Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Tshwane Spartans will lock horns today (Tuesday) at the St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth in the 23rd game of the Mzansi Super League 2019.
These two teams are equal on points and very close on points table after having played seven games apiece. Surprisingly though, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have won and lost a game more than Tshwane Spartans, who have seen three of their matches ending without a result due to weather.
An intriguing battle is on the card as the second- and third-placed teams will be eyeing to consolidate their position. An impressive win can also enable the two teams topple table toppers Paarl Rocks.
John Smuts has been the in-form batsman for Nelson Madela Bay Giants with 205 runs from 7 matches at an impressive average of 41 and a phenomenal strike rate of 140. Ben Dunk too has also contributed a valuable 179 runs from 6 outings. On the bowling front, Junior Dala and Imran Tahir have been consistent performers with 11 and 10 wickets respectively, including a three-wicket haul each. Tahir has also been economical, conceding just 5.84 runs per over.
Seasoned pro AB de Villiers (184 runs) and Dean Elgar (180) runs are the mainstay in Tshwane Spartans’ batting. In bowling, Morne Morkel (with wickets from 6 games) is still looking for an able support from the other end.
However, it will not be easy or appropriate to pick one favourite in this battle of equals.
Tshwane Spartans: Theunis de Bruyn, Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen (c, wk), Petrus van Biljon, Tom Curran, Roelof van der Merwe, Wiaan Mulder, Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants: Jason Roy, Matthew Breetzke, JJ Smuts (c), Ben Dunk (wk), Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, Onke Nyaku, Nandre Burger, Junior Dala, Imran Tahir.
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