2018 Mzansi Super League – Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Paarl Rocks Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 30th November, 12:00 (UK)

Where? St George's Oval

Weather? 23c and cloudy but rain unlikely

What channel is it on? Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Paarl Rocks will be shown live on FreeSports

Where can I stream the match? Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Paarl Rocks will not be streamed live on UK television

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketpros.co.za/portal/web/index.php/event/c7301e18-4719-4019-105d-5b84e704db0a

THE TEAM NEWS

NELSON MANDELA BAY GIANTS

Coach: Eric Simons

Captain: Imran Tahir

  • The Bay Giants' last match against first-placed Cape Town Blitz on Tuesday was abandoned due to rain so they have gone five days without a match and they will be eager to get back out in the middle and continue their good form.
  • Englishman Ben Duckett has scored the most runs so far in the four games played with a total of 122 runs and an average of 40.66 and they will need him to continue his good form so far as none of their other batmen have really fired as yet.
  • Despite winning three matches so far, the Bay Giants have not scored more than 143 in any of their four completed matches so that is one area that they have to improve upon at the business end of this tournament.

PAARL ROCKS

Coach: Adrian Birrell

Captain: Faf du Plessis

  • Paarl Rocks were too hot for Durban Heat in their last match on Wednesday as the match was reduced to nine overs due to rain and Paarl won by 32 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method after some superb big hitting from the likes of Davids and Markram.
  • Victory against the Heat was the Rocks’ second win of the competition and they leaped from bottom spot to third place and now have nine points so they know that a play-off place is within their grasp if they can pick up another win or two.
  • Veteran batsman Henry Davids top scored with 46 runs off 25 balls against the Heat which included three sixes and he has been a really solid influence at the top of the order which has proved key, while spinner Fortuin is in a rich vein of form with six wickets in his last two matches so changes are unlikely here.

THE PREDICTION

Both teams have won their last two completed matches with the Bay Giants occupying second place and the Rocks one place below in third. A number of the Bay Giants matches so far have been affected by rain which has worked in their favour so far but they still have something to prove despite their record showing three wins. The Paarl Rocks on the other hand are showing signs of clicking into gear and arguably have a better all-round team, and they could upset the hosts here.