Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Tshwane Spartans are going to play the 23rd match of the Mzansi Super League 2019 later today. St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth is the venue of the match.
The home teams of the match, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants are low on form and confidence after two back to back losses in MSL 2019. Also, Tshwane Spartans lost their first match of the tournament last weekend but still they are the team in superb playing form.
Winning the toss and looking to bat first is generally the preferred option at Port Elizabeth in T20s. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants superb playing form at home is an advantage for them but Tshwane Spartans are still a team to beat. Expect a very close match as the playoffs spot in Mzansi Super League 2019 is still not confirmed.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants suffered their second consecutive loss in the Mzansi Super League 2019 against Durban Heat. With that, the team has gone down a couple of places in the points table of MSL 2019. They have 4 wins, 2 losses, 1 no result due to rain so far in the tournament.
In that match against Durban Heat, the batting department of Nelson Mandela Bay Giants played well and put up a decent score. But the bowling attack let the team down in crucial moments and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants lost that match.
The batting performs like Ben Dunk, Jason Roy, and captain Jon-Jon Smuts have played consistently well in the tournament. But still, they need more contributions from their middle-order batting at important times. The bowling lineup is led by the experienced Imran Tahir alongside Chris Morris. The rest of the bowlers haven’t yet performed as per the expectations of the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants.
The recent losses have adversely affected the chances of Nelson Mandela Bay Giants looking for a playoff spot in the tournament. That’s why the home team needs to win today’s match against Tshwane Spartans to stay in the reckoning for playoffs in Mzansi Super League.
Players to watch out for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants are Imran Tahir, Jason Roy, 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.
Tshwane Spartans undefeated streak in the Mzansi Super League 2019 was broken by Cape Town Blitz recently. Although they are the form team of the MSL 2019 over the last couple of weeks. They have already won 3 matches while the remaining 3 matches were rained off.
Against Cape Town Blitz, the bowling attack of the Tshwane Spartans did brilliant work to restrict the opposition to a par score. The batting unit couldn’t chase down the target for Tshwane Spartans due to a poor start from the top order.
Looking at the overall performances of MSL 2019, AB De Villiers and Dean Elgar have performed consistently with the bat. Captain Heinrich Klassen and Pite Van Biljon has made decent contributions to the team. Bowling department has been led superbly by Morne Morkel. He has been ably supported by Roelof Van Der Merwe and Lungi Ngidi.
Even with the loss in their previous match, Tshwane Spartans are still one of the top teams of MSL 2019. With their top players playing consistently good cricket, the Tshwane Spartans are the favorites to win today’s match against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants.
Players to watch out for Tshwane Spartans are AB De Villiers, PJ Van Biljon, Roelof Van Der Merwe, and Morne Morkel.
Tshwane Spartans Squad: Heinrich Klaasen ©, AB de Villiers, Tom Curran, Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi, Theunis De Bruyn, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Lutho Sipamla, Pite Van Biljon, Tony De Zorzi, Waqar Salamkheil, Dean Elgar, Wiaan Mulder, Vaughn Van Jaarsveld, Corbin Bosch, Donavon Ferreira.
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