2019 Mzansi Super League – Tshwane Spartans vs Paarl Rocks Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Tshwane Spartans vs Paarl Rocks taking place? Friday 29th November, 2019 – 15:30 (UK)

Where is Tshwane Spartans vs Paarl Rocks taking place? SuperSport Park, Centurion

What is the expected weather for Tshwane Spartans vs Paarl Rocks? 33c with sunshine and the occasional cloudy interval

What television channel is Tshwane Spartans 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 Tshwane Spartans vs Paarl Rocks in the UK? The match can be streamed live on the BT Sport app

Where can I get tickets for Tshwane Spartans vs Paarl Rocks? Visit the official MSL website for ticket information

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Tshwane Spartans beat Paarl Rocks by 8 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

TSHWANE SPARTANS

  • Tshwane Spartans are the only unbeaten team left in the tournament after Nelson Mandela Bay Giants lost on Wednesday as they have won two matches and had three washed out but they will be keen to get a win here and consolidate their top three spot.
  • The depth of the batting line-up continues to be key and different batsmen have produced the goods in different matches so far with Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers and Pite van Biljon all looking in good touch so far.
  • Wiaan Mulder has come into the side and made tidy contributions with bat and ball so it would be no surprise if he retained his place and if the Spartans go unchanged that beat the Jozi Stars last time out and looked in impressive form all round.

PAARL ROCKS

  • Paarl Rocks are arguably the form team in the Mzansi Super League right now having won their last three matches with their last one coming against the previously unbeaten Nelson Mandela Bay Giants to demonstrate their credentials in this year’s tournament.
  • The spin duo of Bjorn Fortuin and Tabraiz Shamsi continue to be vital to this bowling unit but the victory over the Bay Giants highlighted the strength in depth as all five bowlers took two wickets to bowl them out for 135.
  • James Vince topscored for the third time in the last four matches against the Bay Giants but they will be buoyed by the fact that Davids, Delport and Du Plessis all chipped in with important knocks and their middle to lower order are blasting short but vital knocks late on to bolster them, and they will surely go unchanged for this match.

THE PREDICTION

This has all the makings of being a classic match of T20 cricket with two extremely well balanced but quality teams on show. Both sides possess explosive batsmen, deep batting line-ups, and quality bowling attacks making it incredibly difficult to pick between the two teams. The spin duo of Fortuin and Shamsi is excelling right now and may just give the Rocks the edge over the Spartans. That said, the Spartans have home advantage and this really could come down to which of the team’s batsmen click into gear. Taking everything into account, the Rocks are marginally preferred.

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