Cricket Match Information:
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Tshwane Spartans will be facing each other for one last time in the qualifier round in this season of Mzansi Super League. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Tshwane Spartans are currently at the second and third spot in the points table respectively. The team who wins this match will be playing the finale against Paarl Rocks. Paarl Rocks had already qualified for the final by the virtue of having the highest number of points. Our prediction expert reckons that this qualifier round between the two teams is going to be a fascinating yet tough contest between the two very evenly matched sides.
- Tournament: Mzansi Super League
- Cricket Match format: T20
- Cricket match time: 9:00 pm IST
- Cricket match date:13.12.2019
- Venue: St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
- Weather: Breezy and humid with sunshine, Temperature: 26 degrees, Thunderstorms: 1%
- Team A: Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
- Team B: Tshwane Spartans
- Team A Captain: JT Smuts
- Team B Captain: Henrich Klassen
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
JT Smuts, the chosen skipper for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in this season of Mzansi Super League, has led the side wonderfully well and his tactics have brought a lot of success. He played a crucial role in making the team stand at the second spot in the points table this season.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have been one of the fortunate sides in the tournament who had only one game washed out due to rain. At the end of the group stage, they had played nine complete games and won six cricket games.
Despite the loss in a previous cricket game, our prediction is of the same side that played the last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of Nelson Mandela Bay Giants’ playing XI:
- JT Smuts
- BR Dunk
- MP Breetzke
- HG Kuhn
- RN ten Doeschate
- M Marais
- CH Morris
- N Burger
- A Mnyaka
- M Nabe
- Imran Tahir
Tshwane Spartans made a big change this year at the leadership level. They replaced AB de Villiers with Henrich Klassen as the skipper for this season. This decision has brought some success for Spartans in this season as well. They finished the group stage at number three spot and reached the qualifier stage.
Such has been the influence of the rain on Tshwane Spartans this season that despite winning just three games of cricket, they finished at the number three spot. In fact, their last two matches were abandoned due to rain.
Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played the last cricket game barring any injury.
Here is our prediction of Tshwane Spartans’ playing XI:
- Henrich Klassen
- AB de Villiers
- Dean Elgar
- T de Zorzi
- PWA Mulder
- TK Curran
- RVD Merwe
- Morne Morkel
- Lungi Ngidi
- Corbin Bosch
- Petrus van Biljon
Expert Prediction: NMBG vs TS
It might just be the last time that the local crowd get to see AB de Villiers play in front of their eyes. This reason should be enough to bring in the crowd for the qualifier game between Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Tshwane Spartans.
In the last four cricket games between the two sides, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants hold the upper hand with two wins, one loss and one abandoned game. The most recent encounter was won by Giants by six wickets and that should give them a lot of confidence going into the qualifier.
However, one man, AB de Villiers, can singlehandedly disrupt all their plans and with the kind of form he has shown in the last few games, that cannot be ruled out either. Tshwane Spartans are going to bank on his form as well as on the bowling form shown by Morne Morkel in this season of Mzansi Super League.
Our prediction is of a victory for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in this cricket game. They have simply managed to play a lot more games of cricket than Tshwane Spartans. The latter have been badly hit by rain and have barely managed to play five complete games of cricket. With a big game on the line, it is all about the right combinations and experience, and at the moment, Giants seem to have all of it covered.
Toss prediction? – The team winning the toss will definitely look to bowl first as the T20 game is a chase-friendly format. Hence, irrespective of the conditions, our prediction is that team winning the toss would like to bowl first.
Who will win? – Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Top Batsman – HG Kuhn (NMBG), AB de Villiers (TS)
Top Bowler –Imran Tahir (NMBG), Lungi Ngidi (TS)
Most Sixes – HG Kuhn (NMBG), AB de Villiers (TS)
Man of the Match – Imran Tahir (NMBG)
Team Scores Batting first – Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 160+, Tshwane Spartans 150+
Our Official Partner Odds for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Tshwane Spartans
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants – 1.76
Tshwane Spartans – 2.00
*odds may change anytime