Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions MSL - Nelson Mandela Bay Giants v Cape Town Blitz
Cape Town Blitz are the top-ranked team in the Mzansi Super League but Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have also had two consecutive victories and would be confident going in today's match.
In the reverse encounter that was played between these two teams, Cape Town Blitz beat the Giants by 12 runs. While the bowling of both teams will match up to each other, the batting of Cape Town is a bit stronger.
Giants replaced left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso with Carmi le Roux against Twshane Spartans. As it turned out, Roux dismissed AB de Villiers on his very first ball and will probably retain his spot. Ben Duckett has been their most prolific batsman with 122 runs in four matches at an average of more than 40. Marco Marais and JJ Smuts also have 40+ scores against their name.
Chris Morris and Junior Dala have been the wicket takers with four wickets each. Imran Tahir has not only kept the runs down but has also picked up crucial wickets.
Cape Town Blitz did away with Kyle Verreynne and Anrich Nortje and brought in Dane Piedt and Ferisco Adams in the last game. Adams could not make a mark in that match and Nortje might find a place back in the side.
With the bat, Quinton de Kock, Janneman Malan, Asif Ali and Farhaan Behardien are the top batsmen. Malan has scored more than 200 runs and is the top scorer in the league.
Dale Steyn, George Linde and Dane Piedt will be their lead bowlers. Steyn has gained some form in the tournament and would pose a tough challenge for the Giants batsmen.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
NB Bay Giants- Marco Marais, JJ Smuts (c), Ben Duckett, Wihan Lubbe, Christiaan Jonker, Rudi Second (wk), Chris Morris, Sisanda Magala, Carmi le Roux, Imran Tahir, Junior Dala
Cape Town Blitz- Quinton de Kock (wk), Janneman Malan, Farhaan Behardien (c), Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Andile Phehlukwayo, Ferisco Adams/Anrich Nortje, George Linde, Dane Piedt, Malusi Siboto, Dale Steyn
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Cape Town Blitz
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Quinton de Kock (Cape Town Blitz), Ben Duckett (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Dale Steyn (Cape Town Blitz), Junior Dala (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants)
Most Sixes – Quinton de Kock (Cape Town Blitz), Ben Duckett (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants)
Team Scores Batting First – Cape Town Blitz 150+, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 140+
*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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