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There are just a few matches left in the group stage of the Mzansi Super League 2019 and five out of the six teams still have a lot to play for. Finishing first in the MSL group stage is a big advantage since it guarantees a path straight to the final. Theoretically, either of the top-5 teams could finish first with a few games going their way although the first priority would be to guarantee a place in the top-3.
Jozi Stars and Durban Heat, the two teams in this upcoming match, have very different goals at the moment. While Durban Heat is fighting to make its way into the MSL 2019 playoffs, the Jozi Stars are still looking for their first win of the season.
Jozi Stars vs Durban Heat MSL T20 is going to be played at the New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on the 7th of December 2019.
An improved batting performance by the Jozi Stars in their previous completed match against the Paarl Rocks raised some hopes that they may get their first win of MSL 2019 but the defending champions were unable t0 defend 171.
Reeza Hendricks top-scored with 74 runs to his name and all the other batsmen contributed as well. The addition of Shoaib Malik has helped the side get some more stability in the middle order. He scored 20 runs off just eight deliveries in the previous match and helped boost the Jozi Stars total.
The Jozi Stars certainly seem to have a batting lineup that is capable of winning it matches. Chris Gayle has been let go unceremoniously and Ryan Rickelton does not appear to be up to the job either. Unless Rezza Hendricks scores runs again and the other batsmen find a way to convert their starts into bigger scores, the Jozi Stars are going to continue to be vulnerable.
Kagiso Rabada picked up three wickets in the previous match and showed his best form of MSL 2019 so far. He was quick, accurate, and managed to keep the run-scoring in check. Aaron Phangiso also bowled very well. Duanne Olivier and Lizaad Williams were the two weak links in the bowling attack that now has Shoaib Malik to call upon as well.
It’s hard to come out of a losing run like this especially with nothing left to play for. The Jozi Stars are going to have hope for something special in this match.
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Durban Heat won a very high-scoring match against the Paarl Rocks in its previous match as it chased down 196 with more than an over to spare. While the bowling was pretty disappointing and put to the sword by Cameron Delport and Faf du Plessis, the batting was sensational.
Alex Hales finally came up with one of his trademark big inning and remained not out on 97 at the end. This is one of the real qualities of Alex Hales that he does not let his starts go to waste too often. He either gets out early or makes the opposition really pay.
David Miller also continued his good form with 40 down the order but it was Hales that did most of the work.
Durban Heat also has a problem at the top of the order since Wesley Marshall is not able to provide the starts they need. After him, though, the batting order is fully loaded and looks stronger than the Jozi Stars on current form.
The bowling is a big concern for Durban Heat. It is not feasible to expect the batsmen to bail them out in every match. Wihan Lubbe, Kyle Abbott, Keshav Maharaj, Malusi Siboto, and the all-rounders have been struggling to keep the runs down.
The bowling unit wants to be at its best and not allow a struggling Jozi Stars side to roar back into form.
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The team that wins the toss is going to want to field first. The previous seven completed matches have seen the batting second win six times.
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There is about a 50% chance of rain that has been predicted in Johannesburg on match day. The rain has been a constant annoyance in MSL 2019 and could interrupt the match once again. The pitch at Johannesburg is excellent for batting and will provide plenty of runs to both the teams.
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We are going to stick with the Durban Heat in this match although the law of averages says that the Jozi Stars are bound to get a game right sooner rather than later. The batting superiority of Durban Heat is too big to ignore, though.
Bet on Durban Heat to win.
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