2019 Mzansi Super League – Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Paarl Rocks Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Paarl Rocks taking place? Wednesday 27th November, 2019 – 15:30 (UK)

Where is Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Paarl Rocks taking place? St George's Park, Port Elizabeth

What is the expected weather for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Paarl Rocks? 24c and sunny

What television channel is Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Paarl Rocks on in the UK? The match will be shown live on BT Sport/ESPN HD (Sky channel 423)

Where can I stream Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Paarl Rocks in the UK? The match can be streamed live on the BT Sport app

Where can I get tickets for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Paarl Rocks? Visit the official MSL website for ticket information

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Paarl Rocks beat Nelson Mandela Bay Giants by 6 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

NELSON MANDELA BAY GIANTS

  • Nelson Mandela Bay Giants come into this match top of the MSL ladder and they preserved their unbeaten start to the season thanks to a thrilling victory over Durban Heat at the weekend whom they edged past with five wickets and one ball to spare.
  • Chris Morris was the matchwinner with the bat for them as he hit the winning runs as they chased down Heat’s 160/5 but once again it was a strong all-round team performance with Roy’s half century along with Tahir and Burger’s economical bowling all playing a key role for them.
  • They have been without the injured Farhaan Berhardien in the last three matches and he has now been ruled out of the tournament so the team have moved to sign all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate and there is a good chance the Dutchman will step straight into the side after arriving from T10 League duty in Abu Dhabi.

PAARL ROCKS

  • Paarl Rocks had an excellent week last week by beating Jozi Stars by four wickets and the Cape Town Blitz by two runs in a thriller, and those results have seen them move up to second in the MSL ladder to make this a top-of-the-table clash in Port Elizabeth.
  • The batting continues to be a major strength for the Rocks and they will expect Vince, Davids and Pretorius to lead the way once again but they have still to see the best from Faf du Plessis and Cameron Delport so far as the duo have combined for just 112 runs from their eight innings so far so there is more to come.
  • Once again their spinners were key to victory at the weekend against the Blitz with Shamsi and Fortuin enjoying outstanding performances but they will hope for more from paceman Udana and Viljoen who are both going for over nine runs per over right now.

THE PREDICTION

This promises to be a fascinating game in Port Elizabeth between the top two teams in the Mzansi Super League. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have been the best and most consistent team in the tournament so far and they will be keen to continue this excellent run. Paarl Rocks have plenty of quality within their ranks and they will want to prove that the Bay Giants are not invincible, but they will have to be at their best. The Bay Giants' bowling unit, and their pace attack especially, has a clear edge over the Rocks' attack, but this could come down to which batting line-up clicks into gear. The Bay Giants bat deep but the Rocks have some big-hitters and heavy scorers which gives them a chance of victory. Difficult to pick between these two, but the Bay Giants have more ways to win and home advantage on their side.

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