Cricket match date: 17th November 2018
Cricket match time: 10:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Mzansi Super League 2018
Team A: Jozi Stars
Team B: Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Team A Captain: Dane Vilas
Team B Captain: JJ Smuts
Cricket Match Preview:
The Mzansi Super League (MSL) is the newest member in the world of T20 cricket leagues. It took quite a while for South Africa to get a franchise-based T20 cricket tournament running but finally, they have cracked the code and the MSL is here. The league features six teams, who will play against each other on a home and away basis. The second cricket match of the tournament will be Jozi Stars hosting Nelson Mandela Bay Giants at the New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
The home team Jozi Stars were seeded first in the draft round and their opening pick was the best T20 cricket batsman in the world, Chris Gayle. The universe boss may not be at the peak of his power but he still packs a punch and can still dismantle any bowling attack when on song. In addition, the marquee player for the Stars is Kagiso Rabada. The fast bowler has made waves in the cricket world with his outrageous pace and will be the spearhead for his home team.
The Stars will be captained by Dane Vilas, who is a kolpak player. They also possess the explosive batsman Rassie Van Der Dussen, who is likely to pair up with Chris Gayle at the top of the batting order. Reeza Hendricks and Ryan Rickelton are the other two batsmen, who will be the mainstays of the cricket team. The Stars possess two quality all-rounders in Dwaine Pretorius and the Australian Dan Christian. The spin bowling department will be handled by Simon Harmer and Eddie Leie.
The Giants did not have any choice in the International marquee player selection other than Jason Roy. The cricket team will be happy to have the explosive English opener in their side. Giants also grabbed the spectacular all-rounder Chris Morris. The tall cricketer has been a success in the IPL and will add a lot of value to the South African team.
Bay Giants will be captained by the local man JJ Smuts. He is a superb batting option at the top and also provides a few overs of spin bowling. Imran Tahir, who is a leading spinner in the T20 cricket world, will be a key figure in the plans of NMBG. The wrist spinner will be a threat to every opponent. Rudi Second, Ryan McLaren and Heino Kuhn will be the other senior players, who will be expected to deliver in the T20 cricket league.
Cricket Match Information:
This is the second match of the MSL. The international South African stars will be missing due to national commitments so the teams will have to try a few cricket combinations here. Jozi Stars are the home team here while Nelson Mandela Bay Giants are the visiting cricket team. Each team shall play ten cricket matches in the league phase, five home and five away.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Chris Gayle has arrived in South Africa and is available for the Jozi Stars. Kagiso Rabada and Dwaine Pretorious will be playing in the only T20I cricket match against Australia and shall return after that. As per the prediction, all other players will be available.
Here is our prediction of Jozi Stars playing XI:
- Chris Gayle
- Rassie van der Dussen
- Reeza Hendricks
- Dane Vilas
- Ryan Rickelton
- Calvin Savage
- Daniel Christian
- Beuran Hendricks
- Simon Harmer
- Eddie Leie
- Duanne Olivier
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
The Bay Giants will miss out on the services of Chris Morris and Imran Tahir, who are currently in Australia with the South African cricket team. JJ Smuts has been appointed as the cricket team captain and here is the probable XI prediction.
Here is our prediction of Nelson Mandela Bay Giants playing XI:
- JJ Smuts
- Jason Roy
- Heino Kuhn
- Ben Duckett
- Marco Marais
- Lizaad Williams
- Ryan McLaren
- Rudi Second
- Christiaan Jonker
- Aaron Phangiso
- Junior Dala
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
The star attraction of the game will undoubtedly be the West Indian cricket legend Chris Gayle. He is the most destructive batsman in T20 cricket and is capable of clearing every cricket ground when he is in his groove. Gayle is fresh from four consecutive half-centuries he scored in the Afghan Premier League 2018.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The Wanderers pitch has been unpredictable over the years but considering the need to popularise the MSL, the pitch is likely to be a batting paradise.
Despite being the away team, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will begin as the favourite to win the second cricket match of the MSL. They have a balanced squad, while Jozi Stars appear weaker when compared. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants should emerge as the winner as per our prediction.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
JJ Smuts (NMGB) – 40+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Junior Dala (NMGB) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Chris Gayle (JS)
Jozi Stars – 2.20
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants – 1.68
*odds may change anytime