Centurion, December 12 at 10:30 PM IST
The last group encounter of Mzansi Super League 2018 will witness bottom placed Durban Heat locking horns with AB de Villiers’ led Tshwane Spartans at SuperSport Park, Centurion on Wednesday night.
Durban Heat registered 6 wickets win in their last encounter against table-topper Cape Town Blitz which is their second win of the tournament in a total of nine encounters so far. This win came after six straight defeats against the rest of the oppositions. Prior to this, Heat registered 10 runs win under the DLS method against Tshwane Spartans in their second fixture. With the final clash scheduled against Tshwane Spartans, Heat would be eyeing to carry their momentum and salvage their pride.
Tshwane Spartans faced a crushing 101 runs drubbing against Jozi Stars in the last encounter and are almost knocked out of the tournament. Apart from securing a thumping win against Durban Heat to avail bonus points, Spartans need a lot of prayers to somehow cradle to the third position. However, as the dream is almost over, Spartans would be hoping to play for the pride and end the tournament on a high.
In a must-win encounter for Spartans, Jozi Stars won the toss and elected to bat. Batting first, hosts posted a mammoth 239-4 which is also the tournament’s best with the help of an unbeaten 118-run stand between Dan Christian and R Van Der Dussen. R Van der Dussen blasted 96* off 44 balls while Daniel Christian struck unbeaten 52 off just 19 deliveries.
Coming to chase, Spartans middle order fell like a pack of cards in front of Man of the match Nono Pongolo – 6 wickets of just 20 runs in a spell of four overs. Spartans were booked for 138 in 17.2 overs and fell short of 101 runs.
When both the teams met at Durban for the first encounter, Heat turned out to be the winner by 10 runs under the DLS method. Put into bat first, Tshwane Spartans managed 139-9 with the help of Gihahn Cloete’s 55 of 43 deliveries at the top.
In response, Durban Heat were 129-6 in 16.3 overs when the rain came into play and Heat were announced as the winner under DLS method by 10 runs.
With both the teams playing for their pride, a close encounter is expected to take place tonight.
Durban Heat- Sarel Erwee, Albie Morkel (c), David Miller, Brandon Mavuta, Prenelan Subrayen, Temba Bavuma, Khaya Zondo, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Tladi Bokako, Okuhle Cele, Morne van Wyk, Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Keshav Maharaj, Marchant de Lange, Vernon Philander
Tshwane Spartans- Jeevan Mendis, AB de Villiers (c), Lungi Ngidi, Dean Elgar, Andrew Birch, Rory Kleinveldt, Sikandar Raza, Eldred Hawken, Robbie Frylinck, Lutho Sipamla, Theunis de Bruyn, Tony de Zorzi, Sean Williams, Eoin Morgan, Gihahn Cloete (wk), Shaun von Berg, Rilee Rossouw
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Here’s how both the sides might line-up for tomorrow’s encounter:-
Wicket-keeper: Morne van Wyk
Batsmen: Khaya Zondo, Temba Bavuma, Sarel Erwee, David Miller
All-rounder: Albie Morkel
Bowlers: Marchant de Lange, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott
Wicket-keeper: Gihahn Cloete
Batsmen: Tony de Zorzi, Dean Elgar, Eoin Morgan, Andrea Agathangelou, AB de Villiers
All-rounder: Jeevan Mendis, Robbie Frylinck
Bowlers: Lutho Sipamla, Shaun von Berg, Corbin Bosch
Fantasy picks from Durban Heat
K Zondo – 241 runs in 9 innings || M van Wyk – 204 runs in 8 innings || D Miller – 105 runs in 8 innings
A Morkel – 121 runs and 2 wickets in 8 games
Kyle Abbott – 10 wickets in 9 innings || M de Lange – 7 wickets in 7 innings || R Khan – 5 wickets in 3 innings
Fantasy picks from Tshwane Spartans
G Cloete – 311 runs in 9 innings || D Elgar – 202 runs in 8 innings || AB de Villiers – 189 runs in 9 innings
J Mendis – 16 wickets in 9 innings || L Simpala – 13 wickets in 9 innings || A Birch – 6 wickets in 5 innings
Fantasy Tip: Vernon Philander is ruled out of the tournament
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