MSL 2018- Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Jozi Stars 19th Match Prediction. The Nelson Mandela Bay Giants had to endure a rained out match against Capt Town Blitz but followed that up with a convincing win against Paarl Rocks. They now face up to the Jozi Stars, a side that will be very confident after a stunning victory in its last match.
- Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will be playing at their home ground where they outplayed Durban Heat last Friday.
- Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will gain confidence from the fact that they had defeated Jozi Stars in the earlier face-off against them.
- Jozi Stars have a strong bowling attack with Simon Harmer and Beuran Hendricks both looking in good form.
Our Winner : NM Bay Giants
Who Will Win Jozi Stars vs NM Bay Giants, MSL 2018?
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will lock horns with Jozi Stars in this 19th game of the Mzansi Super League 2018. Scheduled to be played on December 2, the match will be hosted by the St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. Live action will begin at 3:30 PM local time.
NMBG vs JS, MSL 2018: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Sony Six, Sky Sports Cricket, OSN Sports Cricket HD, Ten Sports, Channel 9
Live Streaming: SonyLIV, Bet365, Sky Go, OSN Play, SuperSport Live
So far in this tournament, teams have preferred to field first after winning the toss. And with the wicket at the St George’s Park expected to stay the same throughout the game, the toss-winning captain will probably continue the trend of bowling first.
NB Bay Giants Team News & Playing 11
NM Team News
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants do not have any injury issues to deal with heading into this game. We expect them to show up with the same group of eleven that took on the Tshwane Spartans last Sunday at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
NM Key Players
Ben Duckett has been the best batsman for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in this tournament. The Englishman had smashed 75 runs off 45 balls in the reverse fixture against Jozi Stars and he will be expected to play a similar knock here. Openers Marco Marais and JJ Smuts seem to be the team’s next best bets to score runs at the top of the order. The latter has also been among their best bowlers. He notched up a three-wicket haul last time against the Stars and he could trouble them again with his left-arm spin. Fast bowlers Chris Morris and Junior Dala will share the new ball and it will be up to them to push the Stars on the back foot with a few early blows.
NM Recent Form
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have had a pretty good tournament so far. They started off well with three wins in their first four league encounters. After going down to Cape Town Blitz at Newlands, they bounced back with consecutive victories against Durban Heat and Tshwane Spartans. While the Giants have been impressive with the ball, their batting is an area they will need to work on a bit more.
NB Bay Giants Predicted Playing 11
- 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
Jozi Stars Team News & Playing 11
JS Team News
Jozi Stars could pick Dwaine Pretorius ahead of Duanne Olivier for this upcoming match against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. Ryan Rickelton and Reeza Hendricks will continue to open the batting with Rassie van der Dussen coming in next at number three. Kagiso Rabada and Simon Harmer will be leading the Stars’ bowling attack.
JS Key Players
Ryan Rickelton and Rassie van der Dussen have been the most impressive batsmen for Jozi Stars and these two will hold the key to their batting. Reeza Hendricks cracked a half-century recently against Tshwane Spartans and the team will want him to replicate that performance in this match. Skipper Dane Vilas has chipped in with a few decent contributions and he is going to be a key member in the middle order. On the bowling front, the Stars will bank on the likes of Simon Harmer, Kagiso Rabada and Beuran Hendricks to do the damage. Harmer has been their most successful bowler so far and the off-spinner is a top candidate to finish with the best figures in this match. Rabada will look to maintain the pressure on the Giants from the other end and his express pace is what will make him a big threat on this pitch.
JS Recent Form
Jozi Stars find themselves in a desperate situation being stuck in the bottom-half of the points table. They lost their campaign opener to Nelson Mandela Bay Giants by five wickets before thrashing Paarl Rocks by 60 runs in their second match. The Stars, however, failed to build on that win as they suffered back-to-back defeats against Cape Town Blitz and Tshwane Spartans.
Jozi Stars Predicted Playing 11
- Ryan Rickelton, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Dane Vilas (c/wk), Petrus van Biljon, Daniel Christian, Simon Harmer, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Eddie Leie
NMBG vs JS Head to Head
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants secured a five-wicket win over Jozi Stars when these two teams faced each other in the second game of the Mzansi Super League 2018 at Johannesburg. The Giants, after winning the toss and electing to bowl first, restricted the Stars to 124/7. They then successfully chased their target with two overs to spare.
NM Bay Giants vs Jozi Stars Prediction
In addition to the home advantage, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have the psychological edge over Jozi Stars as they defeated them quite comfortably when these two sides met earlier in the tournament. They brushed aside Durban Heat at this ground last week and that too will add to their confidence. Jozi Stars, on the other hand, will be playing under more pressure as they know that they cannot afford any more losses from here onwards. They do have a sharp bowling attack and will fancy their chances if they put up a strong performance with the bat. Nevertheless, the Giants have been faring far better in the tournament and we expect them to come out on top once again.
Final Verdict: Back Nelson Mandela Bay Giants to beat Jozi Stars.