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The Nelson Mandela Bay Giants had to sit through a washout against the Cape Town Blitz in the last match while Paarl Rocks managed to win a rain-affected contest against Durban Heat. Rain has been a central figure in the Mzansi Super League so far and everyone involved in getting this tournament off the ground will be hoping that the rain can relent a little in the upcoming weeks.
The match between the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Paarl Rocks is set to be a good contest. The Giants are sitting at second place on the table with three wins from five matches while Paarl Rocks have moved into third place with two wins from four matches.
Both the sides are in good form and should be keen to play a full, rain-free, cricket match once again.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Giants would not have been too displeased with the points they received for a rained out game, Cape Town Blitz has been one of the strongest sides in the MSL so far and getting points against it may have proved to be difficult.
The Giants are not a weak side themselves, though. They are being captained by Smuts and he has led the batting by example. He is the highest scorer of the side right now and opens the batting for the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants.
The top-3 for the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have been in very good form and are largely responsible for the early success of the side. Marais, Smuts, and Duckett will once again be the biggest threat to the Paarl Rocks bowling attack.
It is not uncommon for T20 sides to have a longish tail but with players like Chris Morris, Christiaan Jonker, Second, and others, the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants has a deep batting lineup to depend upon.
The power-hitting is also not a concern thanks to Chris Morris but he is still to play a vital role with the bat.
The bowling for the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants is led by three international bowlers. Imran Tahir, Junior Dala, and Chris Morris. Imran Tahir is exceptional in this format of the game and has proved his excellence around the world. He has started the Mzansi Super League in good form too.
Chris Morris and Junior Dala have also been among the wickets. Both the bowlers generate some real pace and have benefitted from the seam movement available in humid conditions.
Marco Marais, JJT Smuts, Ben Duckett, Heino Kuhn, Christiaan Jonker, RS Second, Chris Morris, SSB Magala, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir, Junior Dala.
Paarl Rocks won its second game in succession as rain intervened in its game against the Durban Heat and made it into a 9 over shootout. The Rocks batted first and made 98 runs for the loss of two wickets before rain ensured they could not bat for any longer.
The DLS adjusted score given to Durban Heat was 113 and they never even got close to that.
There were some very good signs for Paarl Rocks while batting. Henry Davids continued to bat well and top-scored with 46 off just 25 deliveries with three sixes to his name. Aiden Markram also played a good inning of 29 from 20 deliveries.
Markram and du Plessis have made a huge difference to the side ever since they have joined the Paarl Rocks and their form will dictate the fortunes of the Paarl Rocks in the MSL this year. Faf du Plessis played a matchwinning inning last time around and so the signs look encouraging moving forward.
If players like Mosehle, van Jaarsveld, and David Wiese can also contribute with the bat then Paarl Rocks starts to look like a formidable side.
Another very valuable player to the side right now is Fortuin. He bowled one over and managed to get both the openers out in the last match while he took four wickets against Cape Town Blitz as well. This incredible ability to bowl in the powerplay and pick up wickets is helping Paarl Rocks mask some of the problems it has with its bowling attack.
Dane Paterson, David Wiese, and Tabraiz Shamsi are all quality bowlers but all three of them have the tendency to be very expensive on bad days. We believe that Paarl Rocks is a side that is prone to both a batting collapse and a bowling disaster which makes it quite unpredictable.
Against the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Faf du Plessis will be hoping that Fortuin can continue to pick up early wickets otherwise Smuts and company could really get stuck in and make them pay.
Henry Davids, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Mangaliso Mosehle, VBV Jaarsveld, D Wiese, Bjorn Fortuin, Patrick Kruger, Dane Paterson, TL Moreki, Tabraiz Shamsi.
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The current weather forecast suggests we are going to have a dry even if a slightly cloudy day in Port Elizabeth on match day. That is welcome news to everyone’s ears because a number of potentially thrilling contests in the MSL have been spoiled by rain.
The Pitch in St.George’s Park is usually good for batting but also has a little something in it for the bowlers. We don’t think the curator is going to leave too much grass on it and try to roll out as flat a deck as possible.
Paarl Rocks is a side in good form coming into this match with two wins. It is a side that seems to be out-performing its potential at the moment. The Nelson Mandela Bay Giants looks like a better side to us on paper and one which should win this contest on most days.
Back the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants to win.
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