The first of Friday’s Mzansi Super League matches sees NMB Giants host the improving Paarl Rocks at St. Georges Park, Port Elizabeth.
The Giants come into the game in second place in the standings, 6 points behind Cape Town Blitz but the Giants do have a game in hand on the log leaders. The Giants won 3 of their first 4 matches of the tournament including a 9 wicket victory over Durban Heat in an earlier home match. They were also scheduled to meet Blitz in a top of the table clash at this venue on Tuesday this week but the game was washed out without a ball being bowled and both sides picked up 2 points each.
After a slow start to their tournament Paarl are emerging as a lively contender. They lost their first 2 matches of the tournament at home to the Spartans and then Jozi Stars before opening their account with a 5 wicket home win over previously unbeaten Cape Town Blitz. On Wednesday they travelled for the first time and although rain interrupted their innings at Kingsmead against Durban Heat they posted 98/2 in 9 overs. That target was revised up to 113 on DLS and the Rocks bowlers played their part in a 32 run (DLS) victory. Paarl are now third on the log, 5 points behind the Giants but with a game in hand.
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NMB Giants 8/10
Paarl Rocks even money
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
Suggested Bet: Player Performances, JJ Smuts over 39.5 points at 17/20
We venture into the Player Performance market and go with the Giants skipper who can also take a wicket or too in addition to his potential to score big with the bat.
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