Tshwane Spartans: WWLWLLWL
Durban Heat: WLNLLLLWL
Our prediction is Spartans will win the match!
We have come to the end of the league phase of the tournament with the last game between Tshwane Spartans and Durban Heat at Centurion. There is still a toss-up for the last qualification spot between Tshwane Spartans and Bay Giants. Tshwane Spartans have made a miraculous comeback in the tournament after remaining at the bottom of the table for the first half of the tournament. The Spartans are high on confidence after back to back wins in their last two matches. Their batting looks in ominous touch with both openers Dean Elgar and keeper GL Cloete scoring runs consistently. Skipper AB de Villiers, Eoin Morgan and Tony de Zorzi form a destructive middle order combo who can take on any bowling attack on their day. All-rounders Robbie Frylinck, Shaun Von berg and Srilankan Jeevan Mendis play a crucial role in lower middle order with quick runs towards the end of the innings and deliver with the ball in the hand. Lutho Simpala and Andy Birch along with Frylinck form the fast bowling partnership in their bowling attack.
Durban Heat are languishing at the bottom of the table and they are assured of the wooden spoon in the league. They were termed as one of the favorites to win the league with their star-studded team during the start of the tournament. Their campaign never really picked up at any stage with a host of stars failing. They would like to end the tournament with a win and salvage some pride thereby playing a spoilsport in Spartans march towards qualification. Khaya Zondo and Morne Van Wyk were the only performers with the bat in the tournament. Hashim Amla, David Miller, Heinrich Klassen and Skipper Albie Morkel failing to make a significant contribution with the bat. Their bowlers Merchant de Lange, Vern Philander, Tladi Bokako and Kyle Abott are struggling with control and giving runs at a high economy rate. Keshav Maharaj has bowled economically but is short of wickets. Rashid Khan`s addition will strength the bowling attack.
AB de Villiers – AB might not have scored more runs in the tournament but he still is one of the players to look out for in the crunch situations. AB will up his performance in the important match.
Shaun Von Berg – Von Berg has been bowling excellently and has replicated in his last two match bowling figures of 3/27 and 3/19 respectively.
Jeevan Mendis – The Srilankan spinner is the leading wicket taker in the tournament. And he provides the much-required control of run rate in middle overs.
Missing player: Lungi Ngidi (Injured)
Stats from the tournament:
GL Cloete – 311 runs at strike rate 115 (HS - 80, Avg-34.5)
Jeevan Mendis - 16 wickets at an economy of 8.26 RPO (BB- 4/27)
AB de Villiers (C), GL Cloete (Wk), Eoin Morgan, AP Agathangelou, Dean Elgar, Tony de Zorzi, Shaun Von Berg, Andy Birch, Jeevan Mendis, Robbie Frylinck, Lutho Simpala
Spartans are expected to be playing with the same XI. Agathangelou will retain his place at the top of the batting order with Dean Elgar at 3.
Morne Van Wyk – The explosive Keeper batsmen has been in the South African domestic circuit for quite a long time and will be keen to prove his credentials as opener and keeper.
Khaya Zondo – Zondo has been playing some good knocks in the middle order and would love to end the tournament on a high.
Rashid Khan – Rashid Khan would want to stamp his authority as one of the best spinners in T20 cricket. And he wants to make a mark in MSL also.
Stats from the tournament
Khaya Zondo – 214 runs at strike rate 125 (HS - 67, Avg-35.66)
Kyle Abbott – 10 wickets at an economy of 8.4 RPO (BB -4/27)
Albie Morkel (C), Heinrich Klassen (Wk), Sarel Erwee, Hashim Amla, Khaya Zondo, David Miller, Rashid Khan, T Bokako, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Merchant de Lange.
Amla is expected to get a go in the Playing XI. And there is other changes expected in the playing XI.
The weather at Centurion looks clear and we are all set see an exciting contest. The pitch is on a slower side and is expected to be average scoring match. Any score above 150 will be considered good to defend.
The late start brings due into consideration, where spinners might not be able to grip the ball. So, batting second becomes easier to score runs. But pitch may remain same during entire duration of the match.