The 28th Match of Mzansi Super League 2019 will be played between the Paarl Rocks and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants at Boland Park in Paarl.
The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (1:30 PM IST) (8:00 AM GMT). It can be watched live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV and FanCode in India.
With only a handful of games left in the Mzansi Super League 2019, both Paarl Rocks and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants would look to seal their place in the knockouts on Sunday. Both teams square off against one another in what promises to be a blockbuster clash at the Boland Park.
Both teams have impressed this season with the likes of Tabraiz Shamsi and Ben Dunk impressing for either side. The last time these two sides faced each other, Paarl Rocks came out victorious, courtesy of Ferisco Adams’ all-round performance. With this being a different ball game altogether, either side will eye a win to smoothen their route to the knockouts at the Boland Park.
The weather is clear for this game with the temperature hovering around 30 degrees Celsius. Although a few clouds are set to make an appearance, there isn’t any chance of rainfall. A breeze blowing in from one end and humidity of 28% is also expected at the start of the match, according to AccuWeather.
The track at this venue is expected to favour the batsmen with the average first innings score being 170. Although batsmen will be key in the game, bowlers should get some help with pace and bounce on offer. Chasing will be the preferred option upon winning the toss considering the record at Boland Park this season.
Average first innings score: 170 ( Four MSL 2019 game played here )
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 1
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be updated)
Probable Playing XIs
Henry Davids, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis (C), James Vince, Sibonelo Makhanya, Kyle Verreynne (WK), Isuru Udana, Hardus Viljoen, Bjorn Fortuin, Keshav Maharaj and Kerwin Mungroo.
Bench: Ferisco Adams, Mangaliso Mosehle, Dwaine Pretorius, Thando Ntini
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants:
Jason Roy/Matthew Breetzke, Ben Dunk (WK), JJ Smuts (C), Heino Kuhn, Ryan ten Doeschate, Marco Marias, Chris Morris, Junior Dala, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir and Akhona Mnyaka
Bench: Nandre Burger, Matthew Breetzke/ Jason Roy, Onke Nyaku
Faf du Plessis sprung into form in the previous game with a stunning fifty against Durban Heat. Given his ability to score big runs, he should add more runs to his tally of 194 runs on Sunday. Tabraiz Shamsi has been one of the standout bowlers in MSL this year. He has troubled opposition batsmen with his turn with the former RCB bowler accounting for 12 wickets this season.
On the other hand, JJ Smuts has tailed off a bit for the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants after a bright start. Apart from a fifty against Cape Town Blitz earlier in the season, Smuts doesn’t have much to show for. He will be itching to add some runs to his tally of 212 runs with his bowling prowess also coming in handy.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – JJ Smuts, Faf du Plessis, Isuru Udana
Vice-Captain – Heino Kuhn, Tabraiz Shamsi, Henry Davids
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Heino Kuhn (VC)
Batsmen – Ben Dunk, Faf du Plessis (C), James Vince, JJ Smuts
All-Rounders – Chris Morris, Isuru Udana
Bowlers – Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi, Bjorn Fortuin and Beuran Hendricks
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Heino Kuhn
Batsmen – James Vince, Ben Dunk, Henry Davids (VC), JJ Smuts (C)
All-Rounders – Chris Morris, Isuru Udana
Bowlers – Imran Tahir, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi and Hardus Viljoen
Top-order batsmen should prove to be dependable options for this game considering the nature of the pitch. The likes of JJ Smuts and Henry Davids, who are proven performers in the T20 format, are more than capable of scoring big runs.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants are the favourites to win 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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