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MSL 2018- Paarl Rocks vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 29th Match Prediction

MSL 2018- Paarl Rocks vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 29th Match Prediction. With business end of the ongoing Mzansi Super League not really far away, things are beginning to get tighter. The race to get to the final-four spots is now between five teams with Durban Heat already knocked out of the competition. The next match, between Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Paarl Rocks, is of significant importance with fate of three teams hanging on this game. A win for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will take them through leaving the fate of Rocks in the hands of other teams. For Rocks to qualify, they need to win and win in such a fashion that their net run rate gets better than Nelson Mandela Giants.

Betting Tips

  • Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have the psychological edge of having beaten Paarl Rocks convincingly earlier in the tournament.
  • Paarl Rocks have the advantage of playing at their home ground and they have won the last two matches they have played here.
  • Paarl Rocks are coming on the back of a win while Nelson Mandela Bay Giants faced defeats in their last two completed matches.
Our Pick- Paarl Rocks

Who Will Win NM Bay Giants vs Paarl Rocks, MSL 2018?

Paarl Rocks and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will be going head-to-head in this 29th fixture of the Mzansi Super League 2018 in their bid to bolster their chances of a top three finish. This penultimate league-stage game will be played on December 12 at the Boland Park in Paarl. Live telecast is scheduled to begin at 2 PM local time.

PR vs NMBG, 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

Toss Prediction

The pitch at the Boland Park is not expected to change after the first innings. And also since the last two matches played at this ground have been won by the chasing side, the team that wins the toss here on Wednesday is more likely to field first.

MSL 2018- Paarl Rocks vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 29th Match Prediction

MSL 2018- Paarl Rocks vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 29th Match Prediction

Paarl Rocks Team News & Playing 11

PR Team News

Paarl Rocks went in with three changes to their side in their previous match against Jozi Stars. They dropped Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Bjorn Fortuin and Tshepo Moreki and replaced them with Grant Thomson, Patrick Kruger and Kerwin Mungroo. The Rocks won their last game and so they are expected to come up with an unchanged line-up. Tabraiz Shamsi will be the lone spinner in the side.

PR Key Players

Faf du Plessis is leading from the front and he is the in-form batsman for Paarl Rocks. The skipper is amongst the tournament’s top five batsman and has scores of 61, 61, 38 and 76* in his last four innings. Aiden Markram cracked a fifty in the reverse encounter and he will be expected to take the team off to a blazing start. Grant Thomson is coming off an unbeaten 71 against Jozi Stars and the Rocks will find themselves in a strong position if he comes up with a similar performance. Dwayne Bravo, Dane Paterson and Tabraiz Shamsi are the main threats in this bowling attack. Shamsi has been the team’s most successful bowler with nine wickets in seven matches and the left-arm chinaman will look to build pressure on the batsmen with his tight bowling. Paterson was the pick of the lot last time against the Giants while Bravo will be the key for the Rocks in the death overs.

PR Recent Form

Paarl Rocks have won four and lost five out of their nine league matches and are currently occupying the fourth spot in the MSL 2018 standings with 17 points. After facing back-to-back defeats against Tshwane Spartans and Cape Town Blitz, they pulled off a six-wicket win over Jozi Stars in their last game at Johannesburg. The Rocks put up an impressive show with the bat last time as they successfully chased down the Stars’ total of 170.

Paarl Rocks Predicted Playing 11

  • JJ Smuts (c), Jason Roy, Rudi Second (wk), Ben Duckett, Heino Kuhn, Christiaan Jonker, Chris Morris, Sisanda Magala, Aaron Phangiso, Lizaad Williams, Imran Tahir

NB Bay Giants Team News & Playing 11

NMBG Team News

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants drafted Chris Morris, Lizaad Williams and Aaron Phangiso into their playing eleven in place of Ryan McLaren, Carmi le Roux and Junior Dala for their last game against Tshwane Spartans. The Giants are heading into their final league match without any injury worries and we expect them to retain the entire group of eleven from last time.

NMBG Key Players

JJ Smuts and Ben Duckett have been the most consistent performers with the bat for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. Skipper Smuts has scored the most runs for his side – 208 in 8 matches which includes a couple of half-centuries. Duckett weighed in with a knock of 47 last time out against Tshwane Spartans. Heino Kuhn, who struck a fifty in the reverse fixture, will be the team’s biggest hope in the middle order. Jason Roy was dismissed for just one run in the last game and the opener will look to bounce back strongly. Chris Morris and Smuts have been the best bowlers for the Giants with eight and seven wickets respectively, and it will be up to these two to do the job for their team with the ball. Imran Tahir has been very economical and the leg-spinner could once again stifle the batsmen with his miserly spells. Paarl Rocks will also be wary of Sisanda Magala who took a three-wicket haul against them last time.

MSL 2018- Paarl Rocks vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 29th Match Prediction

MSL 2018- Paarl Rocks vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 29th Match Prediction

NMBG Recent Form

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants are third in the MSL 2018 league standings with four wins, three losses and a couple of washouts from their nine matches. They currently have 21 points in their kitty and a win here will assure them of a spot in the Eliminator. The Giants faced a 28-run loss in their last game against Tshwane Spartans. Prior to that, they were thrashed by Jozi Stars by 81 runs at Port Elizabeth before having to share points with Durban Heat in a washed out game at the Kingsmead.

NB Bay Giants Predicted Playing 11

  • JJ Smuts (c), Jason Roy, Rudi Second (wk), Ben Duckett, Heino Kuhn, Christiaan Jonker, Chris Morris, Sisanda Magala, Aaron Phangiso, Lizaad Williams, Imran Tahir

Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)

PR : W L L W L

NMBG : L NR L W NR

PR vs NMBG Head to Head

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants beat Paarl Rocks by 48 runs when these two teams last faced-off against each other in the 15th match of the Mzansi Super League 2018 at the St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. The Giants elected to bat first after winning the toss and posted 168/9 in their 20 overs. They then bowled out the Rocks for 120 in the final over to seal a comfortable victory.

NM Bay Giants vs Paarl Rocks Betting Odds

Paarl Rocks begin as the bookmakers’ favorites to win this 29th match of the Mzansi Super League 2018. The home team is being offered at odds of 1.75 on Betway and 1.30 on Betfair. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, on the other hand, find themselves as outsiders for this game and they have been priced higher at 1.95 on Betway and 2.16 on Betfair.

Paarl Rocks vs NM Bay Giants Prediction

This is a must-win game for both the teams, particularly for Paarl Rocks whose campaign will come to an end if they lose. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants also need a win to confirm their place in the playoffs, otherwise their chances of advancing further will depend on the results of other teams. So there will be plenty of pressure on either side and the team that manages to hold its nerve will emerge victorious. The Giants certainly have the upper hand in the fact that they had defeated the Rocks earlier in the tournament. However, they are coming off defeats in their last two completed matches as opposed to the Rocks who have gained momentum with a win in their last match. Paarl Rocks are playing at home and having won their last two matches at this ground will make them feel a lot more confident. Although both the teams appear equally strong on paper, we feel that the scales are tipped slightly more in favor of the hosts.

Final Verdict: Back Paarl Rocks to beat Nelson Mandela Bay Giants at 1.75 on Betway and 1.30 on Betfair.

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