Date & Time: Tuesday, December 03, 21:00 IST
Venue: St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Evenly matched sides brace for a crucial contest
It’s about finishing in the top 3 for teams as MSL heads into its final week of the league phase. Tuesday’s contest between the Giants and Spartans is no different in that very context. Both teams have won 3 and 4 games respectively; before Spartans losing the last match and the Giants losing two in a row. Now both teams can’t afford to lose any, as every result can alter the team’s position in the points table. However, irrespective of the present situation, the contest between these two sides promises to be an exciting one as both sides have all bases covered.
Both sides are likely to stick with the same Playing XI of the last match irrespective of the result.
Tshwane Spartans possible XI
Theunis de Bruyn, Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen(w/c), Petrus van Biljon, Wiaan Mulder, Roelof van der Merwe, Tom Curran, Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla,
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants possible XI
Ben Dunk(w), Jason Roy, JJ Smuts(c), Heino Kuhn, Ryan ten Doeschate, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, Onke Nyaku, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Imran Tahir.
The surface in Port Elizabeth has proved to be sporting enough so far in the season as it offered assistance for everyone. The average score of first innings here in the tournament is around 168. So expect the same for today’s contest as well.
He is the top point scorer of the side with a PPM of 66.5 in the tour. He has come up with all-round performances in every match. His consistency with the bat in the top order makes him a must-have in today’s match.
The veteran batsman is yet to come up with his best in the tournament but he has been the most consistent performer for the side with the bat. In the four matches played so far, he has scored 30+ score thrice. He has a PPM of 62 and MDTA of 1 in the tour.
He has been the most underrated bowler of the side, that is filled with pacers. He has chipped in with at least a wicket in every match and also came up with handy runs down the order. He has a PPM of 54 and MDTA of 1 in the tour which makes him a must-have in today’s match.
Apart from the last match, he has made it to the dream team in the remaining matches. Just like Merwe, he has chipped in with at least a wicket in every match and proved to be more than handy with the bat. His PPM of 49 in the tour makes him a worthy pick to consider in today’s match.
The seasoned campaigner is making his presence felt in the season. He may have got the chance to bat only twice but in those two innings, his knocks proved to be vital for the team. His PPM of 70.5 in those two matches makes him a worthy pick for Dream11 cricket team.
The veteran spinner has lived up to the expectations on him so far in the tournament. He proved to be a genuine wicket-taker for the side as he is known to be. Adding to it, he also proved to be the most economical bowler of the side, which has benefited other bowlers of his side. He has a PPM of 49 and MDTA of 1 in the tour.