Mzansi Super League 2018- Jozi Stars vs Paarl Rocks Eliminator Match Prediction. The Eliminator of the Mzansi Super League has been set and it will be the Jozi Stars that host Paarl Rocks to meet Cape Town Blitz in the finals. The inaugural year of the MSL was a very exciting one and we are sure that the tournament is going to be a staple for domestic South African cricket in the years to come.
- Jozi Stars have the advantage of playing at their home ground and they have won two of their last three matches here.
- Paarl Rocks got the better of Jozi Stars when the two teams faced each other last time at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
- Jozi Stars have their top three batsmen in terrific form while Paarl Rocks rely heavily on their skipper Faf du Plessis to score runs.
Our Pick : Jozi Stars
Who Will Win Paarl Rocks vs Jozi Stars, MSL 2018 Eliminator?
Jozi Stars and Paarl Rocks will be eyeing that second spot in the final when they face each other in the Eliminator of the Mzansi Super League 2018. Scheduled to be played on December 14, the match will be hosted by the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg – the home ground of the Stars. Live action is scheduled to start at 7 PM local time.
JS vs PR, MSL 2018 Eliminator: 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 will be key at the Wanderers where the wicket has tended to offer more support to the bowlers after the first period of play. And also since three of the last four matches played at this ground have been won by the side batting first, the toss-winning captain will probably opt to bat first.
Jozi Stars Team News & Playing 11
JS Team News
Chris Gayle has flown back home due to his mother’s demise and will not be taking further part in the tournament. Jozi Stars have replaced the West Indian with Ryan Rickelton who will be opening the innings alongside Reeza Hendricks. They also made one tactical change in the last game against Tshwane Spartans, bringing Beuran Hendricks in place of Dwaine Pretorius. The Stars have no injury concerns going into this game and we expect them to come up with an unchanged line-up.
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JS Key Players
The top three in Reeza Hendricks, Ryan Rickelton and Rassie van der Dussen hold the key for Jozi Stars when it comes to batting. van der Dussen is leading the MSL 2018 runs charts with 410 runs. He has scores of 78 and 83* in the reverse fixtures and is coming off an unbeaten 44-ball 96 against Tshwane Spartans. Hendricks is the third-highest run-getter in the tournament and is having a strike-rate of 152.82 while Rickelton has had two good hits in his last four innings. On the bowling front, the Stars will bank on the pace trio of Duanne Olivier, Kagiso Rabada and Beuran Hendricks to do the job for them. Olivier is currently the tournament’s best bowler with 18 wickets, 5 of which were taken in the two matches against Paarl Rocks. Rabada and Hendricks, with 12 and 10 wickets respectively, will share the new ball and look to dent the Rocks with early strikes.
JS Recent Form
Jozi Stars earned a bonus point in their massive 101-run victory over Tshwane Spartans in their final league match at Johannesburg. They put up a brilliant performance with both bat and ball, first scoring a mammoth 239/3 before bowling the opposition out for 138. The win guaranteed them a second spot on the points table and a home game in the Eliminator. The Stars have finished the league-stage with six wins and four losses from ten matches.
Jozi Stars Predicted Playing 11
- Reeza Hendricks, Ryan Rickelton, Rassie van der Dussen, Dane Vilas (c/wk), Petrus van Biljon, Daniel Christian, Simon Harmer, Beuran Hendricks, Duanne Olivier, Nono Pongolo, Kagiso Rabada
Paarl Rocks Team News & Playing 11
PR Team News
Paarl Rocks dropped Patrick Kruger in their previous match against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants owing to a string of underwhelming performances with the bat and he was replaced by Henry Davids who will once again open the batting along with Cameron Delport. Faf du Plessis will continue to bat at number three while Aiden Markram has been pushed down to number four. The Rocks secured a convincing victory last time and they are expected to go unchanged for this do-or-die encounter.
PR Key Players
Faf du Plessis has been the most consistent performer with the bat for Paarl Rocks in the Mzansi Super League 2018. The skipper has cracked four half-centuries in the tournament and is having an impressive strike-rate of 156.65. Apart from him, Henry Davids and Grant Thomson have had good hits against Jozi Stars in the reverse encounters. Cameron Delport found form in the last game Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, smashing 84 off 45 balls and he too could score crucial runs at the top. Dwayne Bravo, Tabraiz Shamsi and Dane Paterson have all picked 10 wickets apiece and these three will pose the biggest threat to the Stars. Bravo has been the team’s best bowler and his ability to bowl tight spells towards the backend of the innings makes him a special player in this line-up. Shamsi has the best economy rate of the lot and his left-arm spin will be more than handy on this flat pitch.
PR Recent Form
Paarl Rocks have finished third in the MSL 2018 standings at the end of the league round having won five and losing as many from their ten matches. After losing to Tshwane Spartans at Centurion and Cape Town Blitz at the Newlands in back-to-back encounters, the Rocks came back strongly in the tournament with consecutive wins over Jozi Stars and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. They were very impressive with the ball last time as their bowlers restricted the Giants to a meagre 129.
Paarl Rocks Predicted Playing 11
- Cameron Delport, Henry Davids, Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Dwayne Bravo, David Wiese, Grant Thomson, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Kerwin Mungroo, Dane Paterson, Tabraiz Shamsi
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
JS : W L W W W
PR : W W L L W
JS vs PR Head to Head
Both the teams have won once each in the two matches they have played against each other earlier in the tournament. While Jozi Stars registered a crushing 60-run win in the first of those encounters at the Boland Park, it was Paarl Rocks who emerged victorious by six wickets in the round 2 clash at Johannesburg. When the two sides locked horns last Sunday, the Stars scored 170/6 in their 20 overs after being asked to bat first. The Rocks, in reply, got off to a shaky start before Faf du Plessis and Grant Thomson steered them to victory in the end.
Paarl Rocks vs Jozi Stars Betting Odds
Jozi Stars are favorites to win the Eliminator of the Mzansi Super League 2018 at odds of 1.87 on Betfair and 1.72 on both Betway and Bet365. Paarl Rocks find themselves as the underdogs amongst the bookmakers. They are currently being offered at a higher price of 2 on Betway, 2.10 on Bet365 and 2.12 on Betfair.
Jozi Stars vs Paarl Rocks Eliminator Prediction
Paarl Rocks and Jozi Stars have played really well to reach the playoffs and it could go all the way down to the wire when these two teams clash on Friday. The Rocks have the momentum on their side with wins in their last two matches and one of those wins came against the Stars last Sunday. However, the latter have the home advantage on their side and they have two wins in their last three matches at this venue. The Rocks, on the other hand, have lost three of their last four matches played away from home and this is something that will make their opponents feel more optimistic. Jozi Stars have won five of their last six league encounters and we feel they have a better chance of grabbing the second spot in the final.
Final Verdict: Back Jozi Stars to beat Paarl Rocks at 1.87 on Betfair and 1.72 on both Betway and Bet365.