Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will be eyeing to consolidate their position atop the Mzansi Super League points table as they meet hosts Cape Town Blitz at the Newlands stadium today (Friday).
The home team placed fifth in the six-team league have the real challenge of rising to the third position as only top three teams enter the knock out stage. The table topper will play the final directly, whereas the second- and third-placed teams will battle it out in the eliminator for the second berth in the final.
The Quinton d Cock-led Cape Town Blitz will have to overcome a huge net run rate deficit and eliminator appears a distant dream as they are up against the best side of the tournament.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants are well aware any adverse result may pull them down from the pinnacle as only a thin difference separates them and Paarl Rocks in the No. 2 position, who have played all their nine league games. The Bay Giants will confirm a direct place in the final if they manage split points at Newlands tonight (Friday).
Cape Town Blitz: Quinton de Kock (C & WK), Janneman Malan, David Bedingham, Liam Livingstone, Mohammad Nawaz, Vernon Philander, Wahab Riaz, Aviwe Mgijima, Sisanda Magala, Dale Steyn, Anrich Nortje, Asif Ali, George Linde, Marques Ackerman, Gregory Mahlokwana and Khwezi Gumede.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants: Matthew Breetzke, Ben Dunk (WK), JJ Smuts (C), Heino Kuhn, Ryan ten Doeschate, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Akhona Mnyaka, Imran Tahir, Jason Roy, Grant Thomson, Dyllan Matthews, Nandre Burger, Onke Nyaku.
The match is scheduled to start at 9 pm (India time). Fans in India can catch the action LIVE and Exclusive on SONY SIX & SONY SIX HD. The feed will also be streamed LIVE on SonyLIV.