AT A GLANCE
When? Wednesday 12th December, 17:00 (UK)
Where? SuperSport Park
Weather? Clear with minimal wind and 24c expected
What channel is it on? Tshwane Spartans vs Durban Heat will be broadcast live on FreeSports
Where can I stream the match? Tshwane Spartans vs Durban Heat 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
All-time meetings: Tshwane Spartans W1, Durban Heat W1
THE TEAM NEWS
Coach: Mark Boucher
Captain: AB de Villiers
- Tshwane Spartans are coming off a heavy defeat at the hands of the Jozi Stars as they lost by 101 runs after the Stars set the highest total in Mzansi Super League history of 239 and the Heat were eventually bowled out for 138.
- Skipper AB de Villiers’ recent poor run of form continued as he was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada after just two balls without scoring, although Gihahn Cloete continued his excellent form with the bat by scoring a battling 39-ball fifty but they need more of their batsmen to step up here.
- Despite the heavy defeat for the Spartans, they still have a slim chance of making the play-offs but they will need Paarl Rocks to beat Nelson Mandela Bay Giants narrowly and to eclipse their margin of victory to earn a bonus point.
Coach: Grant Morgan
Captain: Albie Morkel
- Durban Heat won just their second game of the Mzansi Super League last time out in a shock six-wicket victory over table-topping Cape Town Blitz in a game that had very little riding on it but they played with plenty of pride in that match.
- The Heat were the first team to be eliminated from the running for a play-off spot after losing six out of their first eight games, but they were able to rekindle some pride against the Blitz thanks in part to a 79-run stand between Morne van Wyk and Khaya Zondo.
- The form of Hashim Amla remains a concern for the Heat as the South Africa international has scored just 71 runs in his six games for them and he struggled to fire on his return to the side so it would be no surprise if he dropped out with captain Albie Morkel potentially coming back in.
Whilst Durban Heat do not have much to play for, Tshwane Spartans still have something to focus on depending on results elsewhere. A big win over the Heat and a narrow Paarl Rocks win over the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants could see them sneak into the play-offs in the inaugural Mzansi Super League. Facing a bowling attack that is heavily reliant on Rashid Khan and Kyle Abbott, the Spartans will be confident of getting a win and they may even play with more freedom if the result earlier in the day goes against them.