Durban Heat aim to keep their playoff hopes alive in MSL!
Expect Durban Heat to beat Nelson Mandela Bay Giants!
|Nelson Mandela Bay Giants||6||4||1||0||1||19||1.467|
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Hosts Durban Heat will be looking to continue their good form when they take on Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in the 20th match of Mzansi Super League at Kingsmead Cricket Ground in Durban on Saturday.
Durban Heat delivered a splendid batting performance to beat Cape Town Blitz at Newlands. Captain Dane Vilas will be hoping that the side can continue their good form with the bat in this fixture.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants is still at the second position in the league table despite losing their previous game to Paarl Rocks. Captain JJ Smuts will be hoping that the side can make a strong comeback in this contest.
In the previous meeting between the two teams, it was Nelson Mandela Bay Giants who completed a five-wicket win at Port Elizabeth.
The franchise managed to register a comfortable win over Cape Town Blitz in order to keep their playoff hopes in the competition. Dane Vilas and co. will be keen to deliver their best cricket in this home fixture.
In the previous, Durban Heat registered their first win of the season, courtesy splendid batting performances from Captain Dane Vilas, David Miller and Wihan Lubbe.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Dane Vilas, David Miller, and Wihan Lubbe to deliver the bulk of the runs. Captain Dane Vilas led from the front with the bat and smashed an unbeaten half-century to see Durban break their winless streak in the competition. Vilas was the standout performer with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 75 not out off 52 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes. He put on crucial partnerships with Wihan Lubbe and David Miller to see Durban complete the chase in the final over of the innings.
Rookie Wihan Lubbe also contributed with a decent score in the previous game and smashed 49 off 28 balls with the help of eight fours and one six. Experienced middle-order David Miller also chipped in with 26 off 27 balls with the help of one four and one six.
In the bowling department, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj and Kyle Abbott will need to provide wickets for the side in this game. The likes of Andile Phehlukwayo, Maharaj and Abbott bowled well in the previous game and did not allow Cape Town Blitz to post a mammoth score on the board.
Alex Hales, Wesley Marshall, Wihan Lubbe, Dane Vilas (c & wk), David Miller, Ravi Bopara, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Marco Jansen, Kyle Abbott, Malusi Siboto
Alex Hales, Wihan Lubbe, Wesley B Marshall, Marco Jansen, RS Bopara, MP Siboto, David Miller, Keshav Maharaj, KY Abbott, DJ Vilas, Andile Phehlukwayo
In the previous game, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants suffered defeat at the hands of Paarl Rocks. The franchise will be looking to bring their A-game to the table in this contest.
With 19 points to their name in 6 matches, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will be looking to reclaim top spot in the league table.
In the previous game, swashbuckling opener Jason Roy perished for a first-ball duck against Paarl Rocks. He will be looking to make a notable score for the side in this contest.
Captain JJ Smuts also could not produce big runs for the side in the previous game. He is currently the franchise’s leading-run scorer so far in this year’s competition. Smuts has accumulated 151 runs at an average of 37.75 with a strike rate of 138.53. He will be looking to deliver a decent score for the side in this game.
Wicket-keeper Ben Dunk produced valiant innings for the side in the previous game. He played well and finished the innings with the top-score of 45 off 38 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.
Heino Kuhn, Chris Morris, and Marco Marais have been given the responsibility to produce quick runs for the side at the back end of the innings.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, and Imran Tahir to make crucial breakthroughs. In the previous game, veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir was the standout for the side and finished with figures of 2 for 19 in his four overs.
JJ Smuts (captain), Ben Dunk (wk), Heino Kuhn, Chris Morris, Jason Roy, Matthew Breetzke, Marco Marais, Onke Nyaku, Junior Dala, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks
Junior Dala, Onke Nyaku, Heino Kuhn, Jason Roy, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, Imran Tahir, RN ten Doeschate, JJ Smuts, B Hendricks, Ben Dunk
Traditionally, the wicket prepared for the game will be good for batsmen. The quick bowlers will get a bounce and carry from the surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Saturday is going to be sunny intervals with a gentle breeze.
Kingsmead Cricket Ground in Durban will host the MSL game between Durban Heat and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. Durban Heat will face an uphill task as they have lost their two games against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants played at this venue.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put runs on the board. The average score at the venue is around 160 to 170 runs.
Host Durban Heat will be favorites to win this contest as they are playing in their home conditions. With the likes of Dane Vilas, Wihan Lubbe and David Miller delivering runs with the bat in the previous game, Durban will be keen to maintain their good form in this contest.
Expect Durban Heat to beat Nelson Mandela Bay Giants!