Venue: St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
Time: 10:30 IST
Pitch & conditions:
Will continue to be slow & therefore, tricky for the batsmen. As it is a night game, dew can come into play in the second innings.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants:
Smuts (C), Marais, Duckett, Kuhn/Lubbe, Jonker, Second (wk), Morris,Magala, Dala, Tahir, Roux/Phangiso/McLaren
*Kuhn & McLaren’s availability is subjective to their fitness. Both will play if they pass the fitness test.
QDK (wk), J Malan, Phehlukwayo, Behardien (C), Talat, Asif, Linde, Steyn, Siboto, Nortje, Peidt/Adams.
*Blitz doesn’t have a fixed batting order, they always try to keep Right-Left combination at the crease which also helps them to take advantage of the short boundaries. They have the luxury of having 4 lefties in their top 7, which allows them to rotate & shuffle their batting order as per opponent team’s bowling.
*Nortje is being used alternatively by Blitz due to their poor scheduling & long travel time. He is therefore expected to play today. If they want, they can rest Steyn too but they have lost the last game so that might be unlikely to happen.
Batsmen: Duckett, Behardien/Malan, Marais, Jonker/Dala
Allrounders: Smuts, Linde/Phehlukwayo, Morris
Bowlers: Tahir, Nortje/Steyn, Magala, Dala/Jonker
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