1st Match (D/N), Johannesburg, Nov 8 2019, Mzansi Super League
(20 ov, target 214)198/5
Blitz won by 15 runs
player of the match
Janneman Malan
Cape Town Blitz
end of over 208 runs
JS: 198/5CRR: 9.90 
Simon Harmer5 (5)
Dan Christian13 (12)
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

end of over 193 runs • 1 wicket
JS: 190/5CRR: 10.00 RRR: 24.00 • Need 24 runs from 6b
Simon Harmer0 (1)
Dan Christian10 (10)
Sisanda Magala4-0-36-1
Dale Steyn4-0-25-3
Magala to Harmer, no run

wafty from Harmer who swings at a ball outside off and misses

Magala to Christian, 1 run

full on middle and driven down to long-off

Magala to Rickelton, OUT

And now surely it is! Magala gets some reward for his variations, this is a shorter ball and flicked to deep mid-wicket, straight to the fielder, who doesn't even have to move to accept the catch.

Ryan Rickelton c Malan b Magala 1 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
Magala to Christian, 1 run

there's room to send this to deep cover and Dan does that, but there's man there so its just a run and its starting to look like this is swinging the Blitz's way

Magala to Christian, no run

short and aimed at the body, Dan moves out of the way

Magala to Rickelton, 1 run

on leg stump and turned to short fine-leg, Stars are now behind where the Blitz were at this stage, 201-3