The razmataz of the 2019 Mzansi Super League finally came to an end with the Paarl Rocks and Tshwane Spartans locking horns in the finale of the franchise tournament. In the end, Faf du Plessis-led Paarl Rocks have been crowned MSL Champions for the 2019 edition after they successfully swatted aside Tshwane Spartans in what turned out to be a one-sided season finale.
Paarl was packed to the rafters for the marquee finale as star-studded players like AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis descended onto the stadium for the rights to be crowned MSL champions. But, it wasn’t either of them who were the major attraction among the girls in the finals. It was Sri Lanka’s bowling all-rounder Isuru Udana. One of the fans, who was so infatuated even asked the all-rounder to marry her. She was seen holding a placard “Marry me Udana”
But, Udana, who is already married came up with a great reply to the infatuated fan. The all-rounder displayed his finger that had his wedding ring. One of the fans ably captured the moment and took to Twitter where he wrote, “#MSLT20 #MslT20Final fan moment @IAmIsuru17 very good answer I have already one ring.”
— mohamed arsath (@BmArsath1) December 16, 2019
Paarl Rocks crowed MSL 2019 champions
Coming back to the finals, it turned to be a one-sided encounter, to say the least as Faf du Plessis-led Paarl Rocks romped to title glory by swatting aside Tshwane Spartans with disdain. Batting first, Tshwane Spartans could only manage an underwhelming 6-147 after 20 overs. Kerwin Mungroo [1-21] and Isuru Udana [2-20] were the spearheads with the ball as they didn’t allow the likes of AB de Villiers [51 off 37 balls], Henrich Klaasen [21 off 19 balls] and Peter Biljon [19 off 20 ballls] to break the shackles
148 was never going to bother Paarl Rocks. And, it didn’t, as Henry Davids- the tournament’s leading run-scorer- spearheaded the effort with a whirlwind 44-ball 77 along with Dwaine Pretorius, who scored an equally swashbuckling 21-ball 43.
Faf du Plessis was naturally elated with the title-winning heist. In the post-match presentation, the Paarl Rocks skipper said, “I want to thank the fans first. It was an amazing crowd. It feels like a party when you play cricket here. There were fantastic team performances throughout the tournament. We had a very team when it comes to taking pace off the ball.”
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