Who will win Jozi Stars vs Durban Heat, MSL 2019?
The 27th match of the Mzansi Super League 2019 will see Durban Heat clash with a winless Jozi Stars. The New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg will be the venue for this game scheduled to be played on December 7. Live action begins at 12:30 PM local time.
Jozi Stars are already out of contention for a play-offs spot and they will end up at the bottom of the leaderboard even if they win both their remaining fixtures by bonus points. With nothing to lose, they will be playing some fearless cricket and will look to spoil the plans of their opponents. The Dane Vilas-led Durban Heat are coming off three consecutive wins and have breathed life into their campaign. Unlike the Stars, they have everything to play for and a win on Saturday will keep their hopes alive for a top three finish.
JS vs DH, MSL 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Sony Six, Sony ESPN, FreeSports, Geo Super, BT Sport, SABC Sport
Live Streaming: Bet365, Sony LIV
JS vs DH Toss Prediction
The frequent rain stoppages will make it tough for the side batting first to set up a total. So the team that wins the toss in this match will probably elect to bowl first.
JS vs DH Weather Report
The weather for this match does not look good at all with heavy showers expected all day long. It will be a pretty cold day with temperature likely to be around 17-18 degrees Celsius.
JS vs DH Pitch Condition
The Wanderers has produced some big totals this season - 170+ has been scored here on four occasions in as many matches. For this game, however, one can expect a damp pitch due to rain and so batting will not be as easy as it has been thus far.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Jozi Stars vs Durban Heat, MSL 2019...
Jozi Stars Team News & Playing 11
JS Team News
Ryan Rickelton has replaced Chris Gayle who has taken a break from cricket after playing his last game of the season against Tshwane Spartans. Rickelton will continue to partner Reeza Hendricks at the opening slot with Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen batting at numbers three and four respectively. Kagiso Rabada will spearhead the bowling for Jozi Stars and Lizaad Williams will be his new-ball partner in the powerplay.
JS Key Players
Reeza Hendricks: He is among the top five batsmen in the tournament with 275 runs at an average of 39.28. The opener has blasted three half-centuries this season and is coming on the back of an impressive 74 against Paarl Rocks.
Temba Bavuma: The skipper too has been pretty consistent with the bat, scoring 232 runs in 6 innings at an average of 38.66. Bavuma hit a fine fifty versus Cape Town Blitz last month and will be expected to play a similar knock here.
Kagiso Rabada: He has had a pretty good tournament so far and has taken eight wickets in seven matches at an economy of 8.33. The fast bowler picked three wickets last time out and could cause problems for Durban Heat in this match.
JS Recent Form
Jozi Stars are left with just two more matches and they are yet to register a win this season. The champions of the previous edition have not played like champions this year and they continue to find themselves at the bottom of the pool with seven losses and a washout from eight matches. After losing their first seven fixtures on the bounce, the Stars finally got to open their account on the points table last time in the rained-out clash against Tshwane Spartans.
Jozi Stars Predicted Playing 11
Reeza Hendricks, Ryan Rickelton, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Shoaib Malik, Daniel Christian, Sinethemba Qeshile (wk), Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier, Lizaad Williams
Durban Heat Team News & Playing 11
DH Team News
Durban Heat dropped all-rounder Marco Jansen in the last match against Paarl Rocks and brought in Daryn Dupavillon as a like-for-like replacement. Wesley Marshall and Alex Hales will continue to open the batting while Dane Vilas and Ravi Bopara will form the team's middle order. The Heat do not have any injury issues to deal with heading into this game and we expect them to retain the entire line-up from last time.
DH Key Players
Alex Hales: After a string of underwhelming performances, Alex Hales seems to have returned to form. The opening batsman has scored 138 runs in his last two innings and is now averaging 40. His unbeaten 55-ball 97 played a vital role in the Heat's six-wicket victory over Paarl Rocks last time.
David Miller: The stylish left-handed batsman has scored runs consistently for Durban Heat this season and is having an impressive average of 61.33. Miller cracked a quickfire fifty recently against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and played second fiddle to Alex Hales in the last match against Paarl Rocks with a 22-ball 40.
Malusi Siboto: The medium pacer has picked at least one wicket in every game in this year's Mzansi Super League and he now has seven wickets in six matches. Siboto returned his best figures of the season (2-41) against the Giants last month at Port Elizabeth.
DH Recent Form
Durban Heat are currently positioned fourth on the MSL 2019 points table with two losses, three wins and as many washouts from eight matches. Three of their first four fixtures including the opening two had to be abandoned due to rain before they suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. The Heat, however, have reignited their campaign by securing wins in their last three matches straight. Their most recent encounter came against Paarl Rocks at the Boland Park where they sealed a convincing six-wicket win.
Durban Heat Predicted Playing 11
Wesley Marshall, Alex Hales, Wihan Lubbe, David Miller, Dane Vilas (c/wk), Ravi Bopara, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Malusi Siboto, Daryn Dupavillon