After all the hard work that they put in, it turned out that it wasn’t the Tshwane Spartans’ day in the final. Playing away from home against the Paarl Rocks, the team faltered under pressure. In the second edition of the Mzansi Super League (MSL), the Paarl Rocks got crowned as the Champions after a superlative performance. They were great with the ball as well as the bat. Henry Davids played a brilliant knock in the final to help his team cruise past the winning line.
The Tshwane Spartans were asked to bat first after they lost the toss. They didn’t get off to the best possible starts and most of their batsmen played slow knocks. However, AB de Villiers came to the rescue and helped the team get to a respectable total. He scored 51 off 37 balls while Dean Elgar was the next highest scorer with a 22-ball 22.
It seemed as if there was a lack of intent and urgency in their batting style. Thus, they couldn’t get a big score and had to settle with 147/6 in this big final. Isuru Udana and Tabraiz Shamsi picked up two wickets each and kept things tight with the ball.
Henry Davids delivers when it mattered the most
Henry Davids has blown hot and cold in this tournament and the onus was on him and Cameron Delport to take the side off to a good start. However, the left-hander got out after he mustered 18 runs at run-a-ball. However, Davids never let the foot off the pedal. He kept the intensity going and also instilled confidence in Dwaine Pretorius who was dropped early in his innings.
Davids ensured that he helped his team get over the line with his unbeaten knock off 77 off 44 balls. Pretorius, on the other side, got out for 43 (21 balls) when his team was just a few runs shy of a win. Faf du Plessis completed the chase for his team with a single as the celebrations began in the Rocks’ camp.
The fans were delighted with this victory. It was indeed a special one as the team missed out on making it to the final last year because the Eliminator was washed out due to rain.
Here is how Twitterati reacted:
— Cricket Fanatics Magazine (@cricfanaticsmag) December 17, 2019
— Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) December 16, 2019
— Prosport International (@ProsportInt) December 17, 2019
The Paarl Rocks have beaten the Tshwane Spartans by 8 wickets.
Du Plessis 3*
— South Africa Women (@ProteasWomen) December 17, 2019
— syed sulthan (@syedsul17364354) December 17, 2019
RT @MSL_T20: 🎶 Take the trophy home, we the champions champions 🎶
The Paarl Rocks are YOUR 2019 #MSLT20 2.0 champions 🏆
Join us in spreading the good vibes by replying with a 🎉 emoji pic.twitter.com/3KpKMJL4cx
— adi (@adi7anand) December 16, 2019
— AKA (@akaworldwide) December 16, 2019
The #PaarlRocks have beaten the Tshwane Spartans by 8 wickets.
— Sportsnetic Shri (@Sportsneticshri) December 16, 2019
— JV@black (@JVblack8) December 16, 2019
🏏 We are incredibly proud of our #MSLT20 Champions🏆
— Good Hope FM (@GoodHopeFM) December 16, 2019
— Sipokazi Sokanyile (@Syfokazi) December 16, 2019
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