Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Tshwane Spartans, Eliminator T20 Match Prediction 13 Dec 2019

Mzansi Super League 2019

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Tshwane Spartans, Eliminator T20 Match Prediction

2019-12-14

St George's Park, Port Elizabeth

St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants

7.20 144/8 in 20.0
8.30 166/4 in 20.0

Tshwane Spartans

7.20 144/8 in 20.0
8.30 166/4 in 20.0
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
Cricbettingbuzz Toss Winner - Nelson Mandela Bay Giants won the toss and chose to bowl first
Cricbettingbuzz Tshwane Spartans beat Nelson Mandela Bay Giants by 22 runs

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Tshwane Spartans cricket betting odds

NMBG 1.40
TSHS 2.75

NMBG vs TSHS Prediction

Manish Khorgade

Would Tshwane Spartans ride their luck to beat Nelson Mandela Bay Giants?

  • The Spartans and the Giants have clashed in four games in the MSL history with the Giants winning 2, losing 2 and 1 match ending in no-result.
  • The Giants won 6 matches of out of the 10 played in this season whereas the Spartans managed only 3 wins as 5 matches ended in no-result.
  • In MSL 2019, Ben Dunk (380 Runs) and Imran Tahir (16 Wickets) playing for the Giants are the highest run scorer and wicket taker respectively.

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants to win!

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Match Preview

The group stages of the MSL 2019 are done and dusted. It was a close fight between Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Paarl Rocks for the top spot. Both teams ended on the same points in the end but Paarl Rocks secured the top spot courtesy better head-to-head record against the Giants.

The Rocks have beaten the Giants in both the league matches this season. The fight was equally fierce for the third spot between Tshwane Spartans and Durban Heat. Both ended on the league stage with 3 wins and 5 no-result games.

However, a bonus point edged Tshwane Spartans ahead to secure a spot in the top three. As per the format of the tournament, Paarl Rocks move directly to the final. Spartans and the Giants would play each other in an eliminator on 13th December 2019 to decide who plays Paarl Rocks in the grand finale at Paarl. Brace yourself for the virtual semi-final of MSL 2019 this Friday.

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Teams Preview

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants might rue the chance to top the table in their last league game, a virtual semi-final, against Paarl Rocks. They lost the match by 12 runs and ended up second in the points table despite having the same points as that of Paarl Rocks by virtue of worse head-to-head record this tournament. The Rocks batted first and scored decent but chasable 168 in the 20 overs. The Giants, however, could manage only 156 for the loss of six wickets by the end of the second innings.

The crucial moment in the match was the run-out of the captain JJ Smuts who took his time and looked set to steer Giants home. Smuts is among the top 10 run-scorers of the tournament and second-highest run scorer for the Giants behind Ben Dunk. Heino Kuhn did fight till the end but even he could score the 23 needed off the last over to secure a win and top spot for the Giants. The Giants have, arguably, been the best team of the tournament so far. They have 2 batsmen - Ben Dunk and JJ Smuts - among the top run scorers and 3 bowlers – Imran Tahir, Junior Dala, and Chris Morris, among the top 10 wicket-takers with Imran Tahir topping the list. The Giants have all the bases covered and it would be a shame if they don’t reach the finals.

Key Players: Ben Dunk, Imran Tahir, Junior Dala

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants Actual Playing XI:

Ben Dunk, Heino Kuhn, Akhona Mnyaka, Nandre Burger, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, Matthew Breetzke, RN ten Doeschate, JJ Smuts, Imran Tahir

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants Key Players From Previous Game
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
H Kuhn 58 43 4 1 134.88
B Dunk 27 19 3 0 142.11
M Marais 21 16 0 1 131.25
Bowlers O M R W Econ
I Tahir 4.0 0 14 2 3.5
A Mnyaka 3.0 0 23 1 7.67
M Nabe 2.0 0 21 1 10.5
Bowlers O M R W Econ
I Tahir 4.0 0 14 2 3.5
A Mnyaka 3.0 0 23 1 7.67
M Nabe 2.0 0 21 1 10.5
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Nelson Mandela Bay Giants Predicted Playing XI

JJ Smuts (c), Ben Dunk (wk), Matthew Breetzke, Heino Kuhn, Ryan ten Doeschate, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Akhona Mnyaka, Imran Tahir

Tshwane Spartans

Unarguably Tshwane Spartans are the luckiest team of the MSL 2019. Despite winning just 3 of the 10 league games they are just a win away from the shot at the championship. They will play Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in the eliminator on Friday. The Spartans needed a win or an abandonment of the match to secure the third spot whereas Cape Town Blitz needed a win. However, the rain gods favored the Spartans who secured crucial two points in a no-result game.

There was still a chance of Tshwane Spartans not reaching the top three if Durban Heat had managed to beat so far winless Jozi Stars in the last league game of the season. However, that match was a washout too handing the third sport to Tshwane Spartans on a platter. The washout against the Giants earlier in the tournament when the Spartans were 33 for 4 and also the one against Cape Town Blitz, who have more wins than the Spartans in the league stage and who had beaten the Spartans earlier in the league, were the crucial no-result games that helped Spartans secure a place in the top three.

Would luck keep favoring the Spartans or would the Giants, clearly a batter team in this tournament, make it to the final?

Key Players: AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi

Tshwane Spartans Actual Playing XI:

AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, RE Van Der Merwe, Heinrich Klaasen, Imran Manack, Lutho Sipamla, Tony de Zorzi, Morne Morkel, D Wiese, Corbin Bosch, PJ van Biljon

Tshwane Spartans Key Players From Previous Game
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Bowlers O M R W Econ
Bowlers O M R W Econ
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Tshwane Spartans Predicted Playing XI

Heinrich Klaasen (c & wk), AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Tom Curran, Lungi Ngidi, Petrus van Biljon, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla

Pitch And Weather Conditions

There have been no washouts at this venue in MSL 2019. The conditions on Friday are going to be sunny, humid with a bit of breeze. Perfect conditions to play the game of cricket. The day time temperature will be around 26°c and at night it would be around 18°c.

Venue Details

The match is scheduled to be played at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth. This is a home venue for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. It's a very good surface for batting and there have been some high scoring successful chases at this venue in the MSL 2019 – highest being the chase of 189 runs by the Giants against the Spartans.

Toss Prediction

The conditions at St George's Park remain true for batting through the match. The scores of above 185 have already been chased twice at this venue in this season. Of the 5 matches in MSL 2019, 3 have been won by teams batting second. The team winning the toss should bowl first here.

Winning Prediction

The rains are completely out of the picture on Friday. The Spartans would have to perform on the field to get to finals. A team that has players like AB de Villiers is never out of the game. However, the Giants have been a consistent team throughout the MSL 2019 and they have many match-winners in their ranks, especially Ben Dunk and Imran Tahir. The Spartans would have to put up their A-game and even that may not be enough against this Giants team. Thus, we predict Nelson Mandela Bay Giants to win the eliminator to reach the finals.

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants to win!

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