MSL Jozi Stars vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants Dream11 Cricket Fantasy

MSL T20 2018, Match 2: Jozi Stars vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants – Dream11 Fantasy Tips

Jozi Stars could edge past Nelson Mandela Bay Giants due to their batting power at the high-scoring Johannesburg ground.

Chris Gayle
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Johannesburg will host its first game of the Mzansi Super League when the hosts Jozi Stars and Nelson Mandela Bay Stars face off in the second game of the tournament. This game could catch everyone’s eyeballs as both the teams are filled up with some power-hitters. The Dane Vilas-led Jozi Stars have the world boss Chris Gayle on their side along with Daniel Christian and Rassie van der Dussen.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will be under JJ Smuts, who himself is known for his dashing batting. His team is filled up with the likes of Jason Roy, Christiaan Jonker and young Marco Marais. Both the teams are not full-strength due to international commitments. In the game which is expected to be batsmen dominated, the likes of Junior Dala, Simon Harmer, Eddie Leie and Aaron Phangiso will be having testing times.

Match Details:

The second match of the Mzansi Super League will be played between Jozi Stars and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (5:00 PM GMT) (10:30 PM IST).

Pitch Condition/Report:

The New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg is well known for producing high-scoring matches in limited-overs cricket. The short square boundaries at this venue aid the batsmen along with the flat surface. The warm-up game played prior to the tournament here produced over 400 runs indicating what to expect in the game between Jozi Stars and Bay Giants.

Squads:

Jozi Stars:

Dane Vilas (C), Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle, Rassie van der Dussen, Daniel Christian, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Dwaine Pretorius, Eddie Leie, Petrus van Biljon, Duanne Olivier, Ryan Rickelton, Sinethemba Qeshile, Simon Harmer, Calvin Savage, Shimane Alfred Mothoa.

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants:

JJ Smuts (C), Imran Tahir, Jason Roy, Chris Morris, Junior Dala, Christiaan Jonker, Aaron Phangiso, Ben Duckett, Sisanda Magala, Ryan McLaren, Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, Dyllan Matthews, Lizaad Williams, Rudi Second, Carmi le Roux.

Probable XI:

Jozi Stars:

Dane Vilas (C & wk), Chris Gayle, Rassie van der Dussen, Petrus van Biljon, Ryan Rickelton, Daniel Christian, Calvin Savage, Simon Harmer, Eddie Leie, Duanne Olivier, Beuran Hendricks.

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants:

JJ Smuts (C), Marco Marais, Jason Roy, Heino Kuhn, Christiaan Jonker, Ben Duckett/Rudi Second, Ryan McLaren, Carmi le Roux/Lizaad Williams, Aaron Phangiso, Junior Dala, Sisanda Magala.

Power Picks:

Petrus van Biljon has some good numbers in the T20 format with the bat. Pacer Sisanda Magala has experience under his belt and one of the best bowlers in the South African domestic circuit. Marco Marais is a player to watch out as the young batsman is known for his aggressive intent across all formats.

Best Playing XI:

Dane Vilas, Chris Gayle, Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Marais, Daniel Christian, JJ Smuts, Simon Harmer, Eddie Leie, Christiaan Jonker, Junior Dala, Sisanda Magala.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Johannesburg is one of Chris Gayle’s most productive T20 venues as the West Indian scored a century and two fifties in the five T20 innings. He could find himself moving along in his first game of the tournament. Gayle’s opening partner Rassie van der Dussen has been one of the most-talked players from South Africa recently and the duo can be considered for multiplier options.

Among the players who have dual roles, Daniel Christian and JJ Smuts stand among the profitable bunch. Marco Marais can do enough damage on his day. He is known for scoring big knocks that too at a brisk pace.

Expert Advice:

The South African Internationals – Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada and Reeza Hendricks- are currently part of the one-off T20I in Australia to be played at Carrara Stadium in Queensland. As a result, none of them will be available for the opening game for their respective teams.

Probable Winners:

Jozi Stars could edge past Nelson Mandela Bay Giants due to their batting power at the high-scoring Johannesburg ground.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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