Jozi Stars vs Durban Heat, 27th T20 Match Prediction2019-12-08
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
Durban Heat eye a win against bottom-ranked Jozi Stars, who are yet to win a game in this tournament!
Durban Heat to win the match!
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As the tournament is progressing towards the end of the league round, both, the level of game and excitement to reach the knock-out are rising. The clash between Jozi Stars and Durban Heat is expected to be another spectacular one, where the Stars would fight to claim their eluding win in the tournament and Durban Heat would look to win the game to stay in the tournament to compete for the knock-out rounds. If DH wins at least one of their remaining two games, they hold a very good chance to make it to the top three.
Alex Hales’ unbeaten 97 recently against Paarl Rocks has kept the hopes of DH alive, while JS is already out of the race despite skipper Temba Bavuma’s noteworthy batting display in the tournament.
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Jozi Stars had 7 consecutive losses in this tournament before their match against Tshwane Spartans was abandoned due to rain. The washed-out game came to their rescue as the Stars finally opened their account with 2 points. The Stars lost the first game of the tournament by just 15 runs while chasing CTB’s total of 213 runs despite Hendricks’ heroic innings of 80 runs.
This started the never-ending losing streak of Jozi Stars. A few impressive innings from Bavuma and Hendricks could not earn them a win as yet. Winning the last two games is the only point of focus for the team management, as they face Durban Heat only in their next two remaining games of the season.
In MSL 2019, Reeza Hendricks (275 runs in 7 innings) and Temba Bavuma (232 runs in 6 innings) are the leading run-scorer for JS, while Kagiso Rabada (8 in 7 matches) and Olivier (7 wickets in 5 matches) are the key strike bowlers. Key Players - Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rabada, Reeza Hendricks
In the first four games of the season, Durban Heat played only one full game, which they lost against Cape Town Blitz, while rest three games were abandoned due to rain. After losing NMBG in the fifth game, Durban Heat bounced back with three consecutive wins over CTB, NMBG and Paarl Rocks as their hopes for the knock-out stage is still alive.
Durban Heat broke NMBG’s record of highest run-chase of the tournament by successfully chasing Paarl Rocks’ 196 runs in 18.5 overs thanks to Alex Hales’ unbeaten 97 runs off just 55 balls, which included 4 sixes. Miller (22 balls 40) played a crucial role too in claiming DH’s third victory of the season. Despite rain-impacted first half, DH has enough points as they can still cruise to the playoffs.
With Hales getting some runs, Durban Heat’s batting looks better. In this season, David Miller (184 runs in the last 6 innings) is the most successful batsman for Durban Heat, followed by Wihan. Malusi Siboto (7 wickets in 6 innings) and Phehlukwayo (6 wickets in 6 innings) are the key bowlers for DH. Key Players: Alex Hales, David Miller, Dane Vilas, Keshav Maharaj
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On the match day, the weather is forecasted to be a moderate or heavy rain shower. Daytime temperature will reach 21°c while nighttime minimum temperature is expected to be around 15°c.
The match is scheduled to be played at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. The average first and second innings score on this surface is 164 and 151. The highest total here is 236, which is also the most successful run-chase by West Indies against South Africa.
Wanderers is a good batting surface. The surface remains true even in the second innings enabling the chasing team an even chance to win the game. The team winning the toss should opt to bowl first here.
With 2 washed-out matches and 3 wins, Durban Heat has collected 18 points and they are just 3 points below the third-ranked team in the points table. Alex Hales’ impressive innings which led the team to the win against Paarl Rocks kept DH alive in the tournament, boosting the team’s morale.
Durban will rely on their solid batting unit against Jozi Stars, who look dismal without a single win from their 8 outings. Thus, our prediction is that Durban Heat would defeat bottom-ranked Jozi Stars.
Durban Heat to win the match!
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