Giants & Blitz face-off in a high voltage clash!
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will win the match!
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Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Cape Town Blitz have been racking up wins and are currently the top two teams in the points table.
Bay Giants defeated Jozi Stars twice and their match against Tshwane Spartans was canceled due to rain. The Giants have a strong bowling attack and they are making life difficult for the opposition as a unit. They will look to win this match and move to the top of the points table.
Cape Town Blitz has registered wins against Jozi Stars (twice) and Durban heat and lost their match against Paarl Rocks. Cape Town Blitz will look to win this game and continue their momentum going into the league. This encounter promises to be a high powered clash between the top of the best teams in the MSL.
For the NMBG, Jason Roy started the chase in blistering fashion scoring 31 runs off just 12 balls with 4 boundaries and 2 maximums helping Giants score 50 runs inside 4 overs. Ben Dunk scored an unbeaten fifty to take his team home in the chase and skipper JJ Smuts (23*) shared a 50+ partnership with him. Heino Kuhn and Chris Morris played good knocks with the bat in the other match.
Bowling has been their stronger suit for the NMBG and they bowled out Jozi Stars for 108 runs in the last match. Junior Dala and Imran Tahir took 3 wickets each. Nandre Burger, Chris Morris, and JJ Smuts chipped with wickets and bowled under an economy of below 6 RPO. They are not letting off the pressure build on the batsmen at any stage of the game.
Jason Roy – Roy unsettled the Stars bowling attack by smashing their premier fast bowler Rabada for 2 fours and a six in the first over. They never really recovered from there and the chase ended in just 9 overs.
Junior Dala – Junior Dala is bowling in good speed and rhythm this season. He sent the stumps flying for Chris Gayle and Kagiso Rabada and spearing toe-crushers. Junior Dala may become one of the future stars for the South African team.
Heino Kuhn, Jason Roy, Imran Tahir, JJ Smuts (c), Ben Dunk (wk), Chris Morris, Junior Dala, Grant Thomson, Marco Marais, Nandre Burger, Onke Nyaku
Nandre Burger, Junior Dala, Onke Nyaku, Heino Kuhn, Jason Roy, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, Imran Tahir, Matthew Breetzke, JJ Smuts, Ben Dunk
Cape Town Blitz batting unit scored over 170 runs in three of the four matches so far. Asif Ali and Marques Ackermann scored identical scores of 43 against the Durban heat to help their team. Liam Livingstone, Janneman Malan, and Quinton De Kock have contributed with the bat this season. Their batsmen are in good form and will look to continue making big scores in this match too.
Dale Steyn rolled back the years to bowl a superb spell of 2/23 in the last match and was awarded MoM for his performance. Anrich Nortje, Wahab Riaz, and Sisanda Magala have also bowled with good pace and intent to trouble the batsmen. Spinners George Linde and Gregory have fared better and are not making an impact like the pace bowling unit so far. The inexperience of the spin department might be an issue for the team going ahead.
Quinton De Kock – De Kock has scores of 35, 14, 41 & 17 in the four matches played so far and he has failed to convert his starts into big knocks. He is due for a big score and it might come in this match.
Wahab Riaz – Riaz has bowling figures of 1/13 (2 overs) and 1/24 (4 overs) in the two matches he played so far. He is turning out to be one of the strike bowlers of the team. His ability to bat aggressively down the order is a big bonus for the team.
Dale Steyn, Wahab Riaz, Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Asif Ali, Liam Livingstone, Sisanda Magala, George Linde, Anrich Nortje, Marques Ackerman, Gregory Mahlokwana, Janneman Malan
Marques Ackerman, Gregory Mahlokwana, Janneman Malan, SSB Magala, Anrich Nortje, DW Steyn, Quinton de Kock, Liam Livingstone, George Linde, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz
The weather looks cloudy and dark but has less chances of rain on the match day. The rain may not play a spoilsport in this match.
Port Elizabeth pitch is slightly inclined to the bowlers and batsmen may find it difficult to time as the ball might not come onto the bat. The average score in this pitch will be around 150 runs.
Teams batting first have won 5 matches whereas chasing teams have won just one match so far. Both teams will be aware of this record and will look to bat first.
Both Giants and Blitz have a good batting line-up, excellent pace attack and an inexperienced spin bowling group. But, Bay giants bowling looked threatening in every match and never allowed any easy runs. We predict Bay Giants to win this match and continue their momentum.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will win the match!