In their previous match against Cape Town Blitz, Paarl Rocks cruised to the victory by 2 runs in a thrilling encounter.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have been in a phenomenal run in the MSL 2019 and have clinched the top spot in the points table. Giants have amassed 19 points from their first five games by winning four matches. They are the favourites to make it to the playoffs. In their previous encounter against Durban heat, they registered a formidable 5-wicket victory while extending their lead at the top of the table.
Paarl Rocks are not far either. They are placed second in the points table after acquiring 15 points from their first five matches. Both the teams have emerged to clinch the trophy this season. In their previous match against Cape Town Blitz, Paarl Rocks cruised to the victory by 2 runs in a thrilling encounter.
Pitch and Conditions
There are no chances of rain to intervene in the match. Ample light is expected during the play as there are no chances of precipitation whatsoever. The temperature is going to hover around 24 degrees Celcius according to AccuWeather. The track has proved beneficial for the batsmen and hence, the team batting first will be looking forward to posting a competitive total on the scoreboard.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have a strong batting force with their skipper JJ Smuts leading from the front. Jason Roy, who smashed a half-century in the previous match, will be eager to provide his side with a good start along with fellow opener Matthew Breetzke. The trio of Chris Morris, Junior Dala and Imran Tahir will steer Giants’ bowling force.
Predicted XI: Jason Roy, Matthew Breetzke, J J Smuts (C), Ben Dunk (WK), Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, Onke Nyaku, Junior Dala, Nandre Burger, Imran Tahir
Henry Davids had propelled Paarl Rocks to a great start in their last match. Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis, James Vince and Dwaine Pretorius will bolster the Rocks’ batting line-up. Tabraiz Shamsi, who never fails to grab the headlines with his epic celebrations, is anticipated to provide crucial breakthroughs for Paarl Rocks.
Predicted XI: Henry Davids, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis (C), James Vince, Dwaine Pretorius, Hardus Viljoen, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Isuru Udana, Kerwin Mungroo, Bjorn Fortuin, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Probable Top Performers
JJ Smuts – Nelson Mandela Bay Giants | Faf du Plessis – Paarl Rocks
TV – Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD
Online– Sony Liv
Match Timings – 9:00 PM IST and 05:30 PM local.