Jozi Stars will defeat the struggling side from Durban to record their 5th win of the tournament.BET NOW
The 23rd match of the Mzansi Super League for the year 2018 will be played between the Jozi Stars and the Durban Heat. The match will be played at Kingsmead Durban and will be the home game for the Durban Heat. Read through our cricket prediction tips on this page to find out who will emerge victorious in this match.
Jozi Stars are currently on a roll having recorded 3 consecutive victories against Durban Heat, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and the Cape Town Blitz. They have moved up to 3rd position in the league table with 20 points and a NRR of 1.125, which is the best among all 6 teams. Another win here with a bonus point should see them dethrone Cape Town Blitz at the top of the pile. Durban Heat is placed last and has not got going at all this season. They have lost 5 matches and have a negative NRR of -1.15. Wins in the 3 remaining matches alone will not be enough for them to qualify as they will need the results of the other games to go their way as well.
Durban Heat has not won a match since their 2nd match of the Mzansi Super League. They lost 4 matches on the trot before the last match against the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants got abandoned due to rain. The cricket prediction tips do not see a change in fortunes for Durban Heat and expect them to further slip down the league table.
The problem for Durban Heat has been their batting. They have not been able to muster big enough scores to trouble the opposing teams. Morne van Wyk and Khaya Zondo are the leading run-scorers for the side with 147 runs apiece. Only van Wyk has hit a half-century this season for Heat and it has definitely not been enough. Durban Heat needs someone from the top order to hit a 70 or an 80 and get others to bat around him. Captain Albie Morkel has hit 118 runs while Vernon Philander has made 109 runs batting lower down the order. They definitely need more runs from the bats of David Miller, Hashim Amla, and Heinrich Klaasen.
The ex-South African right-arm fast bowler Kyle Abbott leads the bowling averages for Durban Heat. He has captured 7 wickets at an average of 30 with 4 for 27 as his best. Merchant de Lange has captured 5 wickets while Keshav Maharaj has 4 wickets with his left-arm spin. They have not had any sort of penetration with the ball as well and it is showing on the results sheet.
Reeza Hendricks has been the prime reason for the change in fortunes for the Jozi Stars. He has hit 346 runs in 5 innings, which includes 1 ‘duck’ and 2 unbeaten knocks. He has hit 2 centuries and 2 fifties with the top score of 108. Cape Town Blitz dismissed him for no score on the 24th of November but since then he has put together scores of 55, 104 not out, 108 not out and 79 against some quality bowling. Durban will be quite mindful of getting Reeza out early as he went on to score 104 when the two teams met on the 30th of November. Hendricks led Jozi rattled up 230 for 3 wickets and then restricted Durban to 177 to thus win the match by 53 runs.
Opening batsman Ryan Rickelton has made 187 runs with the top score of 91 while Rassie van der Dussen has made 217 runs while opening the innings with Hendricks. Dan Christian and Dane Vilas have regained their hitting form and it has been a run-glut for the Stars of late. Duanne Olivier has captured 11 wickets at an economy rate of 7.66 and is the leading wicket-taker for the Stars. Beuran Hendricks has given good support with his left-arm medium pace capturing 9 wickets. Kagiso Rabada and Simon Harmer with 8 wickets are the other key bowlers in the side with leg-spinner Eddie Leie for support. All the bowlers have been amongst the wickets and the players have responded to satisfy the team’s requirements quite magnificently.
We at Premium Cricket see no difference in the results of the match between the Jozi Stars and the Durban Heat. We expect the Stars to defeat Heat to record their 5th win of the tournament.