MSL 2018- Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Paarl Rocks 15th Match Prediction. The Nelson Mandela Bay Giants had to sit through a washout against the Cape Town Blitz in the last match while Paarl Rocks managed to win a rain-affected contest against Durban Heat. Rain has been a central figure in the Mzansi Super League so far and everyone involved in getting this tournament off the ground will be hoping that the rain can relent a little in the upcoming weeks.
The match between the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Paarl Rocks is set to be a good contest. The Giants are sitting at second place on the table with three wins from five matches while Paarl Rocks have moved into third place with two wins from four matches.
Both the sides are in good form and should be keen to play a full, rain-free, cricket match once again.
- Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have the benefit of playing at their home ground where they registered a comfortable nine-wicket win over Durban Heat.
- Paarl Rocks have made a strong comeback into the tournament with convincing victories in their last two matches.
- Paarl Rocks are now looking stronger under the leadership of Faf du Plessis and they have more quality batsmen in their side.
***Paarl Rocks is Our Winner***
Who Will Win Paarl Rocks vs NM Bay Giants, MSL 2018?
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will aim for their third consecutive win when they take on Paarl Rocks in this fifteenth fixture of the Mzansi Super League 2018. The match is scheduled to be played on November 30 at the St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. Live action will begin at 2 PM local time.
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The pitch at the St George’s Park is not expected to change after the first period of play and since it will be tough to determine a safe first-innings score here, the toss-winning captain is more likely to bowl first.
NB Bay Giants Team News & Playing 11
NM Team News
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants are expected to retain the entire line-up that took on Tshwane Spartans in Sunday’s clash at Centurion. None of their players were reported to be injured at the time of writing.
NM Key Players
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will be counting on their top three – Marco Marais, JJ Smuts and Ben Duckett – to score the big runs for them in this match. Duckett is the team’s leading run-getter in the tournament, and at the moment, he seems to be their biggest hope with the bat. Smuts smashed an unbeaten 62 last week against Durban Heat while Marais had a good outing in the last completed encounter against Tshwane Spartans. The Giants rely largely on the likes of Junior Dala, Chris Morris and Imran Tahir to deliver the goods when it comes to bowling. Morris and Dala both have four wickets apiece in this MSL and it will be up to these two fast bowlers to inflict damage on the Rocks during the powerplay. Tahir may not be having too many wickets against his name but his economical bowling has put pressure on oppositions.
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NM Recent Form
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants had to share points with Cape Town Blitz the other night after a relentless spell of rain forced the match to be abandoned without a single ball being bowled. They went into that game on the back of two consecutive wins – they first beat Durban Heat by nine wickets at home before edging out Tshwane Spartans by seven runs (DLS method). The Giants are currently placed second in the MSL 2018 league standings with three wins and a loss from five matches.
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
Paarl Rocks Team News & Playing 11
PR Team News
Paarl Rocks dropped batsman Michael Klinger in the previous game against Durban Heat and brought in bowling all-rounder Patrick Kruger. The latter did not get an opportunity with either bat or ball and so he could be retained for this match against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. The Rocks are coming off a convincing win which is why they may not consider making any changes to their side.
PR Key Players
Henry Davids is doing a good job with the bat. The opening batsman has scored the most runs for the team and is coming off a fine knock of 46 against Durban Heat. He also has a half-century in a T20I at this ground. Apart from him, Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram are the other key figures in this batting group. du Plessis struck a fifty against Cape Town Blitz and he will be looking to deliver a similar performance here. Bjorn Fortuin, Dane Paterson and David Wiese are the major threats in this bowling attack. Fortuin has taken the most wickets for his side – six from four matches. The left-arm spinner claimed outstanding figures of 4-15 against the Blitz and he will be backed by his team for another strong showing with the ball. Paterson and Wiese have also been amongst the wickets and the Rocks will be hoping for them to be at their best on Friday.
PR Recent Form
Paarl Rocks defeated Durban Heat in their last game to register their second consecutive win in the tournament. It was a rain-truncated encounter of nine-overs per side at Durban and the Rocks secured a comfortable 32-run win in the end. Prior to that game, they beat Cape Town Blitz by five wickets at home. The Faf du Plessis-led side currently find themselves third in the MSL 2018 league standings with two wins and as many losses from four matches.
Paarl Rocks Predicted Playing 11
- Henry Davids, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Vaughn van Jaarsveld, David Wiese, Bjorn Fortuin, Patrick Kruger, Dane Paterson, Tshepo Moreki, Tabraiz Shamsi
NB Bay Giants vs Paarl Rocks Betting Odds
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants begin as favorites amongst the bookmakers to win this 15th game of the Mzansi Super League 2018. The home team is being offered at odds of 1.82 on Betfair and 1.80 on both Betway and Bet365. Paarl Rocks, despite hitting form in their last two matches, find themselves as underdogs at a slightly higher price of 1.95 on Betway, 2 on Bet365 and 2.02 on Betfair.
NB Bay Giants vs Paarl Rocks Prediction
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Paarl Rocks are both coming into this match having registered wins in their previous two completed encounters. The former, however, have the home advantage on their side and having beaten the Durban Heat at this ground comprehensively last week will surely add to their confidence. The Rocks, after facing defeats in their opening two matches, have bounced back strongly with wins in their next two outings. Plus, the presence of Faf du Plessis is clearly having a positive impact on the team. Although the Giants have had an impressive tournament so far, we feel they may not be able to overcome the resurgent Rocks in this Friday’s clash.
Final Verdict: Back Paarl Rocks to beat Nelson Mandela Bay Giants at 1.95 on Betway, 2 on Bet365 and 2.02 on Betfair.