Mzansi Super League 2018- Paarl Rocks vs Durban Heat 18th Match Prediction. The Mzansi Super League has reached that stage of the tournament where teams are going to start playing each other in return fixtures. Paar Rocks and Durban Heat have already faced off once in the tournament. It was a rain-affected match which Paarl Rocks won. We will hopefully have better weather this time around for what should be a good contest.
- Paarl Rocks have the home advantage on their side and they defeated the in-form Cape Town Blitz in their last match at this ground.
- Paarl Rocks also have the psychological edge of having beaten Durban Heat convincingly in their earlier encounter at the Kingsmead.
- Durban Heat have a formidable batting line-up but the likes of Amla, Miller and Klaasen have struggled to score runs at the top.
Our Winner : Paarl Rocks
Who Will Win Durban Heat vs Paarl Rocks, MSL 2018?
The 18th fixture of the ongoing Mzansi Super League 2018 will see Paarl Rocks take on the Durban Heat. The match will be played on December 2 at the Boland Park in Paarl. Live telecast is scheduled to begin at 11 AM local time.
PR vs DH, MSL 2018: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
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Two out of the three matches played so far at the Boland Park in the Mzansi Super League have been won by the side batting first. However, since the wicket at this ground is expected to be good for batting and unlikely to change after the first innings, the team that wins the toss here will probably bowl first.
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Paarl Rocks Team News & Playing 11
PR Team News
Paarl Rocks seem to have no injury issues ahead of this game and they are expected to come up with the same line-up that took the field in the Wednesday’s clash against Durban Heat at the Kingsmead. The team’s decision to give the new-ball duties to Bjorn Fortuin has paid off and the left-arm spinner is likely to open the bowling once again.
PR Key Players
Henry Davids, Aiden Markram and skipper Faf du Plessis are the key men for Paarl Rocks when it comes to batting. Davids has scored the most runs for the team in the tournament and he even top-scored with 46 in the reverse encounter against Durban Heat. du Plessis has already made a mark with a fifty against Cape Town Blitz while Markram too has the potential to play the big innings. The Rocks will turn to the likes of Bjorn Fortuin, Dane Paterson and David Wiese to do the job for them with the ball. Fortuin has been their best bowler in the tournament and he has been very effective with the new ball in the powerplay. Paterson and Wiese are the main threats in this pace attack and they are likely to find a fair amount of support from the surface at the Boland Park.
PR Recent Form
Paarl Rocks got off to a poor start in the Mzansi Super League, losing their very first two matches against Tshwane Spartans and Jozi Stars respectively. They were then re-energized by the return of Faf du Plessis and other South African internationals as they beat Cape Town Blitz and Durban Heat in their next two matches. The Rocks were the first team to defeat the table-topping Blitz and break their winning streak.
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
Durban Heat Team News & Playing 11
DH Team News
Albie Morkel had injured his hand during the recent encounter against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, but fortunately for the Heat, the skipper was declared fit enough to play the next game. Since then, there have been no reports of any further injuries in the side which means they will have the entire squad to choose from for this upcoming match against Paarl Rocks.
DH Key Players
Except David Miller, no other batsman managed to reach the 20-run mark in the earlier encounter against Paarl Rocks. This time, the Heat will be expecting strong contributions from their stalwarts Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma and Heinrich Klaasen. Amla is yet to get going and a big knock from him could be just around the corner. Miller and Klaasen, due to their big-hitting prowess, can quickly take the game away from the opposition. With Vernon Philander not looking at his best, the onus will be on Kyle Abbott and Marchant de Lange to take wickets and apply pressure on the Rocks. Abbott has been the pick of the bowlers and it will be crucial from the Heat’s perspective that he has a good day with the ball. Keshav Maharaj is having a decent tournament and he too could make an impact here with his left-arm spin.
DH Recent Form
Durban Heat are one of the struggling teams in the tournament and they currently find themselves in the bottom-half of the MSL 2018 standings. After being pipped by Cape Town Blitz in their opening encounter, the Heat got the better of Tshwane Spartans in their next match. But they ended up losing the following two matches against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Paarl Rocks respectively.
Durban Heat Predicted Playing 11
- Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Khaya Zondo, Albie Morkel (c), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Brandon Mavuta, Kyle Abbott, Marchant de Lange
PR vs DH Head to Head
Paarl Rocks registered a 32-run victory on account of DLS method when they faced Durban Heat a couple of days ago in a rain-curtailed encounter at Kingsmead. The match was reduced to nine overs per side and the Rocks, after being asked to bat first, finished their innings at 98/2. The Heat were then set a revised target of 113, and in reply, they could manage only 80/6 in their nine overs.
Paarl Rocks vs Durban Heat Prediction
Paarl Rocks have looked an entirely different outfit after the return of the Proteas, particularly their skipper Faf du Plessis as it has freed Henry Davids from the responsibility of captaining the side and has allowed him to concentrate on just his batting. They also have the benefit of playing at their home ground where they slayed Cape Town Blitz last Sunday. Durban Heat are a strong team on paper with plenty of quality players on their roster but they have simply not been able to fire together as a unit. The Rocks were too hot for the Heat last time and we expect them to do the double here.
Final Verdict: Back Paarl Rocks to beat Durban Heat.
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