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|Theunis de Bruyn||12||7||0||1||171.43|
|AB de Villiers||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|Tony de Zorzi||9||14||1||0||64.29|
|Carmi le Roux||0.1||0||0||1||0.00|
|Carmi le Roux||8||10||1||0||80.00|
The only team which has not yet played at home in the ongoing Mzansi Super League, South Africa's premier T20 tournament is Tshwane Spartans and their match against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will be the first time they'll be playing at home. The match is set to be played on 25th November 2018 at SuperSport Park, Centurion. This game will present a chance for the Spartans to come neck and neck with Bay Giants in the points table. For Giants, a win here will solidify their position at the top of the order and they'll be looking to do just that.
The Spartans, thus far, have played three matches in the tournament and have won just one game, and that too by a very little margin. They faced the same opponent as Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in their last completed match, Durban Heat, where they ended up being the second best side after posting 139 for 9 in 19 overs just before rain stopped the proceedings.
Although the Spartans ended up being on the losing side, their bowlers did a fairly good job of making a match out of it. They dismissed six of the Heat's batsmen before the match was stopped with Heat being ten runs ahead as per the Duckworth-Lewis method. There was no further play and they registered their second loss of the tournament.
The Spartans haven't played a match ever since, but despite that, they were dealt a major blow when Lungi Ngidi pulled out of the tournament due to knee-injury which he sustained earlier in the tournament. Having said that, they still have a good variety of bowlers available at their disposal and with AB de Villiers in the middle order makes them a formidable unit.
Gihahn Cloete, Theunis de Bruyn, Tony de Zorzi, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Robbie Frylinck, Sean Williams, BMAJ Mendis, Lutho Sipamla, Eldred Hawken, Corbin Bosch.
The Giants played their last game just a day ago wherein they outclassed Durham Heat by nine wickets in a one-sided affair. Bowling first, Giants restricted Heat to a meager total of 128 which Giants cruised to in the eighteenth over.
Before the match, there were doubts about the form of skipper JJ Smuts which he cleared following his unbeaten 62-run knock which consumed just 52 deliveries. Ben Duckett, who's been in scintillating form, remained unbeaten on 21 as Giants sealed the deal.
Although Jon-Jon Smuts played a fine innings to take them home, the script was written an hour earlier when Chris Morris and Junior Dala bowled beautifully with ample support from the rest of the bowlers to restrict heat to a below-par total. The return of Chris Morris and Imran Tahir has certainly reignited their confidence as the duo has imparted superb balance to the side.
JJT Smuts, Marco Marais, Ben Duckett, Christiaan Jonker, RS Second, Wihan Lubbe, Chris Morris, SSB Magala, Carmi le Roux, Junior Dala, Imran Tahir.
A lot was expected of AB de Villiers in the competition and although he himself has been brilliant so far, he hasn't got much support from anyone except their openers. The Giants, on the other hand, have been all about team-work where almost everyone has contributed for them at least one in their last three matches. Playing at home, the Spartans are expected to do better, but we believe that the Giants are better placed to win the upcoming fixture much largely due to a better-balanced team with both bowling and batting covered well.
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