Cricket match date: 02nd December 2018
Cricket match time: 2:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: Boland Park, Paarl
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Mzansi Super League 2018
Team A: Paarl Rocks
Team B: Durban Heat
Team A Captain: FAF Du Plessis
Team B Captain: Albie Morkel
Cricket Match Preview:
Paarl Rocks return to their home cricket ground as they prepare to take on the battered unit of Durban Heat. Both sides suffered substantial losses in their previous cricket match and will seek a reversal of fortunes in this match. The cricket match will be played at the Boland Park, Paarl.
The home cricket team, Paarl Rocks, will be relieved to return to the familiar territory. They were at loss against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants at the St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth. The bowlers stopped the Bay Giants for 168 runs with a disciplined effort. The batsmen failed to support them.
While Aiden Markram stood defiantly at one end, Bay Giants sent back Henry Davids, FAF Du Plessis, Vaughn Van Jaarsveld and Patrick Kruger for a single-digit score. The chase was effectively over with Markram’s dismissal for 50 from 39 balls. Rocks conceded a 48-run defeat, ending their streak of consecutive wins.
Durban Heat suffered a 53-run loss despite scoring 177 while batting second. The Heat was turned cold by Jozi Stars on the rampage. Opener Ryan Rickelton began with a flourishing 45 from 33 balls, but he proved to be a sideshow to the Hendricks special. Reeza Hendricks struck the first century of MSL, and Stars posted 230/3 in their 20 overs.
The hopes of going after the gigantic total were crushed in the first over itself as Kagiso Rabada sent back Hashim Amla, Keshav Maharaj and Heinrich Klaasen to reduce the Stars to 4/3. Morne Van Wyk 66(33) and David Miller 30(17) batted valiantly but it was insufficient. Durban Heat was all out for 177 in 18.1 overs.
Both the losing cricket teams now square off against each other with a hope of rekindling their campaign.
Cricket Match Information:
This is the 18th match of the MSL cricket tournament. Paarl Rocks have played five cricket matches before this and have won only two out of them. They currently occupy the fourth spot on the points table. Durban Heat has won only one cricket match so far and has lost three cricket matches. Durban cricket team is in the last position.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Australian batsman Michael Klinger has been ruled out of the tournament. This depletes the batting stock of Paarl Rocks and it was batting failure that cost them the match. The Rocks could well go in this cricket match with the same playing XI.
Here is our prediction of Paarl Rocks playing XI:
- Henry Davids
- Aiden Markram
- Faf du Plessis (c)
- Mangaliso Mosehle (wk)
- Vaughn van Jaarsveld
- David Wiese
- Bjorn Fortuin
- Patrick Kruger
- Dane Paterson
- Tshepo Moreki
- Tabraiz Shamsi
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Durban Heat made two changes to their cricket team for the last match. They dropped Temba Bavuma and Marchant De Lange to give an opportunity to Morne Van Wyk and Tladi Bokako. Van Wyk batted brilliantly but Bokako was slaughtered for 63 runs in his four overs. De Lange should take back his place.
Here is our prediction of Durban Heat playing XI:
- Hashim Amla
- Morne van Wyk (wk)
- Heinrich Klaasen
- David Miller
- Khaya Zondo
- Albie Morkel (c)
- Brandon Mavuta
- Vernon Philander
- Keshav Maharaj
- Kyle Abbott
- Marchant De Lange
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Henry Davids has been in a good form this season. In five matches, he has scored 126 runs with the highest score of 60. Batting at the home cricket ground will help Davids in scoring big. He will be a key batsman alongside Aiden Markram and FAF Du Plessis.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
There have been three MSL cricket matches played at this ground so far. Paarl lost the first two games but bounced back to clinch victory in the third. They defeated Cape Town Blitz in the last game and will be hoping to gain another win here. The average score batting first here is 184.
This will be a tight contest as both the teams are gasping for a win. Playing at home should Paarl Rocks in countering the challenge of Durban Heat. Our prediction favours Paarl Rocks to win this cricket match.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Henry Davids (PR) – 40+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
K Abbott (DH) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
David Miller (PR)
Paarl Rocks – 1.74
Durban Heat – 1.95
*odds may change anytime