All the urgency and motivation coming into match is with the Tshwane Spartans and they need to keep winning to have any chance of reaching the Eliminator. Their bowling unit has been one of the best in the tournament...
On paper, everything points towards the home team here as the Blitz have been the outstanding team during the group stage, while Durban Heat have been woeful.
All the pressure is on the Paarl Rocks who simply have to win this game or face elimination. They have not lived up to expectations and it has been their batting which has let them down with some of their T20 specialists just not performing.
The Bay Giants are in fine for right now and are playing some impressive cricket in all facets of the game. Jozi Stars have a formidable batting line-up and are looking much stronger in recent matches, so they will provide a stern test for the hosts.
This match is a repeat of Saturday’s qualifier in which the Pakhtoons emerged victorious so it will be interesting to see if either team approaches this one differently. That match was close enough to suggest that it will not have an impact on this game....
So much depends on which team has the greater motivation for this third-place match which has little riding on it. The Arabians comfortably beat the Tigers in the Eliminator on Saturday but they had to play two matches on the same day which could take its toll.
The Durban Heat have had a tough MSL campaign so far and they simply cannot afford to lose this match. Paarl Rocks were handed a reality check last time out but had shown some good form prior to that.
The Warriors showed they are human after all in the qualifier as they succumbed to defeat against Pakhtoons so they will have to bounce back here. Some of their veterans may struggle to play two intense games in the same day however.
The two biggest hitting teams face off in this qualifier to see who will progress into Sunday’s finals day and who will have to go through the eliminators.
The Kings have been hugely disappointing despite having one of the better squads on paper coming into this tournament and plenty of short format specialists. They are out now but will want to end the tournament on a positive note.
Given the way they played the opening matches, it is impossible to back against the Rajputs here. They were stunning in the opening win and they have plenty of room for improvement still.
When the Paarl Rocks have their full squad available to them, they have possibly the greatest strength and depth of all teams in the tournament. They are missing some key South African internationals including Faf de Plessis for this match.