Date & Time: Wednesday, November 13, 21:00 IST
Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion, South Africa
Rain follows the Spartans
Tshwane Spartans and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants which finished in the bottom half of the group stage in the previous edition of MSL will lock horns in the 5th match of the season at SuperSport Park in Centurion. The Giants have started the season on a winning note by beating the Jozi Stars. On the other hand, the first game of the Spartans has been washed out without a ball being bowled and their second match is also under rain threat. If rain stays away for the match the contest lies on how both set of batting units respond to the respective strong bowling attacks.
Tshwane Spartans Possible XI:
Tony de Zorzi, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen (WK), Roelof van der Merwe, Tom Curran/ Wiaan Mulder, Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Waqar Salamkheil.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants Possible XI:
Heino Kuhn, Jason Roy, Imran Tahir, JJ Smuts (c), Ben Dunk (wk), Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Junior Dala, Matthew Breetzke, Nandre Burger, Onke Nyaku/ Beuran Hendricks
The surface at Centurion is known for producing high scoring games whether it’s domestic or international cricket. The average score of teams that bat first in the 5 games here is around 165. The weather forecast is for a few showers during the match so expect a shortened game.
In a batting line up where most batsmen are not known for stroke-making, he is the master in that aspect. His ability to turn the game on its head from any given situation makes him the most preferred choice in the Dream11 cricket team. He may be out of the international game but he still possesses the spark in him to go big. He was amongst the top run-scorer for his side in the recently concluded T20 Blast. He has a PPM of 74.6 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 games.
He is one of the few premier allrounders going around the world in the format. In the side’s first game of the season, he has shown why he is among the best by chipping in wickets and also playing a handy cameo. His PPM of 51 and MDTA of 1.37 in the format makes him a must-have in today’s game.
The Giants’ skipper has an impressive record in the format where he has a PPM of 50 in the 52 matches played. Batting at No.3 and in between stroke makers, his role is to anchor the game and also to provide much-needed acceleration whenever needed. In addition, he also has an EEC of 5.6 in the format.
The veteran leg spinner is one of the most sought after bowlers in today’s match. The genuine wicket-taker has a good record in the format and he has come into this season on the back of a decent performance in the CPL. He has a PPM of 43 and an MDTA of 1.67 in the last 5 matches that he has played.
He has been in great form leading into the season where he is among the top wicket-takers for the Netherlands in the recently concluded T20WCQ. He has a PPM of close to 50 and has an MDTA of 1.67 in the last 5 matches.
He is one of those players who gets going at full force when he is at his best or otherwise gets out cheaply. His PPM of 41 and MDTA of 2.16 is an indication of how wayward he can be. But the very quality makes him a big bet to consider in today’s match as he can be the game-changer if he gets going.