The 4th match of the Mzansi Super League 2019 will be played between Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Jozi Stars at the St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.
Jozi Stars had a good start to the season despite their 15-run loss to Cape Town Blitz. When you see that the Stars’ bowlers let the opposition score 200+ you would not think very highly of the bowling.
However, their bowlers in the death, particularly Daniel Christian stood out and did not allow the opposition batsmen to run off with the game. Each of Simon Harmer, Dane Patterson and Daniel Christian picked up one wicket each.
In reply, Rassie van der Dussen, as expected, was the highest run-scorer with 80 runs from 50 deliveries. Temba Bavuma and Reeza Hendricks also contributed 30s but the last punch was missing in the final few overs, which is why the team fell short by 15 runs.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants ended at the fourth spot last year with 4 wins and 4 losses from 10 matches. Their six-wicket defeat against Paarl Rocks marked their end of the MSL 2018 season.
Imran Tahir and Chris Morris will lead the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants’ bowling attack. Jason Roy and Ben Dunk bring in batting power in their ranks.
Let’s have a look at the squads of both teams:
JOZI STARS: Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle (Windies), Rassie van der Dussen (retained player), Reeza Hendricks (retained player), Daniel Christian (Australia, retained player), Temba Bavuma, Duanne Olivier (retained player), Simon Harmer, Ryan Rickelton (retained player), Aaron Phangiso, Lizaad Williams, Sinethemba Qeshile (retained player), Nono Pongolo, Eathan Bosch, Delano Potgieter
NELSON MANDELA BAY GIANTS: Imran Tahir, Jason Roy (England), Chris Morris (retained player), Jon-Jon Smuts (retained player), Junior Dala (retained player), Farhaan Behardien, Beuran Hendricks, Matthew Breetzke, Onke Nyaku, Ben Dunk (Australia), Heino Kuhn (retained player), Marco Marais (retained player), Grant Thomson, Akhona Mnyaka, Nandre Burger
Who will win the toss? – Jozi Stars
Who will win? – Jozi Stars
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Rassie van der Dussen (Jozi Stars), Jason Roy (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Kagiso Rabada (Jozi Stars), Imran Tahir (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants)
Most Sixes – Rassie van der Dussen (Jozi Stars), Jason Roy (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants)
Man of the Match – Rassie van der Dussen
Team Scores Batting first – Jozi Stars 190+, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 175+
Match Handicap Jozi Stars
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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