2019 Mzansi Super League – Tshwane Spartans vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Tshwane Spartans vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants taking place? Wednesday 13th November, 2019 – 15:30 (UK)

Where is Tshwane Spartans vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants taking place? SuperSport Park, Centurion

What is the expected weather for Tshwane Spartans vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants? 25c with a chance of rain throughout the day

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

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

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

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Tshwane Spartans beat Nelson Mandela Bay Giants by 28 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

TSHWANE SPARTANS

  • Tshwane Spartans were frustrated in their opening match as the clash with Durban Heat on Saturday was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to the weather so they split the points and will be eager to get their campaign under way here.
  • The Spartans look to have a really well balanced side at their disposal but they will rely heavily on AB de Villiers as usual for some power hitting in the middle order and they will need the likes of Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn and Heinrich Klaasen to score at a quicker rate than they are often accustomed to.
  • The bowling attack has an impressive look about it with Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Roelof van der Merwe, Tom Curran and Waqar Salamkheil forming an outstanding unit that will cause high-quality batting line-ups plenty of problems.

NELSON MANDELA BAY GIANTS

  • Nelson Mandela Bay Giants are coming off an opening win against Jozi Stars on Sunday as after posting a competitive 167/7 from their 20 overs, they bowled incredibly well to restrict the Stars to just 143/5 to win by 24 runs.
  • They had to rely heavily on their middle order guiding them to that total as Heino Kuhn and Farhaan Berhardien hit 47 and 48 respectively to ease them out of the difficulties they found themselves in at 48/4.
  • Many have been surprised at the inclusion of Ben Dunk who has struggled in this format for some time now while Jason Roy was out for a second-ball duck, so the top order will have to improve here, but they can rely on their underrated bowling attack led by Dala, Morris and Tahir to give them a chance of winning any game.

THE PREDICTION

After having their first game washed out, Tshwane Spartans will be hoping to finally get their MSL 2019 campaign under way against the Bay Giants. The Port Elizabeth outfit played extremely well to beat Jozi Stars on Sunday but they will have to be at their best here. The Spartans' bowling attack looks formidable and they can take advantage of the fragile nature of the Bay Giants' top order. They have five or six quality options offering opponents very little respite, and that will make the difference with their solid batting line-up helping guide them to victory.

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