Who will win Durban Heat vs Tshwane Spartans, MSL 2019?
The second match of the new Mzansi Super League season, dubbed MSL 2.0, will see Durban Heat take on Tshwane Spartans at Kingsmead. The match takes place on November 9 and is scheduled to start at 12:30 local time.
Durban beat the Spartans in both matches they played against each other last season, but neither qualified for the play-offs after generally poor campaigns. This year, however, the Heat have added Dane Vilas – last year’s title-winning captain – among other notable signings.
The Spartans still have AB de Villiers as a key player, however, while Morne Morkel and Lungi Ngidi will make for a formidable pace attack.
DH vs TS, MSL 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
Live TV: SuperSport
Live streaming: SuperSport Live
DH vs TS Toss Prediction
On a pitch good for seamers, Dane Vilas will want to win his first toss as Durban captain and will probably put the Spartans in to bat.
DH vs TS Weather Report
Showers are forecast early on in Durban on Saturday, but the chance of rain drops to 24 per cent in the afternoon. At the very least it will be humid and overcast at Kingsmead, however.
DH vs TS Pitch Condition
Traditionally favouring the seam bowlers, there should be a little assistance off the pitch for the quicks.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Durban Heat vs Tshwane Spartans, MSL 2019
Durban Heat Team News & Playing 11
DH Team News
Dane Vilas won the title with Jozi Stars last season but has now moved to captain Durban Heat. He was their top draft pick, while they had already secured Andile Phehlukwayo and Alex Hales as marquee players and signed up Ravi Bopara. They did not retain many, but Kyle Abbott, David Miller and Keshav Maharaj are sticking around. Robbie Frylinck was initially selected, but dropped out to play in the T10 league. Wesley Marshall took his place.
DH Key Players
Dane Vilas: Captained Jozi Stars to victory last season and was a key figure for Lancashire throughout the 2019 English domestic season too. He could show why he commanded such a high fee in the Hundred draft last month as well.
Andile Phehlukwayo: Selected as their Protea Marquee Player, the all-rounder will be especially key with the ball at Kingsmead.
Kyle Abbott: Took four wickets when these teams last met and was in excellent T20 Blast form for Hampshire in the English summer. He has 150 wickets in 144 T20 innings in total.
DH Team Form
Victories in their final two games of last season, including against the Tshwane Spartans, could not prevent Durban Heat finishing bottom of the table. They won three matches and lost six in total, with one no result.
Durban Heat Predicted Playing 11
Alex Hales, Dane Vilas (c, wk), David Miller, Khaya Zondo, Ravi Bopara, Andile Phehlukwayo, Prenelan Subrayen, Keshav Maharaj, Wihan Lubbe, Kyle Abbott, Daryn Dupavillon
Tshwane Spartans Team News & Playing 11
TS Team News
Tshwane Spartans will have to wait for their overseas marquee player, with Tom Curran currently away on England duty in New Zealand. AB de Villiers stuck around as Protea Marquee Player, while Lungi Ngidi and Theunis de Bruyn were among those on a short retained list. In come players like Morne Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe and Heinrich Klaasen. This is a team packed with experience.
TS Key Players
AB de Villiers: Who else? When these teams last met, he smashed 93* from 52 balls. Most recently he was in fine form for Middlesex in the T20 Blast. He has 57 T20 50s and four centuries, on his way to 8,186 runs at a strike rate just shy of 150.
Lungi Ngidi: This will be his 50th T20 innings as a bowler, and he has picked up 59 wickets with an economy rate of an excellent 7.01 (for an opening pace bowler) from the previous 49.
Theunis de Bruyn: In excellent form in South Africa’s other domestic T20 competition for the Titans, scoring 36, 42, 72*, 50 and 45* in his five most recent T20 innings.
TS Team Form
Defeats in their final two games consigned Tshwane Spartans to fifth place in the MSL table last season, with a record of four wins and six losses from their ten matches.
Tshwane Spartans Predicted Playing 11
Theunis de Bruyn, Dean Elgar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen (c, wk), Tony de Zorzi, Roelof van der Merwe, Morne Morkel, Corbin Bosch, Lutho Sipamla, Lungi Ngidi.
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
DH : W W L NR L
TS : L L W W L
DH vs TS Head to Head
Durban Heat won both matches against Tshwane Spartans, including chasing 189 to win their final league game by two wickets. The first match was reduced by rain. Kyle Abbott took 4-27 as the Spartans posted 139/9 from 19 overs, with the Heat on 129/6 and well ahead of the DLS par when the rain cut their chase slightly short. In the second fixture, AB de Villiers hammered 93* from 52 balls as the Spartans posted 188/6, but Albie Morkel’s late half-century proved enough for Durban Heat. He hit 57* from 28 balls to lead them to a two-wicket victory with one ball to spare. They had needed 50 from the final four overs to win.
DH vs TS Head to Head Stats
Durban Heat vs Tshwane Spartans Betting Odds
Durban Heat won both matches against Tshwane Spartans last season and yet start this game as outsiders.
DH Bet365 Odds
DH to Win the Match: Durban Heat are 2.10 to open MSL 2.0 with a win against Tshwane Spartans with Bet365.
DH Top Batsman: Alex Hales is 3.75 to be Durban Heat’s top batsman, while David Miller is 4.50 and captain Dane Vilas can be backed at 5.50. Ravi Bopara is 6.00, meanwhile, having been a key part of Essex Eagles’ T20 Blast success.
DH Top Bowler: Keshav Maharaj is favourite to be Durban Heat’s top bowler with Bet365, at 4.00. Kyle Abbott is 4.33, as is Andile Phehlukwayo. Prenelan Subrayen and Daryn Duapavilon can both be backed at 5.00.
TS Bet365 Odds
TS to Win the Match: Tshwane Spartans are 1.72 to start MSL 2.0 by doing what they could not last season – beating Durban Heat.
TS Top Batsman: AB de Villiers is 2.75 favourite to be Tshwane Spartans top batsman with Bet365. Theunis de Bruyn is next on the list, for as high as 4.50, while Tony de Zorzi, Dean Elgar and Vaughn van Jaarsveld can all be backed at 5.00 with Bet365.
TS Top Bowler: With the ball, Morne Morkel and Lungi Ngidi are joint-favourites to be the Spartans’ top bowler. They are both 4.00 with Bet365. Lutho Sipamla is 4.33, while Roelof van der Merwe and Corbin Bosch can both be backed at 5.00.
Durban Heat vs Tshwane Spartans Prediction
Durban Heat will be looking to start as they left off – with victory against Tshwane Spartans. They start as outsiders but they could upset those odds after some smart recruitment for MSL 2.0.
Back Durban Heat to beat Tshwane Spartans at 2.10 with Bet365.
Both captains, Dane Vilas and Heinrich Klaasen, are likely to be behind the stumps for their teams and both could be key figures too, making them worth picking up at nine credits apiece.
AB de Villiers is set to be the star of the show and the South African icon is 11 credits. He will be worth that if he fires though, and the same applies to Alex Hales at ten credits and David Miller at 9.5. All three boast stacks of international quality. To balance cost, Vaughn van Jaarsveled and, in particular, Theunis de Bruyn showed good form in the other T20 competition in April.
With so much batting, you can save some credits on the all-rounders too. You only need to fill one space and Roelof van der Merwe arrives on the back of some strong T20 form for the Netherlands as they booked their World Cup spot.
Onto the three bowlers, and Lungi Ngidi leads the way but you can find excellent value elsewhere too. Tom Curran is away, but Kyle Abbott and Keshav Maharaj are both 8.5 credits, as is Morne Morkel.
This teams leans heavily towards batting but that is because there are some quality batsmen set to be on display. AB de Villiers leads the way and if he fires, he will go big once again. A good vice-captain option may be found with the ball, however – Lungi Ngidi is a key figure, while Kyle Abbott took four in this fixture when they last met.