Under-pressure Jozi Stars face uphill battle against Tshwane Spartans!
Expect Tshwane Spartans to beat Jozi Stars!
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Host Tshwane Spartans will be looking to continue their good form when they take on Jozi Stars in the 16th game of Mzansi Super League at The Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday.
Tshwane Spartans were certainly dominating the proceedings against Durban Heat before heavy rains ended the contest in a no result. Captain Heinrich Klaasen will be hoping that the side can maintain their standards with bat and ball in this contest.
On the other hand, Jozi Stars will be desperate to break their winless streak in this year’s tournament. Captain Temba Bavuma will be hoping that the side can raise their game with the bat and ball in this home fixture.
Reigning Champions have suffered five consecutive defeats in a row this season. Temba Bavuma will be hoping the side can turn their fortunes when they take on Tshwane Spartans in this fixture.
In the batting department, the side has looked heavily reliant on the likes of Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen to do the bulk of the scoring. Opening batsman Reeza Hendricks has been a standout performer for the side so far this season and accumulated 201 runs at a strike rate of 121.81. In the previous game, Hendricks scored 40 runs to get the side off to a decent start. In the last match, Ryan Rickelton also chipped in with a much-needed score for the side. He will be looking to continue his decent form in this contest.
Middle-order comprising of Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, and Daniel Christian will be keen to make notable contributions for the side in this home fixture. In the previous game, Rassie van der Dussen scored 30 not off 29 balls, whereas Daniel Christian scored 23 not out off 19 balls.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier and Aaron Phangiso to make crucial breakthroughs. Against DH, Duanne Olivier claimed three wickets, whereas Kagiso Rabada picked up two wickets in his three overs.
Temba Bavuma (c), Chris Gayle, Daniel Christian, Aaron Phangiso, Reeza Hendricks, Simon Harmer, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier, Ryan Rickelton, Sinethemba Qeshile (wk)
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The side is currently lying fourth in the league table with 10 points to their name. Tshwane Spartans will be focused to make sure that they can deliver the goods in this contest.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on their in-form players like Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, and Heinrich Klaasen to do the bulk of the scoring. Surprisingly, Dean Elgar has topped the batting charts for Spartans so far this season with 145 runs at a strike rate of 147.95. In the previous fixture, Dean Elgar was the standout performer with the bat and scored 57 not out off 37 balls with the help of seven boundaries. He was well supported by Theunis De Bruyn, who scored 40 runs off 25 balls with the help of six fours.
Wicket-keeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen also chipped in with a crucial score in the previous game. He scored 23 runs off 16 balls with the help of three fours and one six. AB De Villiers will be looking to make a notable contribution to this contest. Former South African batsman has not done much with the bat in this year’s competition.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Morne Morkel, Tom Curran, and Lungi Ngidi to make early inroads with the new ball. In the previous game, pacer Lungi Ngidi put in an impressive performance with new-ball and finished with figures of 2 for 1 in his one over.
Heinrich Klaasen (c & wk), AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Tom Curran, Lungi Ngidi, Petrus van Biljon, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla
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The wicket will provide a good contest between bat and ball. The weather is expected to be fair for this game.
The Wanderers in Johannesburg is going to host the 16th game between Jozi Stars and Tshwane Spartans. Jozi Stars have the last two games played at this venue.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and make use of pitch conditions. The average score at this venue is 160 to 170 runs.
Tshwane Spartans will be confident of beating Jozi Stars in this contest.
Spartans have a better bowling attack in comparison to Stars, which has lacked consistency so far this season. Jozi Stars will need to bring their A-game to the table in order to break their losing streak in this home fixture.
Expect Tshwane Spartans to beat Jozi Stars!