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MSL T20 2018, Match 29, Paarl Rocks vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Match Prediction: Who will win the match?

Both sides are in desperate need for a win as a defeat might as well halt their chances of reaching the playoffs.

Grant Thomson
Grant Thomson. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

With the battle for knockout spots intensifying, Paarl Rocks and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will lock horns in a humdinger of an encounter. Despite getting off to a sensational start in the tournament, the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants currently find themselves in a precarious situation.

Both sides are in desperate need for a win as a defeat might as well halt their chances of reaching the playoffs. But the Rocks and the Giants will consider themselves lucky with the extra points they have in their tally due to the matches they lost in rain.

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On paper, Paarl are a scintillating side and it will be difficult for their opponents to match them one-on-one. But NMBG have some experienced campaigners like Imran Tahir and Chris Morris, who can change games in a span of few overs. The final day of the group stages have a couple of crunchy encounters before entering the business end.

Pitch

There’s a good chance that the rain gods might intervene to spoil the fun. It has been over 10 days since a game was played on this track and it seems like the chasing is the best way to go forward. If there’s some rain around, it will be a setback for the Giants who will certainly included their two spinners in the XI.

Playing Combinations

Paarl Rocks

Aidem Markram and Cameron Delport form a stupendous opening pair and with the likes of Faf du Plessis, Grant Thompson and Patrick Kruger coming in the middle order, they have very little to worry about. Their bowling attack has done a tremendous job as well, with Chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi, Dane Patterson and David Wiese picking the bulk of the wickets.

Predicted XI 

Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis (C), Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), David Wiese, Aiden Markram, Dane Paterson, Cameron Delport, Tabraiz Shamsi, Grant Thomson, Patrick Kruger, Kerwin Mungroo

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants

English stalwart Jason Roy has not been at his best this tournament, but on the final day, a good knock from him can win over the fans’ frustration. Skipper JJ Smuts and Heino Kuhn are expected to be at their best for this titanic clash. The experienced spinning duo of Aaron Phangiso and Imran Tahir will be a cause of many problems for the Giants. Chris Morris and Lizaad Williams too will hold a key role with the new ball.

Predicted XI

Heino Kuhn, Jason Roy, Imran Tahir, Aaron Phangiso, JJ Smuts (C), Chris Morris, Ben Duckett, Lizaad Williams, Rudi Second (wk), Christiaan Jonker, Sisanda Magala

Broadcast Details

Live Streaming – Sony LIV

Match Timings – 17:30 IST; 14:00 local

The prediction is for Paarl Rocks to win the match.

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