10th Match, Centurion, Nov 25 2018, Mzansi Super League
(5.1/5.1 ov, target 43)
Giants won by 7 runs (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
• The Report by Liam Brickhill

Mendis four-for in vain as Nelson Mandela Bay Giants win rain-hit match

The arrival of a highveld thunderstorm, and the threat of lightning that came with it, brought the first game of the Sunday double-header to a premature end

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Commentator: @sreshthx
Scorecard summary
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants143/9(20 overs)
Tshwane Spartans35/3(5.1 overs)

2.12pm It's official. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants win by seven runs! A disappointing finish for the fans on this Sunday afternoon. But they did enjoy Marais' whirlwind 47 and two excellent spells of bowling. First it was Jeevan Mendis' legbreak that earned him figures of 4 for 22, and then Sipamla's 3-29 in the back end. That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. Join us in an hour for the day's second game: between Paarl Rocks and Cape Town Blitz. Till then, on behalf of Liam Brickhill, this is Sreshth Shah signing off. Bye bye!

2.08pm And the teams are now shaking hands. That just means one thing... this game is over! The TV graphic says 'match abandoned' but this should actually be "victory for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants". We'll let you know what the official word is. Remember, they've batted for more than five overs, so the game should definitely have a result, according to the ICC and MCC playing conditions.

Saeed abbas: "Please keep providing weather and match report unless its finished" -- Not sure how much we can tell you with the weather not changing at all. For what it's worth, I think the game will be called off soon.

1.47pm Very few spectators at the ground now. A steady drizzle around Centurion.

DirkL: "If AB was still in, those spectators would have stayed despite the storm."

1.23pm Just on the stroke of the wicket, the umpires have called the players from the field because of the approaching storm. The problem is not rain - yet - but the danger of lightning that accompanies thunderstorms on the highveld. The covers have come on now and the sky is as grey as my soul.

le Roux to de Villiers, OUT
and he strikes first ball! AB de Villiers has fallen, given lbw after being struck on the boot attempting a paddle to fine leg. But was that outside off? Marginal call, but he's got to go. This wicket may well have decided the match, as they're going off
AB de Villiers lbw b le Roux 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

DLS par is 40, and le Roux comes on to bowl

end of over 56 runs • 1 wicket
TS: 35/2CRR: 7 • RRR: 48.00
AB de Villiers1 (1)
Theunis de Bruyn12 (7)
Sisanda Magala1-0-6-1
Junior Dala2-0-18-1
Magala to de Villiers, 1 run
and de Villiers is off the mark straight away with a tip-and-run single

One delivery to go before we have a game

Magala to de Zorzi, OUT
caught behind! This wicket could be so, so important. Magala slanted another ball across de Zorzi, who hung his bat out and sent a thin edge through to the keeper. The rain is closing in, and this will set Spartans behind the par score
T de Zorzi c †Second b Magala 9 (24m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 64.28
Magala to de Bruyn, 1 run
the ball squirts off the outside edge and bounces through point
Magala to de Zorzi, 1 run
chopped down to third man for one

The floodlights are on, and there's some thunder rumbling

Magala to de Zorzi, 1 wide
pushed a little too far outside off, and it's called wide
Magala to de Zorzi, no run
beaten outside off! Magala skids one through outside off, and de Zorzi is beaten on the cut
Magala to de Bruyn, 1 run
on target this time, but de Bruyn nurdles a single into the leg side
Magala to de Bruyn, 1 wide
and his first ball goes awry, down the leg side

Here's Sisanda Magala for the first time this afternoon

end of over 411 runs
TS: 29/1CRR: 7.25 • RRR: 12.00
Tony de Zorzi8 (11)
Theunis de Bruyn10 (5)
Junior Dala2-0-18-1
Chris Morris2-0-10-0
Dala to de Zorzi, no run
back of a length again, but straighter this time and de Zorzi can only defend it back down the track
Dala to de Zorzi, FOUR runs
good comeback from the batsman! Dala dug in a short one outside off, but de Zorzi met it with a scything cut in the air over point. Solid connection
Dala to de Zorzi, no run
he's pinged him! De Zorzi was aiming to club this over midwicket, but the ball rushed on to him, beating him for pace, and striking him a stinging blow on the inner thigh. The physio comes out as de Zorzi hops about at the crease, but he's good to continue
Dala to de Zorzi, 1 no ball
oh dear, this has slipped out of the back of the hand and flown out as a huge, high no ball down the leg side. Free hit coming up
Dala to de Zorzi, 2 runs
de Zorzi chops a length ball of his stumps and down through gully, and they hustle a second run as the fielder is slow getting in off the rope
Dala to de Zorzi, 1 wide
pushed down the leg side by Dala, and it's called wide
Dala to de Bruyn, 1 run
shorter this time, and de Bruyn hops to guide a single through gully
Dala to de Bruyn, 2 runs
dropped by Tahir at fine leg! De Bruyn top-edged his glance and the ball ballooned up in the air. Tahir got to it, but the ball just slipped out of his hands
end of over 38 runs
TS: 18/1CRR: 6 • RRR: 11.53
Theunis de Bruyn7 (3)
Tony de Zorzi2 (6)
Chris Morris2-0-10-0
Junior Dala1-0-7-1
Morris to de Bruyn, 1 run
nice follow-up from Morris, and de Bruyn is squared up by one that straightens on him, the ball bouncing through gully for a single
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossTshwane Spartans , elected to field first
SeriesMzansi Super League 2018
Player Of The Match
Marco Marais
Hours of play (local time)Start 11.00, First Session 11.00-12.30. Interval 12.30-12.50, Second Session 12.50-14.20
Match days25 November 2018 (20-over match)
Johan Cloete
Bongani Jele
TV Umpire
Stephen Harris
Reserve Umpire
Ryan Hendricks
Match Referee
Zed Ndamane
PointsNelson Mandela Bay Giants 4, Tshwane Spartans 0