Paarl Rocks, who are in phenomenal form lately, have clinched the top spot in the points table. The Faf du Plessis-led side have emerged as the top contenders to clinch the trophy this season. In their eight matches of the tournament, Rocks have amassed 23 points by registering five wins. In their previous match against Jozi Stars, Rocks chased down a competitive total of 172 runs, courtesy their strong batting line-up.
A crucial knock from Sibonelo Makhanya steered Rocks to the win with four balls remaining. He smashed 63 runs off 47 balls and remained unbeaten to ensure the win for Rocks. Cameron Delport also played a vital knock of 32 runs off 16 balls in the initial phase of the innings.
Durban Heat, on the other hand, are struggling at the bottom half of the table. Heat have amassed 17 points from their seven matches and are poised at the fifth spot in the points table. After emerging as an underperforming team of MSL 2019, Durban will be eager to consolidate in the latter phase of the tournament. Skipper Dane Vilas along with David Miller and Alex Hales will strengthen Heat’s batting line-up.
In the previous three matches between both these sides, Paarl Rocks have been triumphant twice while one game has been abandoned.
Pitch and Conditions
Not many matches have been played on this track. The team winning the toss is expected to bat first as massive scores have been registered in previous matches on this ground. The temperature will hover around 29 degrees Celcius according to AccuWeather and there are no chances of rain whatsoever. Ample sun is expected during the course of play.
Apart from the duo of Cameron Delport and Faf du Plessis, Rocks will be relying on Vince, Davids and Pretorius to bolster their batting attack. Hardus Viljoen, Ferisco Adams and Isuru Udana have also delivered vital performances for Rocks. Sibonelo Makhanya, who grabbed the headlines with his quick-fire 63 runs knock in his last match, will be hoping to replicate his performance.
Predicted XI: Henry Davids, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis (C), James Vince, Sibonelo Makhanya, Isuru Udana, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Hardus Viljoen, Bjorn Fortuin, Tabraiz Shamsi, Ferisco Adams
Durban Heat bounced back on the stage by registering a six-wicket victory against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in their previous match. Contributions from Alex Hales, Wihan Lubbe, David Miller and Dane Vilas steered Heat to the target of 174 runs with seven balls remaining. Dane Vilas and Co will be hoping to register another win to move up the points table.
Predicted XI: Wesley Marshall, Alex Hales, Wihan Lubbe, Dane Vilas (C & WK), David Miller, Ravi Bopara, Andile Phehlukwayo, Malusi Siboto, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Marco Jansen
Probable Top Performers
Cameron Delport –Paarl Rocks | David Miller – Durban Heat
TV – Sony Six, Sony Six HD
Online– Sony Liv
Match Timings – 21:00 IST, and 17:30 local time
The prediction is Paarl Rocks to win the match.
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