The 26th match of the Mzansi Super League 2019 will be played between Cape Town Blitz and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants at the Newlands in Cape Town.
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 table-toppers Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will be in action on Friday at the Newlands where they will be facing the Cape Town Blitz in a crucial fixture. The Bay Giants will more or less confirm a direct place in the final if they manage to win this game. They are currently tied on 23 points with Paarl Rocks but have an NRR higher by only 0.027. However, the Giants played only eight matches while the Paarl team featured in nine already. On the other hand, the Cape Town team is currently placed at No.5 but could well move to No.3 if they can get better of the Bay Giants in this home fixture.
The weather at the Newlands could be slightly cloudy on Friday night but no rain is forecasted during the match timings.
The Newlands in Cape Town has recorded 155+ totals in all four matches in this tournament. Durban Heat chased down 182 while totals of 157 and 163 were defended successfully by narrow margins. Going by this trend, we could be in for a 170+ total by the team batting first. Both the teams have in form bowlers in their line-up and that could help them in defending the totals.
Average first innings total: 171 (MSL 2019)
Record of chasing team: Won – 1, Lost – 3
Injury and Availability:
(Will be updated when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Cape Town Blitz:
Quinton de Kock (C & WK), Janneman Malan, David Bedingham, Liam Livingstone, Mohammad Nawaz, Vernon Philander, Wahab Riaz, Aviwe Mgijima, Sisanda Magala, Dale Steyn, Anrich Nortje.
Bench – Asif Ali, George Linde, Marques Ackerman, Gregory Mahlokwana, Khwezi Gumede.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants:
Matthew Breetzke, Ben Dunk (WK), JJ Smuts (C), Heino Kuhn, Ryan ten Doeschate, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Akhona Mnyaka, Imran Tahir.
Bench – Jason Roy, Grant Thomson, Dyllan Matthews, Nandre Burger, Onke Nyaku.
Dale Steyn has been brilliant in this tournament as he picked up 15 wickets from 8 games at a strike rate of 12.8 thus far. Janneman Malan is amongst the top run-getters of the tournament having scored 298 runs at an average of 42.57. Junior Dala has conceded runs at an economy of 10.59 but that has not stopped him from picking wickets. The pacer claimed 12 wickets from 8 matches at a strike rate of 13.5. Ben Dunk has aggregated 178 runs across last three games including an unbeaten 99 in the previous fixture.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Quinton de Kock, Janneman Malan, Ben Dunk, JJ Smuts
Vice-Captain Options: Liam Livingstone, Wahab Riaz, Heino Kuhn, Chris Morris
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Quinton de Kock
Batsmen – Ben Dunk (C), JJ Smuts, Janneman Malan (VC), Marco Marais
All-Rounders – Liam Livingstone, Chris Morris
Bowlers – Wahab Riaz, Junior Dala, Imran Tahir, Dale Steyn
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Quinton de Kock (C)
Batsmen – Ben Dunk, JJ Smuts (VC), Janneman Malan, Ryan ten Doeschate
All-Rounders – Liam Livingstone, Chris Morris
Bowlers – Wahab Riaz, Beuran Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, Imran Tahir
Our both suggested playing XIs have been made considering the fact that Jason Roy is unavailable for this game. The whole combination of the team could change for picking him when he is named in the XI. His cost of 10 credits is one of the reasons for such a makeover.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants are expected to edge past the Cape Town Blitz in this match.
*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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