Mzansi Super League 2018- Durban Heat vs Jozi Stars 23rd Match Prediction. Durban Heat is all but out of the reckoning for a playoff spot after losing five out of its first six games. Things are not going to get easier for the side, though, as it prepares to take on the in-form Jozi Stars. A run of wins has seen the Jozi Stars jump up to 2nd place on the league table and the top spot is within reach as well.
Another win with a bonus point will see the Jozi Stars displace Cape Town Blitz from its current top spot on Mzansi Super League Standings.
Durban Heat has failed to make the best use of its resources and must find a way to motivate its players as the season winds down. It is not going to be easy considering the chances of making it to the final are very slim, however, if they play with freedom then they could make some noise towards the end of the tournament.
- Jozi Stars are brimming with confidence after three successive wins which includes a 50-run thrashing of Cape Town Blitz in the last match.
- Jozi Stars also hold the psychological advantage as they had registered a thumping 53-run win over Durban Heat earlier in the tournament.
- Durban Heat will be playing at their home ground and will look to play fearlessly as they now have nothing to lose.
Our Winner : Jozi Stars
Who Will Win Jozi Stars vs Durban Heat, MSL 2018?
Jozi Stars, after winning their last three matches in a row, will look to extend their momentum when they go up against the desperate Durban Heat. This 23rd fixture of the Mzansi Super League 2018 will be played on December 7 at the Kingsmead in Durban. Live telecast of the match is scheduled to start at 2 PM local time.
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DH vs JS, MSL 2018: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
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The Kingsmead has hosted three MSL matches so far and out of those, two have been won by the side batting second. Since the pitch at this ground is not expected to change after the first period of play, the team that wins the toss here in this match is more likely to field first.
Durban Heat Team News & Playing 11
DH Team News
Durban Heat made three changes in their side for the last match against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants – Heinrich Klaasen, Tladi Bokako and Brandon Mavuta were dropped and replaced by Temba Bavuma, Rashid Khan and Marchant de Lange. Since the game ended in a washout, we expect the Heat to retain the entire group of eleven for this Friday’s clash against Jozi Stars.
DH Key Players
Morne van Wyk, Khaya Zondo and David Miller are the biggest hopes for Durban Heat from this misfiring batting line-up. van Wyk and Zondo have scored the most runs for them in the tournament. The former had cracked a half-century in the reverse fixture against Jozi Stars and the team will want him to score big once again. Miller has scored 52 runs in his last three innings and he is the key man in this middle order. The Heat’s bowling will depend mainly on Kyle Abbott, Marchant de Lange and Keshav Maharaj. Abbott has been their most successful bowler with seven wickets in as many matches and with Vernon Philander not at his best, the onus will be on him to put pressure on the Stars in the powerplay. Maharaj is having the best economy rate of the three bowlers and the left-arm spinner will be expected to tie down the batsmen in the middle overs.
DH Recent Form
The washout against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants has dashed Durban Heat’s hopes of a playoffs berth which means they are the first team to get eliminated from the Mzansi Super League 2018. With just a solitary win, five losses and six points in the bag from seven league encounters, the Heat still find themselves at the bottom of the standings. They are coming into this match having faced defeats in their last four completed matches.
Durban Heat Predicted Playing 11
- Sarel Erwee, Morne van Wyk (wk), Khaya Zondo, David Miller, Temba Bavuma, Albie Morkel (c), Rashid Khan, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Marchant de Lange
Jozi Stars Team News & Playing 11
JS Team News
Jozi Stars’ batting has received a big boost with the return of the explosive West Indian batsman Chris Gayle. He opened the batting alongside Reeza Hendricks in the last match against Cape Town Blitz and the two will be opening the innings once again. While Ryan Rickelton made way for Gayle, Dwaine Pretorius and Eddie Leie were the two bowlers to be dropped last time. Seamers Nono Pongolo and Duanne Olivier were both given a game and their impressive showing means they will probably be retained. We, therefore, expect the Stars to go unchanged for this upcoming match.
JS Key Players
Reeza Hendricks is going great guns for the Jozi Stars. The opening batsman is currently right at the top of the tournament’s runs charts with 346 runs which includes two centuries and as many half-centuries. He cracked an unbeaten ton in the reverse fixture and is coming off a 48-ball 79 against Cape Town Blitz. Apart from him, the spotlight will be on Rassie van der Dussen who has also been amongst the runs and Chris Gayle, who on his day, can single-handedly turn the game in his team’s favor. Duanne Olivier is the MSL’s second-best bowler with 11 wickets in 5 matches while Beuran Hendricks with 9 wickets in 6 matches has been the team’s next-best option with the ball. Kagiso Rabada had claimed a four-fer and finished with the best figures in the earlier encounter against Durban Heat. Jozi Stars will want this pace troika to be at its best on Friday.
JS Recent Form
Jozi Stars have overhauled Nelson Mandela Bay Giants to move to the second spot in the MSL 2018 points table with an emphatic 50-run victory over log leaders Cape Town Blitz in their last encounter at the Newlands. This was their third consecutive win in the tournament after having previously defeated Durban Heat and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants by 53 runs and 81 runs respectively. The Stars now have 20 points in the bag after winning four and losing three out of their seven league matches.
Jozi Stars Predicted Playing 11
- Chris Gayle, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Dane Vilas (c/wk), Petrus van Biljon, Daniel Christian, Simon Harmer, Nono Pongolo, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Duanne Olivier
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
DH : NR L L L L
JS : W W W L L
DH vs JS Head to Head
Jozi Stars recorded a crushing 53-run victory when they faced Durban Heat earlier in the tournament at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. The Stars were put into bat first and racked up a massive total of 230/3 in their 20 overs. The Heat, in reply, got bowled out for 177 in the 19th over.
Jozi Stars vs Durban Heat Betting Odds
Jozi Stars begin as favorites amongst the bookmakers to win this 23rd match of the MSL 2018. While Betfair is offering odds of 1.64 on them, Betway and Bet365 both have them fixed at 1.66. Durban Heat have been struggling since the start of the tournament and they are the underdogs for this game at odds of 2.15 on Betway, 2.20 on Bet365 and 2.24 on Betfair.
Durban Heat vs Jozi Stars Prediction
Durban Heat, after sharing points with Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in their last match, now cannot possibly make it past the league stage even if they win all their remaining three matches. Having already been knocked out of the race for the playoffs, the Heat will be playing without any pressure and this could work in their favor. Jozi Stars, on the other hand, have the momentum with them as they are coming on the back of three consecutive wins, and each of those wins was secured in a very convincing fashion. Durban Heat have been underwhelming with the bat throughout this tournament and we don’t expect them to beat the in-form Jozi Stars.
Final Verdict: Back Jozi Stars to beatDurban Heat at 1.64 on Betfair and 1.66 on both Betway and Bet365.
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