by Alastair Symondson Tuesday 11 December 2018
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants would be going into this match as favorites having beaten Paarl Rocks convincingly in the previous encounter.
The Rocks are also playing at their home ground at the Boland Park where they have won both their last two matches. Additionally, the Rocks won their last match while the Giants were beaten in both of their last two completed encounters. So check out the bookmakers for your bets or click on the advertising below for the best odds on this match.
Paal Rocks dropped Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Bjorn Fortuin and Tshepo Moreki for Grant Thomson, Patrick Kruger and Kerwin Mungroo the last time around. Having won the match, they are not expected to change their winning combination.
Skipper Faf du Plessis has been marshalling his troops very well. On an individual level as well, the captain is among top five batsman of the league with scores of 61, 61, 38 and and unbeaten 76 in his last four innings.
Aiden Markram and Grant Thomson have also found form. Dane Paterson and Tabraiz Shamsi along with Dwayne Bravo would be the biggest threats with the ball.
The Giants also made wholesale changes by replacing Ryan McLaren, Carmi le Roux and Junior Dala with Chris Morris, Lizaad Williams and Aaron Phangiso in their playing XI but are expected to go with the same combination in this game.
JJ Smuts and Ben Duckett will open the batting for the Giants. Skipper Smuts has been the highest run-getter for the side. Duckett also has a couple of brilliant performances to his credit. Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Lizaad Williams and Imran Tahir would form a potent bowling attack for the Giants.
Let’s have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Paarl Rocks- Cameron Delport, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Mangaliso Mosehle, Dwayne Bravo, Patrick Kruger, David Wiese, Grant Thomson, Dane Paterson, Kerwin Mungroo, Tabraiz Shamsi
NB Bay Giants- JJ Smuts (c), Jason Roy, Rudi Second, Ben Duckett, Heino Kuhn, Christiaan Jonker, Chris Morris, Sisanda Magala, Aaron Phangiso, Lizaad Williams, Imran Tahir
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Faf du Plessis (Paarl Rocks), Ben Duckett (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Tabraiz Shamsi (Paarl Rocks), Imran Tahir (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants)
Most Sixes – Faf du Plessis (Paarl Rocks), Ben Duckett (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants)
Team Scores Batting First – Paarl Rocks 140+, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 155+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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