Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Paarl Rocks lock horns in dead rubber!
Expect Paarl Rocks to secure second spot in the MSL.
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Host Paarl Rocks will be looking to continue their good form when they take on League Leaders in the 28th match of Mzansi Super League at Boland Park on Sunday. Both the teams have qualified for the playoffs of the competition. Paarl Rocks will either face Tshwane Spartans or Durban Heat in the eliminator game to be played on Friday. Paarl Rocks will be looking to get back to winning ways in order to gain necessary for the knockout stages of the competition.
Captain Faf du Plessis can bring their A-game to the table against a formidable side like Nelson Mandela Bay Giants.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have already qualified for the finals of the competition. The side has played excellent cricket so far in this year’s competition. The franchise has secured top spot in the league table with 27 points to their name in 9 games played so far in the competition. Captain JJ Smuts will be hoping that the side can keep their focus and intensity intact in this dead rubber.
Faf du Plessis and co. will be looking to put in a clinical performance in their final round-robin game against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. In the previous encounters, poor fielding cost the game for Paarl Rocks. The side will need to make amends for their mistakes against Durban Heat.
Paarl Rocks managed to post a competitive score of 195 runs on the board against Durban Heat, courtesy splendid performances from Cameron Delport and Faf du Plessis. Opening batsman Cameron Delport delivered a blistering inning for the side against Durban Heat. He added crucial partnerships with Henry Davids and Faf du Plessis to see the side get off to a flying start. Left-hander continued to be positive in his innings and scored 84 runs off 49 balls with the help of ten fours and three sixes.
Faf du Plessis played a supporting role to Delport and chipped in with 66 not off 36 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes. Middle-order James Vince has been a consistent performer for the side in this year’s competition. He is currently franchise’s leading run-scorer with 217 runs at an average of 43.40. Against Durban Heat, Vince scored unbeaten 25 runs to help the side post a competitive score on the board.
The bowlers will certainly need to show more discipline and hit the right areas after failed to defend a big score on the board against Durban Heat. The spin duo of Bjorn Fortuin and Tabraiz Shamsi conceded more than nine runs an over.
Faf du Plessis (captain), Hardus Viljoen, Isuru Udana, Henry Davids, James Vince, Cameron Delport, Sibonelo Makhanya, Tabraiz Shamsi, Bjorn Fortuin, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Kerwin Mungroo/Dwaine Pretorius.
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Sibonelo Makhanya, Faf du Plessis, Henry Davids, Kyle Verreynne, Tabraiz Shamsi, Ferisco Adams, Cameron Delport, James Vince, Isuru Udana, Bjorn Fortuin, Kerwin Mungroo
League leaders Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will be looking to continue their winning momentum in this dead rubber. The side might look to make changes in order to give opportunities to young players to showcase their talent against Paarl Rocks. Wicket-keeper batsman Ben Dunk and Matthew Breetzke got the side off to perfect start against Cape Town Blitz.
The opening duo put on a mammoth 136-run partnership to see the side dominate the proceedings. Ben Dunk has certainly raised his game with the bat in the last couple of matches. Against Cape Town Blitz, Dunk once again finished the top-scorer for the side with 75 runs off 56 balls with the help of six fours and four sixes. He is currently franchise’s leading run-scorer this season with 353 runs at an average of 58.53. Dunk was well supported by Matthew Breetzke, who found a form with the bat against Cape Town Blitz. He notched up his first half-century for the side in this year’s competition. Breetzke scored 64 runs off 40 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants lost all the momentum in the later stage of the innings due to excellent death bowling by Wahab Riaz. Captain JJ Smuts, Heino Kuhn and Marco Marais all perished in quick succession to see the side post 173 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
In the bowling department, veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir lead from the front against Cape Town Blitz and finished with figures of 2 for 22 in his four overs. Nandre Burger and Chris Morris also kept the batsmen in check and claimed one wicket each.
JJ Smuts (captain), Ben Dunk (wk), Chris Morris, Beuran Hendricks, Ryan ten Doeschate, Heino Kuhn, Imran Tahir, Akhona Mnyaka, Matthew Breetzke, Marco Marais, Nandre Burger
Ben Dunk, Heino Kuhn, Akhona Mnyaka, Nandre Burger, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, Matthew Breetzke, RN ten Doeschate, JJ Smuts, Imran Tahir
The surface prepared at Boland Park is expected to be excellent for the batsmen. The bowlers will need to work out their game plans as they will little assistance from this pitch. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Sunday to remain bright and sunny throughout the day.
Paarl Rocks has won only two matches out of four played at Boland Park this season. The home side will take heart from the fact they managed to beat Nelson Mandela Bay Giants at Port Elizabeth.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposing team to a modest score. The last three matches played at Boland Park have been won by sides batting second.
Paarl Rocks will be favorites to win their final round-robin game against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants.
Faf du Plessis will be hoping that the side can deliver the goods in this home fixture. However, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants might bring in new players for this dead rubber.
Expect Paarl Rocks to secure second spot in the MSL.