21st Match, Centurion, Dec 5 2018, Mzansi Super League
(19.3/20 ov, target 122)
Spartans won by 4 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Tshwane Spartans
• The Report by Liam Brickhill

Frylinck cameo helps Tshwane Spartans stay alive in the tournament

Faf du Plessis' Paarl Rocks stuttered after opting to bat as three-wicket hauls from Shaun von Berg and Lutho Sipamla bowled them out for 121

Match centre 
Commentator: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
Paarl Rocks121(17.4 overs)
Tshwane Spartans122/6(19.3 overs)

5.30pm That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. See you in 30 minutes for the day's second game. Till then, it's goodbye from us.

5.14pm That was close, wasn't it? Before Robbie Frylinck's two boundaries in the final over, it looked like Paarl Rocks had done just about enough to sneak in with a victory. But Dane Paterson failed to hold his nerve with the ball, and the Spartans are still alive in the tournament. Reactions and presentation to follow

Faf du Plessis: "That first six overs, the wickets were slow. My assessment was that we could score boundaries, which is why we played that way. The wicket wasn't a 90 for 5 wicket, but I'm proud of the fight shown by the bowlers. We got three tough games coming up, but if you want to make it to the semi-finals, then you need to beat the best teams. But it's still in our hands."

AB de Villiers: "We'll take the win. Wasn't a pretty game of cricket. Both batting sides will be disappointed. I think it was a 150-odd wicket, but we'll take this. We go to PE now to play one of the top sides of the tournament. We have some unfinished business with them after a close defeat last time. Got one more home game next week. Faf and I have come a long way together. Was great to be on the field with him. Shamsi is one of the best wristspinners, according to me."

Lutho Sipamla is the Man of the Match. He says, "always been a good for me to play for the Proteas. I'm looking to do better things, and have been learning so much from seniors like Frylinck. AB tells me to stay cool, calm and collected in the field. Calms me down as a bowler."

Tabraiz Shamsi: "Not great losing a game of cricket. We were short with the runs, but the guys showed some fight. AB's a legend, he's a once-in-a-generation kind of player, so his wicket is memorable. But a bit sad that we couldn't win. I always try and put in big performances for the team. A lot of positive sides, we've still got three more games."

Samrat Ahuja: "Frylinck, you beauty!! Always reminded me of Eddo Brandes! Wonder why he never made to IPL, with his all round abilities! Did very well in Champions League in India too!!"

Paterson to Frylinck, 1 run
good length on middle, and that's been tickled off his body to fine leg for a single. Spartans win by four wickets!
Paterson to Frylinck, FOUR runs
drilled to long on! And Frylinck is the hero for Spartans! Scores tied. Overpitched once again, and Frylinck uses all his muscle to smash the ball back past the bowler

Varun Desai: "Louis I agree, that's why so many of us wanted to Faf to take over and he's doing a super job."

Paterson to Frylinck, SIX runs
right into the sightscreen! Oh my my. Full on middle stump, and he clears the front leg to smash the ball over long on. In the slot, and punished
end of over 194 runs • 1 wicket
TS: 111/6CRR: 5.84 • RRR: 11.00 • Need 11 from 6b
Robbie Frylinck11 (18)
Shaun von Berg0 (0)
Dwayne Bravo4-0-24-1
David Wiese4-0-18-1
Bravo to Frylinck, 1 run
full outside off stump, and he drills this down the ground to long on. Spartans need 11 off six
Bravo to de Zorzi, OUT
slower ball, length ball, and he looks to pull from outside the stumps. Deceived by the lack of pace, and the shot has been scooped straight to deep midwicket
T de Zorzi c Wiese b Bravo 17 (35m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.95
Bravo to Frylinck, 1 run
yorker outside off once again, and this has been flayed to backward point
Bravo to Frylinck, no run
good length ball outside off, and he tries to pull. But the ball sneaks under his bat and hits the keeper's pads. The ball rolls away towards third man but Frylinck says no to the run
Bravo to de Zorzi, 1 leg bye
big appeal for lbw, but not given! Full on middle, and he tries to scoop it through the keeper's left. But he's been deceived by the slower ball, and the ball hits his boot. That looked out, but DJ cannot believe his luck
Bravo to Frylinck, 1 run
yorker wide outside off, and he steers a shot to deep point for a single

Spartans need 15 off 12.

end of over 186 runs
TS: 107/5CRR: 5.94 • RRR: 7.50 • Need 15 from 12b
Tony de Zorzi17 (19)
Robbie Frylinck8 (14)
David Wiese4-0-18-1
Dane Paterson3-0-12-0
Wiese to de Zorzi, no run
full just outside off stump, and the slapped shot to cover is intercepted inside the circle!

Louis: "ABD is so frustrating, he should've promoted himself to 3 and taken the game by the scruff of the neck. Best batsman I've ever seen, but not a great captain."

Wiese to Frylinck, 1 run
full on middle, and driven down the ground to long on
Wiese to de Zorzi, 1 run
Wiese to de Zorzi, 1 wide
full outside off once again, but this time Wiese's delivery goes over the tram-lines. Gotta bowl that again
Wiese to de Zorzi, no run
full outside off, and angling further away. The batsman gives the bowler a charge, but he's nowhere near the delivery because of the bowler's angle

Spartans need 18 off 16

Wiese to de Zorzi, 2 runs
full on off stump, and that's been dragged from outside the wickets to deep midwicket. Hit so poorly, that it actually allows them to pinch the second run
Wiese to Frylinck, 1 run
length ball angling in, and flicked away to deep midwicket
end of over 174 runs
TS: 101/5CRR: 5.94 • RRR: 7.00 • Need 21 from 18b
Robbie Frylinck6 (12)
Tony de Zorzi14 (15)
Dane Paterson3-0-12-0
David Wiese3-0-12-1
Paterson to Frylinck, 1 run
full and wide outside off, and he slashes a square drive through the point region. Protection in the deep though
Paterson to de Zorzi, 1 run
attempted yorker on middle that's been shoveled over the bowler's head. Mid off cuts it off as Spartans reach 100
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossPaarl Rocks , elected to bat first
SeriesMzansi Super League 2018
Player Of The Match
Lutho Sipamla
Hours of play (local time)Start 14.00, First Session 14.00-15.30, Interval 15.30-15.50, Second Session 15.50-17.20
Match days05 December 2018 (20-over match)
Stephen Harris
Shaun George
TV Umpire
Bongani Jele
Reserve Umpire
Philip Vosloo
Match Referee
Gerrie Pienaar
PointsTshwane Spartans 4, Paarl Rocks 0