Who will win Durban Heat vs Jozi Stars, MSL 2019?
Durban Heat can beat the miserable Durban weather, they go into their final MSL 2.0 league phase match as favourites to beat Jozi Stars and book their play-off place. The match is scheduled to take place at Kingsmead on December 10 and the live action begins at 10:00 local time.
Durban have won three matches so far and lost two, but the weather means results have not been possible in four other matches – including the reverse fixture of this game, scheduled for last week. They need a win to leapfrog Tshwane Spartans, who have also been battered by the weather but sit three points ahead in third place.
Jozi Stars, meanwhile, only have points on the table because of two no results from their last two games. The defending champions have otherwise lost all seven matches they have played.
DH vs JS, MSL 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
Live TV: SABC3, Global Sports Commerce
Live streaming: SABC
DH vs JS Toss Prediction
Despite their poor results, Jozi Stars have actually been generally quite fortunate at the toss. Durban Heat will be keen to win this one then, if play goes ahead, and could look to field first at Kingsmead.
DH vs JS Weather Report
Showers are forecast all day in Durban, with a 50 per cent chance of rain when this game is supposed to go ahead. That only gets worse throughout the day – if the match does not start on time, it seems unlikely to start at all.
DH vs JS Pitch Condition
Kingsmead tends to favour the seamers, with overhead conditions further aiding the bowlers too.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Durban Heat vs Jozi Stars, MSL 2019...
Durban Heat Team News & Playing 11
DH Team News
After Alex Hales led Durban Heat’s record chase last time they got a game in, the Heat could be unchanged for this match against Jozi Stars. That would mean Wesley Marshall opening with the big-hitting Englishman. Kyle Abbott was their most expensive out-and-out bowler, but he did take a wicket and it is unlikely he will be dropped.
DH Key Players
Alex Hales: Smashed nine fours and four sixes on his way to 97* from 55 balls to lead Durban Heat to victory against Cape Town Blitz. It followed his 41 in the previous game and continued his timely return to form.
Dane Vilas: The captain started the turnaround, scoring 75* in the win against Cape Town Blitz and adding another 25 against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in the next game too. He now has 12 T20 half-centuries.
Andile Phehlukwayo: The Proteas all-rounder has taken six wickets in the tournament so far and is a useful lower-order batsmen when needed too. He was wicketless last time out, but also comparatively economical.
DH Team Form
Durban Heat have won their last three completed matches to give themselves a chance of reaching the play-offs. Dane Vilas hit 75* to lead a chase of 182 to beat Cape Town Blitz by seven wickets; David Miller hit 50* as they scored 177/4 to beat Nelson Mandela Bay Giants by six wickets; and, last time out, Alex Hales led a record MSL chase as he hit 97* and the team 197/4 in another six-wicket win, this time against Paarl Rocks.
Durban Heat Predicted Playing 11
Wesley Marshall, Alex Hales, Wiaan Lubbe, David Miller, Dane Vilas (c, wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, Ravi Bopara, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Malusi Siboto, Daryn Dupavillon
Jozi Stars Team News & Playing 11
JS Team News
The defending champions have endured two washouts since their last match, in which they endured a seventh straight defeat. Shoaib Malik has come into the team to replace Chris Gayle, as planned, but has only been able to play that one game so far. The bowling attack has chopped and changed, meanwhile, due to the poor run of form. Lizaad Williams could make way as a result.
JS Key Players
Reeza Hendricks: Despite the team’s poor form, his own batting has been good. He hit 80 and 62 in the first two matches and returned to form with 74 in the defeat to Paarl Rocks last time out. He has 275 runs in total so far.
Kagiso Rabada: Took three wickets last time out, to make it five in two games against Paarl Rocks and issue another reminder as to why he is so revered as a T20 bowler.
Shaoib Malik: In excellent form for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League and then Southern PNJ back in Pakistan and he opened his stint in this tournament with a quickfire 20* to continue that batting form.
JS Team Form
Jozi Stars have had their last two games completely washed out, which has actually served as some minor relief after seven straight defeats before that. Their most recent match was against Paarl Rocks – a match in which they had the upper hand on several occasions. Reeza Hendricks hit 74 in a total of 171/3, while Kagiso Rabada took 3-36 with the ball. The Rocks recovered from 53/4 to win by five wickets with four balls to spare, however.
Jozi Stars Predicted Playing 11
Ryan Rickleton, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma (c), Shoaib Malik, Dan Christian, Sinethemba Qeshile (wk), Simon Harmer, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier, Aaron Phangiso