Who will win Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Jozi Stars (Mzansi Super League 2019)?
Defending champions Jozi Stars will try again for their first win of the 2019 Mzansi Super League when they take on Nelson Mandela Bay Giants at Port Elizabeth. The match takes place on November 10 and gets underway at 10:00 local time.
The Stars lost their opening game to the team they beat in last year’s final, Cape Town Blitz. Set 214 to win, Reeza Hendricks hammered 80 from 53 balls but the Stars could only reach 198/5. They still look among the stronger teams in this year’s competition, however.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have also recruited well, however – significantly retaining their key players from last season when they won four and lost four, finishing fourth overall. If they had been able to take a win from either of their two rained off matches, they would have qualified for the play-offs.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Jozi Stars (Mzansi Super League 2019): Where to watch/Live streaming
Live TV: SuperSport
Live streaming: SuperSport Live
Jozi Stars won the toss and unsuccessfully fielded first last time out, but that could be a more successful tactic with less pace in the St George’s Park wicket.
There is a chance of rain earlier on in Port Elizabeth but that should have cleared by the afternoon, where temperatures are set to be in the low 20s, with a lot of wind about.
Port Elizabeth offers very little to the fast bowlers – this is a slow wicket, with some turn for the spinners too.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants vs Jozi Stars (Mzansi Super League 2019).
NB Bay Giants Team News & Playing 11
NMBG Team News
After just missing out on a play-off place last year, Nelson Mandela Giants have kept hold of some key players – captain JJ Smuts, marquee players Imran Tahir and Jason Roy and key Proteas internationals Chris Morris and Junior Dala. Beuran Hendricks is among the big names they have added, and he is set to take on his former team.
NMBG Key Players
Imran Tahir: The veteran leg-spinner was in excellent form in his most recent T20 matches, playing for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League where he claimed 16 wickets in nine appearances.
Beuran Hendricks: A key player for Jozi Stars last year and he will now face his former franchise looking to add to his 91 wickets in 65 T20 appearances.
Jason Roy: Not played since last year’s Ashes series, where he could not make an impact on the test team, but the opener has a strike rate of 145.77 in T20 cricket. He will be keen to get back to his big-hitting best.
NMBG Team Form
The Nelson Mandela Bay Giants won four and lost four last season, but two no results proved costly – they missed out on a play-off place by a solitary point, paying the price for their defeat to Paarl Rocks in their final group game.
NB Bay Giants Predicted Playing 11
JJ Smuts (c), Jason Roy, Ben Dunk, Matthew Breetzke (wk), Farhaan Behardien, Marco Marais, Chris Morris, Beuran Hendricks, Junior Dala, Imran Tahir, Dyllan Matthews
Jozi Stars Team News & Playing 11
JS Team News
Jozi Stars were too expensive with the ball last time out, leaving their batsmen too much to do. But players like Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier were key last season, so they may stick with the same attack for now.
JS Key Players
Rassie van der Dussen: Last season’s top MSL run-scorer scored 469 runs in 11 innings as the Stars claimed the title in 2018, and he started this year’s campaign with 31 from 21 balls in the opening match.
Kagiso Rabada: Went wicketless last time out, but it is not too often that happens in T20i cricket for the paceman – who starred in the MSL last season and this year’s IPL too.
Reeza Hendricks: The opener hit 11 fours and one six on his way to 80 from 53 balls last time out, but the Stars simply had too much to chase in the end. Last season, he hit 412 runs including two centuries.
JS Team Form
Jozi Stars claimed the MSL title last season, beating Cape Town Blitz in the final, but the Blitz gained some revenge in the opening match of this season. The Stars had no answer as Cape Town posted 213/3, and Reeza Hendricks’ 80 from 53 balls was not enough as they finished 198/5 in reply.
Jozi Stars Predicted Playing 11
Chris Gayle, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma (c), Dan Christian, Ryan Rickleton (wk), Simon Harmer, Kagiso Rabada, Nono Pongolo, Duanne Olivier, Dane Paterson
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
NMBG : L L NR L W
JS : W W L W W
NMBG vs JS Head to Head
Both teams won one match apiece in this fixture last season. The Giants chased 125 to win the first meeting between the two, but Jozi Stars hit back last time out. Reeza Hendricks hit 108* in a total of 173/3, before the bowled the Giants out for just 92. Beuran Hendricks claimed 2-18, Kagiso Rabada 2-8 and Dwaine Pretorius 3-17.
NMBG vs JS Head to Head Stats
NB Bay Giants vs Jozi Stars Betting Odds
Jozi Stars are favourites to bounce back with a win, at 1.72 with Bet365 and 1.66 with Betway.
Bet365 have priced Reeza Hendricks at 4.33 to be their top batsman after his excellent form last time out, in between Chris Gayle at 3.75 favourite and Rassie van der Dussen at 4.50. For the Giants, Jason Roy is 3.75 favourite and JJ Smuts can be backed at 4.50 with Bet365.
With the ball, Kagiso Rabada is 3.40 with Bet365 to hit back and be the Stars top bowler, while both Duanne Olivier and Simon Harmer can be backed at 5.00. For Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, meanwhile, Chris Morris and Imran Tahir are both 4.00 with Bet365, while Junior Dala and Beuran Hendricks can both be backed at 4.33.
NB Bay Giants vs Jozi Stars Prediction
Jozi Stars lost their opening game of their title defence and they will be keen to bounce back in this game.
Back Jozi Stars to beat Nelson Mandela Giants at 1.66 with Betway and 1.72 with Bet365.
Ryan Rickleton is behind the stumps for Jozi Stars, while the Giants will have either Heino Kuhn or Matthew Breetzke. The latter is in good domestic form and if he plays will be good value at eight credits. You are gambling on the team selection there, however.
There will be a lot of quality batsmen on show so it is hard to narrow down selection. Chris Gayle and Jason Roy are both ten credits but both are key men at the top of the respective batting orders, while Rassie van der Dussen is 9.5 credits and Reeza Hendricks is nine credits and both have already shown good form. Temba Bavuma is excellent value at 8.5 credits, while JJ Smuts is likely to be a key figure for the Giants at nine credits.
That leaves one all-round space and a choice between Chris Morris, Simon Harmer and Dan Christian. The former was a key retained player for the Giants this season.
With the ball, Imran Tahir arrives at the MSL in fine form, while Duanne Olivier and Beuran Hendricks are 8.5 credits apiece having been key bowlers in the same attack last season. Alternatives include Junio Dala, Dane Paterson and Kagiso Rabada.
Chris Morris could feature with bat and ball, but the best technique may be to follow the form. With the ball, that is undoubtedly Imran Tahir – he was in excellent form in the Caribbean Premier League. With the bat, Reeza Hendricks showed why he can be so dangerous last time out.