in a phenomenal run in the MSL 2019 and are sitting second in the points table. The JJ Smuts-led sie has amassed 19 points from seven games by winning four matches. They are one of the favourites to make it to the playoffs. In their previous encounter of the tournament, Giants failed to defend a competitive total of 173 runs against Durban Heat. The bowling force of Giants succumbed to the duo of Alex Hales and David Miller, who guided Heat to the target with seven balls remaining.
There isn’t much to separate the two sides as Spartans also have gathered 19 points in seven games by registering three victories. AB de Villiers and Pite van Biljon have delivered impressive performances lately. Lungi Ngidi, Morne Morkel and Tom Curran have also bolstered Spartans’ bowling force by their lethal spells.
In the previous three clashes between both these sides, the contest has been even. Giants and Spartans have registered one victory each with the third match being abandoned.
Pitch and Conditions
The weather is expected to be mostly sunny along with a considerable amount of humidity during the course of play.The temperature is going to hover around 20 degrees Celcius according to AccuWeather. The track has proved beneficial for the batsmen and hence, the team batting first will be looking forward to posting a massive total on the scoreboard. Both the teams are equipped with some explosive batsmen to do the job for them.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have a strong batting force with their skipper JJ Smuts leading from the front. Smuts will be assisted by Jason Roy, who will be eager to provide his side with a good start along with fellow opener Ben Dunk. The trio propelled Giants to an impressive start in their previous match against Durban Heat. The trio of Chris Morris, Junior Dala and Imran Tahir will steer Giants’ bowling force.
Predicted XI: Jason Roy, Ben Dunk, J J Smuts (C), Ben Dunk (WK), Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, Onke Nyaku, Junior Dala, Nandre Burger, Imran Tahir
AB de Villiers has delivered phenomenal performances for Spartans in the MSL 2019. The explosive batsman has scored 174 runs in five innings including two half-centuries. Morne Morkel, who has scalped nine wickets so far in the tournament is also expected to grab eyeballs. He will be assisted by Lungi Ngidi, who scalped two wickets in his previous match. Dean Elgar and Heinrich Klaasen also have the potential to turn the tables in their side’s favour.
Predicted XI: Theunis de Bruyn, Dean Elgar, Roelof van der Merwe, AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen (C & WK), Petrus van Biljon, Wiaan Mulder, Tom Curran, Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla
Probable Top Performers
JJ Smuts– Nelson Mandela Bay Giants | AB de Villiers – Tshwane Spartans
TV – Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD
Online– Sony Liv
Match Timings – 21:00 IST, and 17:30 local.
The prediction is for Tshwane Spartans to win the match.
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