Date & Time: Wednesday, November 27, 21:00 IST
Venue: St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
The Rocks seek to bounce back against the Giants
The MSL is into its second half of the season where every win and loss can make a difference for teams to finish in the top 3. But the contest on Wednesday between the Giants and the Rocks has very little significance to it at the moment. Both the teams find themselves at No.1 and 2 in the points table. The Giants are the only team in the tournament yet to be beaten, they have managed to win 4 out of 5 matches played and one was washed out. On the other side, the Rocks have only lost to the Spartans and managed to acquire 3 wins. But in the last two games, the Rocks’ batting unit hasn’t come up with their best which will be once again tested by the strong bowling attack of the Giants.
Both sides are unlikely to make any changes to the XI from their last match.
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
Paarl Rocks possible XI:-
Henry Davids, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis(c), Dwaine Pretorius, James Vince, Sibonelo Makhanya, Isuru Udana, Mangaliso Mosehle(w), Bjorn Fortuin, Hardus Viljoen, Tabraiz Shamsi
The surface in Port Elizabeth is usually known to produce sporting games but in the season it has been a touch more in favor of batsmen. The average score of teams that bat first in the season is close to 170. So expect another thrilling contest if both sides come with their best.
He is one of the top point scorers of the season with a PPM of 69.5 in the four matches played. His MDTA of 1 in the last 5 matches makes him the most sought after player in today’s match.
It is quite unusual from the Rocks’ captain to not come up with a decent knock three times in a row. Now it’s high time for him to bounce back with a match-defining knock. Unlike the previous few matches, If he can see off the early spell, then there is every chance he may come to his best.
He proved to be the game-changer for the Rocks when it was needed the most for the team. His first knock against the Spartans may have gone in vain but in the last two matches, those decent knocks proved to be the difference in the end result. He has a PPM of 67 and an MDTA of 1 in the tour.
He is only second to Smuts when it comes to consistency so far in the tournament. His wicket-taking ability and coming up with handy cameos late in the order makes him a must-have in today’s match. He has a PPM of 53 and MDTA of 1 in the tour.
Leading into the season, he hasn’t had a great record in the format. But in the four matches played in the season, he proved to be otherwise. He has been the most consistent performer for the Rocks so far. His PPM of 51 and MDTA of 1 in the tour makes him a must-have in today’s match.
He is one of those players who will change the game on its head when he gets going or comes up with nothing. There will be no grey area from him for sure and it has been the case in the season. His PPM of 38 and MDTA of 2 in the tour makes him a big bet in today’s match.