Cricket match date: 12th December 2018
Cricket match time: 10:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: SuperSport Park, Centurion
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Mzansi Super League
Team A: Tshwane Spartans
Team B: Durban Heat
Team A Captain: AB de Villiers
Team B Captain: Kesav Maharaj
Cricket Match Preview:
Tshwane Spartans need to win both of their remaining two games of cricket in order to qualify for the next round. Their inferior run-rate compared to Paarl Rocks means that if Rocks win their final group game, Spartans cannot afford to slip up in either of their remaining cricket games. Spartans ideally would like Rocks to lose their last cricket game so that they can go through even with 1 win out of their last 2 games.
Durban Heat do not have to think about these permutations and combinations. With just 2 wins out of the 9 games of cricket, they are out of the competition. They can only hope to stop Spartans in their quest and if they can do so, it will mean that Heat will end up with at least 3 wins. Spartans, led by AB de Villiers, would not like to finish the group stage with the loss. They have come so close to their first target of reaching the semis that anything less will hurt them.
Spartans began well in the tournament before stuttering a bit. Then they accumulated more victories on the road. They have been particularly impressive especially while batting first. They have won 3 out of their last 4 games after batting first, while their only loss has come while chasing the total against Cape Town Blitz.
Nothing has worked for Durban Heat. In fact, their game against Jozi Stars could sum up their entire season. They were well on their way towards their second victory when Stars lost their 9 wickets and needed 12 off last two balls. But Marchant de Lange failed to defend that, and Heat stumbled on to another loss. They recovered to win their last game of cricket against the table toppers Cape Town Blitz, but they would be ruing the fact that it came so late in the day.
Spartans may have to prepare for the possibility of chasing in the game and that makes the role of skipper AB de Villiers and senior batsman Dean Elgar very important. While GL Cloete has been doing the bulk of the scoring for them it would be ideal if AB comes to the party.
Cricket Match Information:
Durban Heat would look to spoil the party of Tshwane Spartans, who are looking to seal the spot in the semifinal. By the time of writing this piece, Tshwane Spartans have registered 4 wins out of 8 cricket games. They will have to win at least one or ideally both of their remaining cricket games to qualify for the semifinal. Durban Heat are already eliminated from the qualifications.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Spartans have been in very good form in recent times. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven as their last game of cricket.
Here is our prediction of Tshwane Spartans’ playing XI:
- GL Cloete
- AP Agathangelou
- AB de Villiers
- Eoin Morgan
- Dean Elgar
- T de Zorzi
- R Frylinck
- S Von Berg
- ACR Birch
- BMAJ Mendis
- L Sipamla
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Durban Heat won their last game of cricket against the table toppers Cape Town Blitz in style. Despite the knock of Quinton de Kock, Heat restricted Blitz to a chaseable score of 160 and chased it comfortably. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven for them in the next game.
Here is our prediction of Durban Heat’s playing XI:
- MN van Wyak
- SJ Erwee
- Henrich Klassen
- Hashim Amla
- David Miller
- K Zondo
- Vernon Philander
- T Bokako
- Kesav Maharaj
- Kyle Abbot
- Rashid Khan
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Rashid Khan had a quiet game against the Cape Town Blitz. Our prediction is of a good performance from him in this game of cricket.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
Centurion has been one of those grounds where middling scores have been made in the Mzansi Super League. Our prediction is of a score around 140, which will prove to be a match-winning one. Conditions are expected to be dry.
Tshwane Spartans will begin the game of cricket as favorites. They have everything to play for in this game of cricket. They have been in good form in recent times and hence, our prediction is of a Spartans victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
AB de Villiers (TS) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Rashid Khan (DH) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
AB de Villiers (TS)
Tshwane Spartans – 1.66
Durban Heat – 2.00
*odds may change anytime