Durban Heat are struggling to find a win as they have lost all of their last four matches. This game will be played at the Kingsmead cricket ground in Durban which is the home ground of Durban Heat. However, they have lost two of the three matches played at this ground.
Morne van Wyk and Khaya Zondo have performed decently well for the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants but they would expect the big guns in David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen to step up their game. Both Miller and Klaasen have not had too much success till now and their performance will have a big say in deciding the result of the match.
Rashid Khan has also joined the team and will play a huge part not only with the ball but with the bat lower down the order. Along with him, Kyle Abbott and Vernon Philander will be the other lead bowling options.
Durban Heat will depend on Ben Duckett, JJ Smuts and Marco Marais who have been their chief run-getters. Duckett has scored 149 runs from six matches. Captain JJ Smuts cracked an unbeaten 52 in the reverse fixture against Durban Heat.
In the bowling department, Junior Dala and Chris Morris are likely to trouble the opposition with their pace. Both of them took two wickets each in the reverse encounter and are expected to dish out good performances. Imran Tahir will be the major weapon with spin and would test the skill of the Giants' batsmen.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
NM Bay Giants- Morne van Wyk (wk), Sarel Erwee, Khaya Zondo, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Albie Morkel (c), Keshav Maharaj, Vernon Philander, Rashid Khan, Kyle Abbott, Tladi Bokako
Durban Heat- Marco Marais, JJ Smuts (c), Ben Duckett, Heino Kuhn, Christiaan Jonker, Rudi Second (wk), Chris Morris, Sisanda Magala, Aaron Phangiso, Junior Dala, Imran Tahir
Who will win? – Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – David Miller (Durban Heat), Ben Duckett (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Imran Tahir (Durban Heat), Rashid Khan (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants)
Most Sixes – David Miller (Durban Heat), Ben Duckett (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants)
Team Scores Batting First – Durban Heat 140+, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 160+
*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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