A Virtual knockout with different qualification scenarios!
Tshwane Spartans will win the match!
|Nelson Mandela Bay Giants||9||6||2||0||1||27||0.662|
|Cape Town Blitz||9||4||5||0||0||17||-0.077|
Cricket South Africa is going through a tough phase with their chief being suspended and their title sponsor withdrawn.
MSL2019 provides some distraction to the fans from these off-field hiatus and give some quality cricketing action to their public. Both Tshwane Spartans and Cape Town Blitz square off in their last league game with both teams having a chance to qualify for the knockouts.
Cape Town Blitz must win this match with a bonus point and hope Durban Heat loses in both their remaining matches so they can qualify for the knockouts.
Tshwane Spartans have a slightly better equation if they win this match and Durban Heat loses one out of their two matches they can qualify. Tshwane Spartans have an outside chance if they manage to lose this match by a small margin while Cape Town Blitz will be knocked out if they fail to get a win with a bonus point.
Tshwane Spartans are the most affected team due to rain with 4 off their matches ending as No-results. They have lost 2 out of their last three matches with one match being abandoned.
AB De Villiers is in sublime form with three fifties from the last 4 matches and will be a key player in their batting line-up this match. Petrus Viljoen and Wiaan Mulder too have notched fifties in the recent matches to build their innings. Skipper Heinrich Klassen and Tony De Zorzi have played some good little cameos of 30+ runs.
Their bowling unit failed to defend 188 runs in the last match after performing well in the earlier matches. Morne Morkel has been their best bowler this season with 10 wickets at an economy rate of just 6 RPO. Tom Curran and Lungi Ngidi have been amongst the wickets with 5 & 7 wickets respectively but an economy of higher than 8 RPO. Roelof Van Der Merwe has done the holding job in the middle overs effectively with his spin bowling and has been the lone spinner in the playing XI.
AB De Villiers – De Villiers has scores of 63, 31, 69* & 53 in the last four matches and is striking at a rate of over 160+. He is in great form and we can expect him to continue his good form in this match too.
Roelof Van Der Merwe – Van Der Merwe has taken 9 wickets at an economy of 6.8 RPO in this season. He will be a big factor in the bowling attack in the middle overs being the lone spinner in the playing XI.
AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe, Tom Curran, Corbin Bosch, Lungi Ngidi, Petrus van Biljon, Heinrich Klaasen (c & wk), Tony de Zorzi, Wiaan Mulder, Waqar Salamkheil
Cape Town Blitz is having a torrid time of late winning just one match out of their last 5 matches. Janneman Malan is the tournament`s top scorer with 358 runs so far and he will look to extend his good run and finish the season on a high. Skipper Quinton De Kock and Liam Livingstone are consistent with the bat and have scored over 200+ runs this season. David Bedingham has been a good addition to their batting unit with good performances in the last 2-3 matches.
Dale Steyn is their best bowler this season with 15 wickets at just 7 RPO. He was missed big time last match A Giants put on a 136-run opening partnership. Wahab Riaz and Sisanda Magala are bowling with good pace and aggression taking 9 & 11 wickets respectively. The spin department lacks penetration with Mohammed Nawaz and George Linde who are giving runs at over 9+ RPO.
Quinton De Kock – De Kock has scored 235 runs at a strike rate of 160 this season, but the strange thing he is yet to score a fifty this season despite getting starts in all matches. He will be hoping that the big knock comes in this all-important match.
Wahab Riaz – Riaz is slowly finding his rhythm with pinpoint pacy Yorkers and bouncers. He had figures of 3/19 & 2/18 in the last two matches and he will look to continue to torment batsmen with his race pace on offer.
Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Janneman Malan, David Bedingham, Liam Livingstone, Vernon Philander, Mohammad Nawaz, Dale Steyn, Wahab Riaz, Sisanda Magala, George Linde, Anrich Nortje
Three out of four matches played here have ended as No-result so far. The weather does not look promising and we have 80% chances of rain as per the weather forecast.
Centurion pitch will be on a slower side and the batsmen will find difficult to score as the ball will not come onto the bat. We can expect scores around 140-160 runs in this match.
Teams will be inclined to chase as the weather is expected to play its part in this match. Chasing is the best option in a shortened match.
Both teams have lost momentum in their last few matches after a good start. Tshwane Spartans batting depends heavily on the likes of ABD while Blitz has a good top order and weak lower middle order. Blitz has a good pace attack than the Spartans but lack quality spinners. Tshwane Spartans will have the advantage in this match owing to their home conditions and the slow pitch.
Tshwane Spartans will win the match!