Without debate, the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and the Paarl Rocks have been the two most attractive sides in the tournament. They found a squad balance very early in the tournament and courtesy their top players being in good form, they rode past the others and sit on top of the points table with relative comfort.
They could not have asked for a better script than this, with the two most prolific sides playing the final group game to battle for a direct spot in the final. All the Bay Giants have to do here is to avoid a defeat whilst a win with a slightly better margin for Paarl could do the job for them.
It is a virtual knockout game and both sides will be going all out on each other. Skipper Faf du Plessis will not find it easy to motivate his troops against the in-form unit despite being on home territory, but they can definitely draw some confidence from their recent results.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The chasing sides on this track have found it relatively comfortable to bat second no matter what the target has been. The dew factor has played a significant role here and perhaps will be a great advantage for the side batting second.
Probable Playing XIs
The Rocks lost their previous encounter on the same ground, failing to defend 195 runs. The batting order might not change a lot, with Davids and Delport opening and Du Plessis coming in at number 3. The likes of James Vince, Verreynne and Makhanya have a huge task on their hands to provide a big finish. The new ball bowlers Mungroo and Fortuin couldn’t provide early breakthroughs and even Viljoen was taken for a lot of runs. Isuru Udana’s performance could be crucial for the side.
Probable XI: Cameron Delport, Henry Davids, James Vince, Faf du Plessis (c), Kyle Verreynne (wk), Sibonelo Makhanya, Isuru Udana, Hardus Viljoen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Bjorn Fortuin, Kerwin Mungroo
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Dunk and Matthew Breetzke have had a stellar outing in the tournament opening together. Heino Kuhn and skipper JJ Smuts need to pull up their socks and ensure their middle order doesn’t collapse the way it did in the previous game. With three experienced campaigners in Beuran Hendricks, Chris Morris and Imran Tahir, the Giants are in safe hands with the ball. Smuts has chipped in with some crucial wickets as well.
Probable XI: Heino Kuhn, Matthew Breetzke, Ben Dunk (WK), JJ Smuts (C), Marco Marais, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Chris Morris, Nandre Burger, Akhona Mnyaka, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks.
Predicted top performers
Paarl Rocks – Faf du Plessis | Nelson Mandela Bay Giants – Imran Tahir
TV – Sony Six, Sony Six HD
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Match Timings – 13:30 IST, and 9:00 local time
The prediction is for the Giants to win the match
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