Cricket match date: 12th December 2018
Cricket match time: 05:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: Boland Park, Paarl
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Mzansi Super League
Team A: Paarl Rocks
Team B: Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Team A Captain: FAF Du Plessis
Team B Captain: JJ Smuts
Cricket Match Preview:
We are now approaching the end of the group stages of the Mzansi Super League. The inaugural edition of the South African cricket tournament will feature three teams in the playoffs. Cape Town Blitz has already secured their spot as the number one team. The battle between Paarl Rocks and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will be decisive in finalizing the number three spot. It will be a hard-fought cricket match without a doubt.
Paarl Rocks will be hosting this cricket match at Boland Park. Their campaign began with a couple of losses, but they were a starkly different team once national cricket team captain FAF Du Plessis returned. Rocks were under the threat of elimination as they needed a win against Jozi Stars in the last cricket match.
Kerwin Mungroo was an inspired selection for the Paarl Rocks and he vindicated the belief with a spell of 3/29. David Wiese and Dwayne Brave proved quite expensive and the Rocks needed 171 runs to win. At 19/2 in 2.3 overs, they were in trouble. Out walked FAF Du Plessis and played a whirlwind knock of 61 from 34 balls. Grant Thomson played the supporting knock of 71 from 55 balls. Bravo sealed the win with two sixes. Paarl Rocks will again be reliant on FAF Du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo and Aiden Markram to pull off a win.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants celebrated four wins in their first six matches but fell off the charts in the next three games. While one of them was washed out, the Giants lost two. In the previous cricket encounter against Tshwane Spartans, the Giants bowled well but gave away the advantage with poor batting effort.
Chasing 166 runs to win, the Giants batting lineup collapsed with the exception of JJ Smuts and Ben Duckett. Even they could not stay long enough on the crease and at 92/7 in 13 overs, they were on the verge of conceding a bonus point. Sisanda Magala scored a fighting 31 to ensure that the team batted out 20 overs. The Giants need to win in this match and will hope that their batting is up to the task this time.
Cricket Match Information:
This is the 29th Cricket match of the Mzansi Super League. The cricket match between Paarl Rocks and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will be a virtual quarterfinal. The home team Paarl Rocks has played nine matches and has won four out of them. They have played four cricket matches at home so far and have emerged as the winner twice. Rocks have won last two cricket matches played at home and will want to extend the streak.
This will also be the last match for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in the group stage. From the nine cricket matches played so far, the Giants have won four and lost three. Two cricket matches have yielded no result. They have won two away cricket matches so far and have lost only once.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Paarl Rocks made three changes to their side in the last match. They dropped Vaughn Van Jaarsveld, Tshepo Moreki and Bjorn Fortuin to accommodate Patrick Kruger, Kerwin Mungroo and Grant Thomson after losing two cricket matches. Mungroo and Thomson delivered match-winning performances and have sealed the spot. Kruger may make a place for Jaarsveld.
Here is our prediction of Paarl Rocks’ playing XI:
- Dwayne Bravo
- Faf du Plessis (c)
- Mangaliso Mosehle (wk)
- David Wiese
- Aiden Markram
- Dane Paterson
- Cameron Delport
- Tabraiz Shamsi
- Grant Thomson
- Patrick Kruger/Vaughn Van Jaarsveld
- Kerwin Mungroo
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants also made three changes to their cricket team in the last match. They brought in Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso and Lizaad Williams while dropping Junior Dala, Carmi Le Roux and Ryan McLaren. Dala is expected to take his place back as L Williams bowled only two overs in the last match.
Here is our prediction of Nelson Mandela Bay Giants playing XI:
- Heino Kuhn
- Jason Roy
- Imran Tahir
- Aaron Phangiso
- JJ Smuts (c)
- Chris Morris
- Ben Duckett
- Lizaad Williams/Junior Dala
- Rudi Second (wk)
- Christiaan Jonker
- Sisanda Magala
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
The team needs to win and if one man can stand up and take the responsibility to make it happen then it is FAF Du Plessis. The national cricket team captain joined the MSL but has made an enormous impact on the cricket tournament. Du Plessis has scored 312 runs in seven matches at an average of 62.4. He has smashed consecutive half-centuries and is in great touch.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
There have been four MSL cricket matches scheduled at this cricket ground so far. Two have been won by the chasing team while the batting first team prevailed twice. First two matches saw 200-plus scores but the average score now is 177.
Both teams will try their best to pocket this cricket encounter as their progress depends on it. A win here secures the number three spot while a loss will throw the team out from the upcoming playoffs. Home team Paarl Rocks has the momentum behind them as per our prediction will be favourite to clinch this cricket match.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Paarl Rocks (PR) – 40+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Chris Morris (NMBG) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Jason Roy (NMBG)
Paarl Rocks – 1.74
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants – 1.90
*odds may change anytime