Date & Time: Saturday, November 23, 16:00 IST
Venue: St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Durban hopes to get the season underway against the unbeaten Giants
The Giants and the Heat whose campaign has gone in the opposite direction so far will face off in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The Giants who is at the top of the table has won 3 out of the 4 games and one of them were washed out. They seem to have found an ideal balance between victories and strength in the squad. On the other hand, the Heat neither has the quality nor any game time under their belt as their campaign seems to be going nowhere with the rain god’s following them everywhere. Three out of their four games have been affected by rain and in the remaining only game, they lost to the Blitz. It will be a challenge for the Heat which is yet to find a win against the unbeaten Giants.
Durban Heat possible XI
Wesley Marshall, Alex Hales, Wihan Lubbe, Dane Vilas(w/c), David Miller, Ravi Bopara, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Marco Jansen, Kyle Abbott, Malusi Siboto
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants possible XI
Jason Roy, Matthew Breetzke, JJ Smuts(c), Ben Dunk(w), Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, Onke Nyaku, Nandre Burger, Junior Dala, Imran Tahir
The surface in Port Elizabeth has proved to be sporting enough in the two played as it produced something for everyone throughout the game. So expect nothing different for Saturday’s contest as well.
The Giants skipper has led the team in the batting front by scoring a couple of good knocks. He also chipped in with a couple of wickets in the 3 matches played. His impressive PPM of 85 and MDTA of 1 in the last 5 matches make him a must-have in today’s match.
The bowling all-rounder has lived up to the expectations on him so far in the tournament. He has chipped in with at least a wicket and also came up with handy cameos. He has a PPM of close to 60 and has an MDTA of 1 in the tour.
The veteran has contained his recent good form as well as his record at the venue so far in the season. He has picked 6 wickets in the 6 matches played and also proved to be the most economical bowler of the side. He has a PPM of 55 and an MDTA of 1 in the tour.
He has continued his recent good form from where he left in the domestic T20 cup. He is the leading wicket-taker for the side in the tournament with 8 wickets from 3 games. At times he may have been expensive but his wicket-taking ability is what makes him a worthy pick in the Dream11 cricket team.
In a batting order which lacks international players, Hales holds the key for Durban at the top of the order. In recent times he may not have come up with a big knock but he certainly proved to be a worthy player by giving the team decent starts. He has a PPM of 38.5 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 matches.
The Durban pacer has been in good form leading into the tournament and in the only match of the side he has continued the same. His PPM of 52 and MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 matches make him a must-have.