The game between the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and the Tshwane Spartans was one hell of an entertainer. Fortunes kept swinging between both the teams as if it were playing musical chairs. The atmosphere at St George’s Park was absolutely electric. And much to the delight of the local crowd, it was the home team that managed to pull off a steep chase. Ben Dunk rode his luck throughout his innings but what mattered, in the end, was his unbeaten 99 which helped his team get over the line.
The Tshwane Spartans opted to bat first in this encounter. The top-order played well once again in this game. While Tony de Zorzi scored 30 off 22 balls, Wiaan Mulder mustered 52 runs in 41 balls. AB de Villiers, however, was the star with the willow. He continued with his brilliant form in the tournament and this time scored 63 runs from 38 deliveries. The lower-order tried to score some quick runs and thus the Spartans managed to put up 188/5 on board in 20 overs. Imran Tahir picked up two wickets in his four overs.
Ben Dunk dropped twice in a rollercoaster of a chase
The Nelson Mandela Bay Giants were put on the backfoot immediately in the chase. Corbin Bosch struck first by picking up the wicket of Matthew Breetzke. Then, Lungi Ngidi picked up another two wickets. He dismissed JJ Smuts and Heino Kuhn for 7 and 0 runs respectively. As a result, the Giants were down to 28/3 and seemed to be in all sorts of trouble. But, Ben Dunk built a good partnership along with Ryan ten Doeschate. The wicket-keeper batsman was very lucky in this innings.
Two easy catches were dropped and some tough chances were let off. Several hits which went up in the air fell in no man’s land. At the other end, Ryan ten Doeschate played the second fiddle and scored 33 from 27 balls. Towards the end of the chase, Ben Dunk had an opportunity to get to his hundred.
But he failed to score a couple of runs in the final over of the innings and remained unbeaten on 99 from 54 balls. Marco Marias played really well and scored 38 from 22 balls as the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants won by 6 wickets.
Here is how Twitterati reacted to this victory:
My heart is sore. 😭
But this was an excellent match.#MSLT20 #MSL2019 #MSL20 https://t.co/yaeSKQGuJk
— Klass Savage (@KlassMonama) December 3, 2019
What a treat on a Tuesday evening! @bendunk51 99 not out leadin the @NMB_Giants to a fantastic win tonight!
What a great game of cricket!@MSL_T20 #MSLT20 #MSL2019
— Dee (@DSNhlapo) December 3, 2019
Two exceptional players in this tournament so far, Ben Dunk & Themba Bavuma #MSL2019 #MSLT20
— Tlamelo (@TlameloLorato) December 3, 2019
You gotta feel sad for Ben dunk 99* deserved 💯 👏#MSLT20 #MSL2019
— Saravanan (@saravananmillee) December 3, 2019
Ben Dunk misses out on a ton, stranded on 99* in a run chase#MSL2019
— Nikhil Mane 🏏🇦🇺 (@nikhiltait) December 3, 2019
This tournament is starting to pick up. #MSL2019
— Moses Mothebe (@moses_mothebe) December 3, 2019
@MSL_T20 Lights off😂😂🙆🏽♀️🙆🏽♀️what's happening with this match! @NMB_Giants @SpartansMSLT20 #MSL2019
— Natee (@NateeM25) December 3, 2019
Bye Bye Spartans we hope to see u again.. #MSL2019 #NMBGaints
— BernieMaf (@BernieMaf) December 3, 2019
Can't remember seeing a worse fielding performance than what I've seen from the Spartans tonight.
And I saw Pakistan and West Indies in the early 90s.
Complete and utter circus. #MSL2019
— The LeftBacks (@LeftBacks) December 3, 2019
This year @ABdeVilliers17 Has really come alive in the tournament.
Mr 360° on full display today
— SIMON (@tp_sithole) December 3, 2019
Mr 360 was just showing off there!
23 in one over? damn!#MSLT20 #MSL2019
— Dee (@DSNhlapo) December 3, 2019
#MSL2019#ABD Oh #ABdeVilliers , who ever the Director of #SouthAfrica #Cricket , please approach @ABdeVilliers17 and @ImranTahirSA immediately to come back to the #Proteas
We need them!!!!! #ProteaFire@OfficialCSA
— Minette (@MinetteJohnson) December 3, 2019
Ab de villiers, what on EARTH!! #MSL2019
— Karabo Gungubele (@DEET_KHANDA) December 3, 2019
De Villiers is batting, just in case anyone was interested in seeing some good stuff on TV. #MSL2019
— Hriday299 (@hriday1983) December 3, 2019
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