Jozi Stars look to end their losing streak?
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will win the match!
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MSL 2019 started off with big dreams and opportunities for young players and South African cricket board hopes MSL will help to improve the talent pool in their domestic circuit. Defending Champions Jozi Stars did not have a memorable start to this season and have lost all their 3 matches so far. Jozi Stars failed to chase down the target in all the matches and succumbed to losses.
They need to win this match to get their campaign on track as earlier as possible. Bay Giants have fared better with a win over Jozi Stars and an abandoned match against Tshwane Spartans. They performed well in both their matches and will hope to continue their good form going ahead in the league stages.
Reeza Hendricks has been in good form with the bat scoring 2 half-centuries in three matches. Skipper Temba Bavuma and Rassie Van Der Dussen have played good knocks with the bat and are amongst runs consistently. Chris Gayle and Dan Christian have failed to make their presence with no good contributions to the team. They need to step up and score runs consistently with the bat. The inexperience of their bowling unit is showing up and they have given away almost 170+ runs in all three matches.
Kagiso Rabada and Simon Harmer have been amongst the wickets but are nowhere near their best performance. Dane Paterson, Lizaad Williams, and Duanne Olivier are taken for runs at high economy rates and are struggling with their line and lengths. Aaron Phangiso or Shoaib Malik may come back into playing XI in this match.
Reeza Hendricks – Hendricks led the steep chase of 214 runs with a blistering knock of 80 runs off just 53 balls. He smashed 11 boundaries and a six in that knock. He also made 62 in their match against Bay Giants this year.
Simon Harmer – Veteran Simon Harmer is their only bowler to take wickets in all the matches so far but he was taken for runs at 12 RPO in the last match. He needs to bowl better line and lengths to trouble the run-scoring of the batsmen.
Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik, Temba Bavuma (c), Reeza Hendricks, Simon Harmer, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada, Dane Paterson, Duanne Olivier, Aaron Phangiso, Ryan Rickelton (wk)
SR Harmer, Kagiso Rabada, Rassie van der Dussen, Aaron Phangiso, Gerald Coetzee, Reeza Hendricks, Sinethemba Qeshile, Duanne Olivier, Temba Bavuma, DT Christian, Chris Gayle
Giants started the tournament with a win over Jozi Stars by 24 runs. Heino Kuhn (47 runs) and Farhaan Behardien (48 runs) scored vital runs with the bat and shared a good 80+ partnership in the middle. Skipper JJ Smuts, Ben Dunk and Jason Roy will form a destructive batting line-up.
Chris Morris is in excellent rhythm with the ball taking 3 wickets in two matches giving away just 28 runs in 6 overs combined. Imran Tahir, Nandre Burger, and Junior Dala are making their mark in the bowling attack with impressive performances. They held opposition with scores of 143/5 (20 overs) & 33/4 (7.1 overs) in the two matches they played. They have a good all-round team with good bowling and batting performers.
Farhaan Behardien – Former SA skipper is vastly experienced and he can play shots all around the park with ease. He scored 48 runs off just 34 balls with 2 boundaries and 2 sixes in the first match.
Chris Morris – Chris Morris is the MVP of the team so far with 3 wickets at an economy of less than 5 RPO. He also plays the finisher`s role with the bat for the team. He scored a quickfire 11-ball 20 in the first match when he batted.
Heino Kuhn, Jason Roy, Imran Tahir, JJ Smuts (c), Ben Dunk (wk), Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Junior Dala, Matthew Breetzke, Nandre Burger, Onke Nyaku
Ben Dunk, Junior Dala, Onke Nyaku, Heino Kuhn, Jason Roy, Nandre Burger, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, GM Thomson, JJ Smuts, Imran Tahir
The weather is expected to sunny and bright with little cloud cover. We have just 20% chances of rain on match day as per the forecast.
Johannesburg is one of the high scoring grounds in the South Africa and it`s smaller dimensions will make the ball sail over the ropes easily. Last match both teams scored nearly 200 runs here.
Jozi Stars lost all three matches chasing the target and they will look to end the trend in this match by batting first while the opponents to look to inflict more pain my making them chase again.
Bay Giants have a good all-round team when compared to Jozi Stars this time. Jozi Stars lack the experience and firepower in their bowling attack. Bay giants will look to capitalize on it and continue their good form in this season. We predict Bay Giants to win this match!
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will win the match!