Durban Heat looks to build on their first win of the season as they host Nelson Mandela Bay Giants on Saturday. While Durban Heat kick-started their campaign in their previous game against Cape Town Blitz, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants' winning streak came to an end against Paarl Rocks earlier in the week.
Both teams have already faced each other in the MSL 2019 with Nelson Mandela Bay Giants coming out victorious in a thrilling encounter. Both sides are well-matched on paper and look good money for a win.
With the iconic Kingsmead hosting this encounter, another action-packed match awaits the two sides. Here are a few tips to help you pick your Dream11 team for DUR vs NMG.
Squads to choose from
Dane Vilas (C), Andile Phehlukwayo, Alex Hales, David Miller, Ravi Bopara, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Khaya Zondo, Marco Jansen, Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee, Malusi Siboto, Prenelan Subrayen, Wihan Lubbe, Shaun von Berg, Robbie Frylinck
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
J J Smuts (C), Jason Roy, Farhaan Behardien, Imran Tahir, Chris Morris, Junior Dala, Beuran Hendricks, Matthew Breetzke, One Nyaku, Ben Dunk, Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, Grant Thomson, Akhona Mnyaka, Nandre Burger and Dyllan Matthews
Playing XI Updates
No changes are expected from Durban Heat with the likes of Dane Vilas and Wiaan Lubbe propelling them to a good win over Cape Town Blitz. Their bowlers also put in a good shift with Marco Jansen impressing with a wicket to his name.
Kyle Abbott and Malusi Siboto are crucial in the bowling attack while Alex Hales is due for a big one at the top of the order. The presence of Ravi Bopara and David Miller in the middle order bodes well with their experience in finishing games bound to come in handy.
Possible XI: Marshall, Hales, Lubbe, Vilas (C&WK), Miller, Bopara, Phehlukwayo, Siboto, Maharaj, Abbott and Jansen.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Matthew Breetzke could be dropped with Ryan ten Doeschate joining the side. He should slot in the middle order which opens a spot for Ben Dunk alongside Jason Roy. Marco Marais plays the floaters role while Chris Morris and Junior Dala are also capable of wielding the long handle. Imran Tahir and Beuran Hendricks are well experienced in the format and will be crucial to their fortunes in the bowling department.
Possible XI: Roy, Dunk(WK), Smuts (C), Kuhn, ten Doeschate, Marais, Morris, Dala, Hendricks, Nyaku and Tahir.
Durban Heat vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Match 20
30th November 2019, 4:00 PM IST
Another good batting track is expected in Durban with the previous match seeing over 330 runs being scored between Durban Heat and Cape Town Blitz. The pacers will get ample bounce and pace from the surface. With this being a day fixture, teams will prefer batting first although there some rain on the forecast during the second half of the game.
Fantasy Tips and Suggestions
Wicket-keeper: Dane Vilas finally struck some form in MSL 2019 as he led Durban Heat to their first win over Cape Town Blitz. He is preferred over Matthew Breetzke with the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants opener set to sit this game out for Ryan ten Doeschate.
Batsmen: Ben Dunk is set to open the batting for NMG after biding his time in the middle order. His only outing as an opener saw him plunder the Jozi Stars bowling unit. Along with the usual suspects, JJ Smuts and Jason Roy, he is also a viable option. Alex Hales is another individual who is due for a big knock at the top of the order. He could be picked as well along with David Miller.
Allrounders: Chris Morris and Ravi Bopara are the ideal candidates for this spot. While Morris has seven wickets to his name, Ravi Bopara's vital cameos in the middle order holds him in good stead. If credits suffice, Andile Phehlukwayo could also be picked as the third allrounder.
Bowlers: Imran Tahir has been consistent for NMG with nine wickets. He is a must-have player along with one of Junior Dala or Beuran Hendricks. While Kyle Abbott's two wicket-haul in the previous game strengthens his case, Malusi Siboto should also prove to be a great pick.
Captain: Since his stellar knock against Cape Town Blitz, Smuts has tailed off. He will be itching to come good in this crucial encounter on Saturday. Along with the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants captain, Ben Dunk and Ravi Bopara are viable candidates for the multiplier options.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Dane Vilas, JJ Smuts, Ben Dunk, Jason Roy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Ravi Bopara, Junior Dala, Imran Tahir, Malusi Siboto and Kyle Abbott. Captain: JJ Smuts, Vice-Captain: Ravi Bopara
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Dane Vilas, JJ Smuts, Ben Dunk, Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Chris Morris, Ravi Bopara, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Malusi Siboto and Kyle Abbott. Captain: Alex Hales, Vice-Captain: Ben Dunk