Match Centre

Scorer: Wayne | Commentator: Firdose Moonda

20 | 8 Runs | JS: 198/5 (16 runs required, RR: 9.90)

  • Simon Harmer5 (5b)
  • Daniel Christian13 (12b)
  • Anrich Nortje3-0-41-0
  • Sisanda Magala4-0-36-1

Great game to kick off this edition of the MSL - albeit a hectic return to commentary for me. Apologies for the little errors I may have made, I am just warming up, and hope to catch you again soon. Until then, it's goodnight from me.

Here's some nuggets from the presentation:

Temba Bavuma: We knew it was going to be a good wicket and we backed our line-up to chase down whatever they put. I thought we were in control up to the 15th over. Our confidence is not dented as a team. I haven't felt much pressure. It's nice to be back in Johannesburg, back at home, playing with guys I am familiar with. There is responsibility captaining the defending champions but its also about having fun.

MOM Janneman Malan: It was good fun. Complements to my partners. I could just get one and a boundary. It would have been fun to get the extra run but not too bothered about it. Credit to Dale Steyn.He wasn't supposed to do so well on this wicket.

Quinton de Kock: We just wanted to come here and show the other teams what we are about. We wanted to stamp out authority down. I was just tagging along Janneman, He was flying along. The guys batted superbly. When Dale picked up a wicket, we spoke about it being time to step it up. That's what I asked for, that's what I got. It's great to get over the line. I am still getting used to captaining but as I am starting to get older, slowly become a leader, whether I am captain or not.

So, Quinton de Kock has claimed his first win as captain of the Cape Town Blitz, at his old stomping ground, The Wanderers. It was his opening partner Janneman Malan who set the tone with a magnificent 99 against an inconsistent Jozi Stars attack. The target of 214 was always going to be challenging but new Jozi Stars captain Temba Bavuma was confident chasing under lights would be easier. Reeza Hendricks scored 80, and showed off his excellent timing and placement, and had some help, but not enough. It was that man Dale Steyn who announced how much he still has to offer, with 3 for 25 in his four overs, featuring two good catches from Sisanda Magala, that was the difference between the sides.

Nortje to Harmer, 1 run, Heaved through the covers, that's the end of that. Jozi fall 16 runs short.
Nortje to Harmer, 2 runs, In the blockhole and dug out, only as far as deep square leg
Nortje to Harmer, no run, Jozi know this is over. It's full and Harmer tries to send that over fine leg but makes no contact at all
Nortje to Harmer, 2 runs, Defended on the back foot, as far as long on and there's two more but its not enough
Nortje to Christian, 1 run, chipped up and over towards third man, there's a chance of a catch but it bounces in front of the man
Nortje to Christian, 2 runs, slower ball and its slugged away to deep mid-wicket, they push and succeed in getting two but its not going to be enough

24 runs needed off the final over and Nortje will bowl the final over

Stars 2nd innings Partnerships

1st32CH GayleRR Hendricks
2nd76RR HendricksT Bavuma
3rd53RR HendricksHE van der Dussen
4th26DT ChristianRR Hendricks
5th2DT ChristianRD Rickelton
6th9DT ChristianSR Harmer