MSL 2019: Match 8, Jozi Stars vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants: Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details

MSL 2019: Match 8, Jozi Stars vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants: Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details

After three defeats on the trot, can the Stars finally open their account in the tournament?

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Jozi Stars, the defending champions of the Mzansi Super League (MSL) have got off to a horrendous start this season. The team, led by Temba Bavuma, slumped to back-to-back defeats at the hands of the Cape Town Blitz, the last defeat coming by 57 runs at the Newlands in Cape Town. The Stars lost their other match against the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and are the cellar dwellers.

In their fourth match, the Stars will again lock horns with the Giants, this time at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. On the other hand, the Giants, captained by JJ Smuts, have looked clinical thus far. After rolling over the Stars, their bowlers got the Tshwane Spartans by the scruff of their neck before rain played spoilsport. Last year, the Giants beat the Stars by 5 wickets in Johannesburg.

Pitch and Conditions

The opening game at the Wanderers produced 411 runs and only 8 wickets went down. Bowling in the powerplay won’t be an easy task on the batting belter. The conditions will be bright and sunny with the temperature around the 26 degrees Celsius mark. There won’t be dew and track may become slower due to the scorching heat. Hence, batting first should be the way forward.

Team Combination

Jozi Stars

The Stars have already tried out 15 players in three games, which depict the travails they have had. Barring Reeza Hendricks and skipper Bavuma, who have 155 and 133 runs respectively, none of the other batters have made an impact. Aaron Phangiso has an economy of 6.28, picking up a couple of wickets. Harmer has 4 wickets, but leaking runs at 9.22. Rabada hasn’t been at his best either.

Probable XI

Chris Gayle, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma (C), Rassie van der Dussen, Ryan Rickelton (wk), Daniel Christian, Simon Harmer, Gerald Coetzee, Kagiso Rabada, Aaron Phangiso, Lizaad Williams

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants

The Giants bowling has impressed thus far. Chris Morris has been exceptional, picking 3 wickets at an economy of 4.66. Junior Dala also has as many wickets, though at 8.40. Imran Tahir and Nandre Burger has rates of 6 each. Jason Roy can explode any time. Matthew Breetzke and skipper Smuts can play the big shots. Farhaan Behardien and Heino Kuhn looked in great touch versus the Stars.

Probable XI

Jason Roy, Matthew Breetzke, Ben Dunk (wk), JJ Smuts (C), Farhaan Behardien, Heino Kuhn, Chris Morris, Nandre Burger, Junior Dala, Onke Nyaku, Imran Tahir

Probable Top Performers

Temba Bavuma– Jozi Stars | Jason Roy- Nelson Mandela Bay Giants

Broadcast Details

TV – Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD

Online– Sony Liv

Match Timings – 16:00 IST, and 12:30 local.

The prediction is for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants to win the match.