Date & Time: Wednesday, November 20, 21:00 IST
Venue: St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Both sides seek to continue winning momentum
The table-toppers Cape Town Blitz and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants clash of each other in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday. Both teams have recorded a couple of wins against the Jozi stars, leaving the defending champions to the bottom of the table. Apart from those victories, Blitz has also won against Durban after losing against the Rocks. The Giants’ other match was washed out, in which they reduced the Spartans to 38/4. Both sides have a decent bowling attack but there seems to be a lack of depth in batting for the Giants which could well be the deciding factor in this contest.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants possible XI
Jason Roy, Ben Dunk(w), JJ Smuts(c), Heino Kuhn, Grant Thomson, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, Onke Nyaku, Nandre Burger, Junior Dala, Imran Tahir,
Cape Town Blitz possible XI
Quinton de Kock(w/c), Janneman Malan, Marques Ackerman, Liam Livingstone, Asif Ali, George Linde, Wahab Riaz, Sisanda Magala, Gregory Mahlokwana, Dale Steyn, Anrich Nortje,
The surface in Port Elizabeth has produced sporting games in the last edition of MSL where both pace and spin had their equal say. The same has been the case in the first match of the season.
The Giants’ skipper has been in impressive form of late where he has scored at a PPM of 71 in the last 5 games. His performance is going to be so crucial for the Giants in today’s match as well, as their batting attack lacks depth in the absence of Behradien.
He has continued from where he left in the T20 Blast, as he scored at a PPM of 51 in the two games that he’s played. In the last 5 matches, he has been part of the Dream team on each occasion as he came up with all round performances.
He has been the most consistent bowler of NMG leading into the tournament as well as in the two games he’s played. He picked five wickets and also proved to be economical in the last match. His impressive PPM of 62.8 and MDTA of 1 in the last 5 matches make him a must-have in today’s match.
The veteran spinner has a key role to play today’s match where the surface is known to offer more assistance for spinners. If he can live up to his recent good form in the tournament where he scored at a PPM of 56, then there is every chance he might be the Dream11 game-changer of the match.
The Blitz captain has been the most consistent player of the side in the season as he made it to the dream team in every match played so far. In every match, he has given the team a good start and his glovework has proved to be handy for fantasy cricket players. He has a PPM of close to 50 and an MDTA of 1 in the tour.
The last match of the Giants is a prime example of how Roy can be devastating when he gets going. He may have played only 12 deliveries but he has scored 31 runs in no time. In today’s match, the same can be expected from him, if there isn’t any offer for Pacers early on in the innings.
He may have an MDTA of 14 in the format overall but he hasn’t lived up to it in the season so far. Out of the four matches played he has been part of the Dream team only twice and only in one of those occasions he has played a match-defining knock. So it might be time for him to come back to his consistent best in today’s match.