Tshwane Spartans are yet to play a completed game and have four points from a couple of called off ties. In their previous match against the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, the hosts were reduced to 33 for the loss of four wickets in 7.1 overs. With their backs pushed to the walls, the heavens opened up and the match was called off at 19:36 local time.
Their next match is against the Paarl Rocks in the second of Sunday’s doubleheader at the Boland Park in Paarl. The Rocks, on the other hand, started with an 86-run victory over the Cape Town Blitz at home. Their second game against Durban Heat was abandoned. From two matches, the Rocks have seven points with a Net Run Rate of +4.300, the best thus far among the six teams in the MSL.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in the first game at Boland Park was a rather slow one. Getting runs in the powerplay will be crucial as later, it may get difficult. Batting first should be the way forward for both the teams. There are no chances of rain and a full-game without interruption could be expected. The temperature will be around the 22 degrees Celsius mark with the humidity mostly in the 30s.
The Rocks top-order was impressive in their only game. Henry Davids, Faf du Plessis, and Dwaine Pretorius scored in the 30s but got them in pretty quick succession. Cameron Delport looked in ominous touch as well. The middle-order needs to perform a bit better though. Tabraiz Shamsi and Bjorn Fortuin looked in a good rhythm. Viljoen, Udana, and Adams also did their job effectively.
Henry Davids, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis (C), Dwaine Pretorius, Hardus Viljoen, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Isuru Udana, Ferisco Adams, Sibonele Makhanaya, Bjorn Fortuin, Tabraiz Shamsi
The Spartans need to sort their top-order woes. Theunis de Bruyn, Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Dean Elgar got out on single-digit scores. Heinrich Klaasen got out after scoring 12 with a couple of fours. A lot will depend on AB de Villiers in the middle. The bowling attack will be led by the pace trio of Lutho Sipamla, Lungi Ngidi, and Morne Morkel. Roelof van der Merwe is the specialist spinner.
Theunis de Bruyn, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen (C & WK), Petrus van Biljon, Roelof van der Merwe, Corbin Bosch, Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla
Probable Top Performers
Faf du Plessis– Paarl Rocks | Vaughn van Jaarsveld- Tshwane Spartans
TV – Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD
Online– Sony Liv
Match Timings – 17:30 IST, and 14:00 local.