Can Jozi Stars end their losing streak?
Paarl Rocks will win the match!
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MSL2019 has been a closely contested this season and the points table reflects the same with the top three teams on equal points and are separated by only the NRR currently. But, the defending champions Jozi Stars are having their worst time ever with 6 losses in as many matches. They are out of contention for the next round even before getting a point on the points table.
Paarl Rocks are one among the top three teams but are in the third position on NRR. They will look to topple the dispirited Jozi Stars in this match and strengthen their position in the table. Jozi Stars will be playing without the pressure of qualification and will be looking to have some fun in the remaining matches.
Jozi Stars are going through a low with losses in all the matches and Chris Gayle has left the team on a bizarre fashion distraught and feeling disrespected. Temba Bavuma and Reeza Hendricks are their leading run-scorers this season and have put up some good knocks. Rassie Van Der Dussen and Daniel Christian have not made enough runs and are struggling with the bat. Their batting unit looks fragile with no support from the middle-order so far.
Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier are looking a pale shadow of themselves with just 5 wickets each giving away runs at over 8.5 & 10 RPO respectively. Aaron Phangiso has bowled well economically giving runs at just 7 RPO but needs to take more wickets consistently.
Reeza Hendricks – Reeza Hendricks has made 201 runs so far at a strike rate of over 130 with 2 fifties this season. He has been short of runs in the last 4 matches with a top score of 40 after two fifties in the first two matches.
Kagiso Rabada – Rabada will look to regain his form and fitness in the remaining matches as they don’t have a chance to qualify for the next stage. He looked good in the last two matches.
Shoaib Malik, Daniel Christian, Aaron Phangiso, Temba Bavuma (c), Reeza Hendricks, Simon Harmer, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier, Dane Paterson, Sinethemba Qeshile (wk)
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Ryan Rickelton, Lizaad Williams, Kagiso Rabada, Rassie van der Dussen, Aaron Phangiso, Reeza Hendricks, Sinethemba Qeshile, Duanne Olivier, Temba Bavuma, DT Christian, Shoaib Malik
Paarl Rocks' 3-match winning spree came to a halt after losing their last match against Tshwane Spartans. Their batting unit`s inability to convert starts into big scores came to the fore last night as they succumbed to just 126 runs. Faf Du Plessis, Cameron Delport, and Henry Davids are getting starts but are failing to make it count. James Vince is the only batsmen to score 50+ runs in their team.
Their bowling unit has been their strength so far with good performances from all the bowlers. Spinners Bjorn Fortuin and Tabraiz Shamsi are the chief wicket-takers with 9 & 8 wickets so far. Isuru Udana and Hardus Viljoen are also taking wickets regularly but need to stem the flow of runs. Ferisco Adams and Dwaine Pretorius will combine together to help their bowling unit as their fifth bowler.
Cameron Delport – Delport scored a 12-ball 25 & 12-ball 18 in the last two matches but he needs to convert it to 50s & 60s at the top. He is striking the ball at a strike rate of 150+ but has a total of just 91 runs.
Bjorn Fortuin – Fortuin has been their go-to bowler this season with 8 wickets at an economy of just 5.8 RPO bowling in the powerplay. He will be a vital cog for the team moving front in this tournament.
Isuru Udana, Henry Davids, Faf du Plessis (c), Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Hardus Viljoen, Cameron Delport, Sibonelo Makhanya, Tabraiz Shamsi, Ferisco Adams, Bjorn Fortuin
Sibonelo Makhanya, Faf du Plessis, Henry Davids, Kyle Verreynne, Tabraiz Shamsi, James Vince, Isuru Udana, Hardus Viljoen, Bjorn Fortuin, Kerwin Mungroo, Cameron Delport
The weather looks bright and sunny and we can expect a full match between these two teams.
Johannesburg is a good batting track and we can expect a high scoring match on the cards. The average score in this match would be around 175 runs.
Teams will be unsure of the target on this pitch as this ground is good for batting in both innings. Both captains will look to chase down the target.
Paarl Rocks are on a good form and momentum while Jozi Stars are down on confidence and will look to put their first win this season. Paarl Rocks have a better bowling unit but they will need to improve their batting performances to put on a good show.
Paarl Rocks will win the match!