Durban Heat and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants are going to play the 20th match of the Mzansi Super League 2019 later this evening. Kingsmead Stadium, Durban is the venue of the match.
Durban Heat depends very heavily on their middle-order batting, and so far they have performed well. Their bowling has struggled for most of the MSL 2019. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants had a superb tournament but their top-order batting hasn’t been strength for them. Their bowling has been the strong point in the entire MSL 2019.
Winning the toss and batting second is the way to go for both teams at Durban. As per the current form, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants has a better chance of winning but Durban Heat has the quality to surprise the opposition too.
Durban Heat won its first match of the Mzansi Super League 2019 against Cape Town Blitz a few days ago. With this much-needed victory coming in their sixth match, Durban Heat has finally made a case for challenging for the playoffs spot of MSL 2019.
In the match against the Cape Town Blitz, Captain Dane Vilas performed superbly with the bat and helped his team Durban Heat chase down a tough target. He was supported well by the young batsman Wihaan Lubbe, one of the rising stars of South Africa in this MSL 2019. The best bowler in the Durban Heat squad, Keshav Maharaj bowled with great control and accuracy to take big wickets of the opposition. This performance ensured that the Cape Town Blitz score was not above par for Durban Heat to chase down.
The top players of Durban Heat have started to perform decently in the crucial stage of MSL 2019. Continuing this performance in all the remaining matches of the tournament can ensure their place in the playoffs. That’s why today’s match against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants is a must-win for Durban Heat.
Players to watch out for Durban Heat are Dane Vilas, Ravi Bopara, Wihaan Lubbe, and Keshav Maharaj.
Durban Heat Squad – Dane Vilas ©, Andile Phehlukwayo, Alex Hales, David Miller, Ravi Bopara, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Khaya Zondo, Marco Jansen, Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee, Malusi Siboto, Prenelan Subrayen, Wihan Lubbe, Shaun Von Berg, Robbie Frylinck.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants got their first loss in the Mzansi Super League 2019 against Paarl Rocks recently. It was a very poor performance for one of the top teams of the MSL 2019. Matches like this can lower the confidence of a team. For this reason, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants has to perform decently in today’s match to ensure that they don’t lose out on a playoff spot for MSL 2019.
In this match against Paarl Rocks, Nothing went right for the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. Most of their experienced players played their worst cricket for this season. The only positive was the batting of Ben Dunk and the ever-reliable bowling of Imran Tahir. The rest of the players just didn’t perform anywhere close to what was expected from them.
Still, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants has skillful and experienced group of players to not only get to the playoffs but also win the Mzansi Super League 2019. They have showed their talent and class with superb performances right throughout the MSL 2019 except for the last match loss. That’s why Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will look to put the last match behind them by playing some good cricket against Durban Heat today.
Players to watch out for are Imran Tahir, Jon-Jon Smuts, Ben Dunk, and Chris Morris.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants Squad: Jon-Jon Smuts ©, Imran Tahir, Jason Roy, Junior Dala, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Matthew Breetzke, Onke Nyaku, Ben Dunk, Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, Beuran Hendricks, Chris Morris, Grant Thomson, Akhona Mnyaka, Nandre Burger, Dyllan Matthews, Jason Roy.
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