Date & Time: Wednesday, December 04, 21:00 IST
Venue: Boland Park, Paarl, South Africa
A crucial contest awaits for both the sides
The Heat have found some momentum with winning the last two games. The victories meant they are still in contention for the top 3 finish and Wednesday’s contest against the Rocks is a crucial one in that very context. On the other hand, the Rocks are sitting at the top, with only two losses, both to the Spartans. The Rocks may be at the top of the table but their batting seems to be worrying sign as most of the batsmen struggling to find some sort of form.
The Openers from both sides haven’t done well as none of them have an MDTA of less than 2 or a PPM of more than 30. The middle order is what both sides relied heavily on, Wihan Lubbe, David Miller and James Vince have the highest PPM among batsmen in the match with 57, 53 and 48 respectively in the tour.
In the Bowling, spinners have the upper hand in both sides. Isuru Udana is the only pacer to have a PPM of 40+ in the tour. Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, Bjorn Fortuin has a PPM of 42, 40.5 & 39.7 respectively in the tour.
Dwaine Pretorius the Rocks allrounder who missed the last 3 games might come back into the XI if he is fit to play. The heat is to continue with the same combination that has been yielding them wins of late.
Paarl Rocks Probable XI:
Henry Davids, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis(c), James Vince, Kyle Verreynne(w), Sibonelo Makhanya, Bjorn Fortuin, Isuru Udana, Hardus Viljoen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kerwin Mungroo/Dwaine Pretorius
Durban Heat Probable 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
The Surface in Paarl has produced high scoring games in the first two games, but it has slowed down considerably in the last match played here. So expect it to be slower once again as the venue usually is known to produce slow surfaces.
He is the leading wicket-taker for the Rocks with 10 wickets from 7 completed matches. He was not only proved to be a genuine wicket-taker but also been economical even with bowling at the crucial phase of an innings. He has a PPM of 42 and an MDTA of 1.17 in the tour.
He was crucial for the side’s win against the Giants where he ripped off their top order. Adding to it, he has also been a consistent performer for the side. He has a PPM of 40.5 and MDTA of 1.33 in the tour.
He may not have come up with a match-defining performance so far in the tournament, but he has turned out to be a fairly consistent performers for the side. His handy runs down the order and the ability to take wickets make him a sought out player in Fantasy Cricket contests. He has a PPM of 41 and an MDTA of 1.4 in the tour.
The Heat middle-order batsman is one of the reasons for the side’s fight back in the season. He has chipped in with at least 20+ scores in every match played so far. On Wednesday, expect nothing different from him with side known to rely on him more. He has an impressive PPM of 53.5 and an MDTA of 1.33 in the tour.
His lack of performances in the last two games has didn’t go well for the team as he the only batsman in the top 4 who is in some sort of form. Now he can’t afford to repeat the failures of the last two games with the tournament in its crucial finishing stage. He has a PPM of 48 and an MDTA of 1.5 in the tour.
His aggressive approach at the top of the order has provided dividends for Heat. He may not have been known for his consistency in general but in the tournament, he has shown a different side. His PPM of 57 and MDA of 1.33 in the tour makes him a must-have in today’s Dream11 fantasy cricket contests.
He used to be known for his consistency irrespective of the format he plays in. But so far it hasn’t been the case in the tournament as he yet to score a single half-century. The weak bowling lineup of the Heat might just be what the doctor ordered. He has a great H2H record against almost all bowlers, including those of the Heat. Sadly, it is just not in this tournament.