Mzansi Super League Today Match Prediction (MSL 2019): Durban Heat vs Jozi Stars
December 10, 2019
Durban Heat host last placed Jozi Stars in a vital Mzansi Super League 2019 game on Tuesday. Cape Town Blitz’s 1st washed out game of the competition, against Tshwane Spartans, meant the Blitz were knocked out of the tournament. Meanwhile, it gave hopes to Heat, who would have been knocked out of the MSL 2019 had the Spartans won the game.
The equation is fairly simple for the Heat. They need to win to book the Eliminator clash against Nelson Mandela Giants.
Meanwhile, Jozi Stars have earned 4 points in their last 2 games courtesy of 2 back to back washed out games, including their last against Durban Heat on Saturday. They had lost their first 7 games in a row but would be eager to play spoilsport by registering their 1st win of the campaign.
Durban Heat’s performance in MSL T20:
Durban Heat have bounced back in some style in the tournament, winning 3 of their last 4 games (1 washed out) after 3 of their first 4 games were washed out. They chased down a big total of 196, riding on the back of Alex Hales’ unbeaten 97.
Their bowlers are still struggling- they conceded 195 and could only pick up 2 wickets in their last game, against Paarl Rocks.
Jozi Stars’s performance in MSL T20:
Mzansi Super League 2018 champion Jozi Stars would be looking to end the campaign with at least 1 win. They have seen points in their successive matches, via rain, but are still without a win after 9 games.
Jozi Stars will be steered by their skipper Temba Bavuma from the front when they host Heat. He will be assisted by Van der Dussen and Reeza Hendricks to reinforce their batting line-up. Despite having the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Aaron Phangiso, Stars have failed to showcase a strong bowling attack on a consistent basis.
The balance of the batting XI now looks much better with the introduction of Shoaib Malik into the middle order, taking pressure off those ahead of him.
Malik is also a handy bowling option and loves contributing in every department.
Durban Heat vs Jozi Stars: Predicted XI
Wesley Marshall, Alex Hales, Wihan Lubbe, Dane Vilas (C & WK), David Miller, Ravi Bopara, Andile Phehlukwayo, Malusi Siboto, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Marco Jansen.
Reeza Hendricks, Ryan Rickelton, Temba Bavuma (C), Rassie van der Dussen, Shoaib Malik, Sinethemba Qeshile (wk), Daniel Christian, Lizaad Williams, Kagiso Rabada, Aaron Phangiso, Duanne Olivier.
Pitch Report for today’s MSL T20 match:
Rain is expected to intervene in the game. With the cloud cover around, a few overs might be deducted in case of a shower. The wicket will be beneficial to batsmen. However, the external conditions could assist the bowlers as well. The new ball might swing a bit and cause some trouble to the batsmen.
2 of the 4 games at the venue have been washed out so far while team batting first has won 1 game and so have the team batting second.
Average first innings score: 158 (Last 4 full MSL games at Kingsmead)
Durban Heat vs Jozi Stars: Today’s match Prediction
- Jozi Stars are still winless after 9 games and are staring at a horrific tournament which might see them finish without a win. They have showed signs of improvement in the last few games and might spring a surprise here.
- Stars’ Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier have 8 and 7 wickets respectively. That has placed Rabada in the top 10 list of the top wicket takers in the current edition.
- Malusi Siboto and Andile Phehlukwayo are Heat’s most successful bowlers with 7 and 6 wickets respectively. Expect them to add to their tallies if the game progresses.
- However, Stars dominate in the batting department with Reeza Hendricks in the top 5 and Bavuma among the top 10 run getters with 275 and 232 runs respectively. Hendricks is also the top scorer in the history of Mzansi Super League, having scored 687 runs.
- There’s no Durban Heat batsman in the top 10. However, David Miller, Wihan Lubbe and Alex Hales follow immediately – on 13th, 15th and 16th with 184, 175 and 160 runs respectively. Expect them to break into that list. Meanwhile, Miller averages 61, 2nd best in the tournament. Only his teammate Ravi Bopara is ahead of him- with an average of 87.