Cricket match date: 05th December 2018
Cricket match time: 10:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: Kingsmead, Durban
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Mzansi Super League 2018
Team A: Durban Heat
Team B: Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Team A Captain: Albie Morkel
Team B Captain: JJ Smuts
Cricket Match Preview:
The time is running out for Durban Heat. They have played six cricket matches so far and have won only one match. The Heat are lying in the bottom of the table and need to string a few wins together to keep their cricket challenge alive. Meanwhile, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants are closing on the top position. They have four wins from their seven matches and are chasing Cape Town Blitz.
Durban Heat have been stuck in a rut. They have lost their last four matches and their losing streak began with a defeat from Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. The Heat played their last game against Paarl Rocks, where they suffered a nine-wicket loss. Batting first, Heat could muster only 154/6 runs. The Rocks chased it with ease.
Durban side struggled so much with the batting combinations that they were forced to decide to drop Hashim Amla. Morne Van Wyk has been in good form but no other batsman performed consistently. Their bowling attack is full of stellar names but needs to deliver in crunch situations.
Bay Giants were cruising in the cricket tournament with three successive wins under their belt. However, they were severely jolted by Jozi Stars in their previous cricket match. The Stars first scored 173/3 and then destroyed the Giants with the ball. The Giants could score only 92 runs and lost the game by 81 runs.
The Giants receive a welcome boost in the form of Jason Roy, who returns from the T10 Cricket league. Roy will provide the strength and experience to the cricket team. They have a good bowling unit and will seek to get back on track with a victory over Heat.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants defeated Durban Heat by nine wickets in their previous encounter.
Cricket Match Information:
This is the 22nd Cricket match of the Mzansi Super League. Durban Heat will be playing in their seventh cricket match. They have lost five and won one so far. They are currently in the last position. This is also their fourth home cricket match; their solitary win came at home.
Bay Giants are playing their first away cricket match after participating in three consecutive home games. Overall, this is their fourth away game and they have won all three away cricket matches so far.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Durban Heat team are in disarray. They are still to ascertain their best playing XI. They even dropped Hashim Amla in the last match. Lack of runs from H Klaasen and David Miller has been a worry as well. The bowling unit has remained a constant.
Here is our prediction of Durban Heat playing XI:
- Albie Morkel (c)
- Morne van Wyk (wk)
- Vernon Philander
- David Miller
- Kyle Abbott
- Keshav Maharaj
- Khaya Zondo
- Heinrich Klaasen
- Brandon Mavuta
- Sarel Erwee
- Tladi Bokako
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants receive a great boost as Jason Roy returns from T10 Cricket. He could come in place of Marco Marais. The remaining cricket team is likely to remain the same.
Here is our prediction of Nelson Mandela Bay Giants playing XI:
- Heino Kuhn
- Imran Tahir
- Aaron Phangiso
- JJ Smuts (c)
- Chris Morris
- Ben Duckett
- Rudi Second (wk)
- Christiaan Jonker
- Sisanda Magala
- Junior Dala
- Marco Marais
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Jason Roy has arrived from UAE after taking part in the T10 cricket action for a week or so. The English opener is a solid hitter and has proved his destructive powers in the 10-over game. He will be a great addition in the Bay Giants team as they prepare to forget the previous loss and get back on the track.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
There have been three Mzansi Super League cricket matches played at this cricket ground so far. The average first inning batting score here is 148. Durban Heat have won only one match here so far and have lost two cricket matches.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will be the firm favourites for this match. Durban Heat are in the last position and nothing is going their way. The Giants also lost their last game in a spectacular fashion but they will look to get back on track. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants victory will be our prediction.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Jason Roy (NMBG) – 40+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Kyle Abbott (DH) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Jason Roy/JJ Smuts (NMBG)
Durban Heat – 1.66
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants – 2.00
*odds may change anytime