Cape The city – A report century stand between Ben Dunk and Matthew Breetzke helped the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants guarantee themselves a price ticket to the Mzansi Tremendous League (MSL) play-offs and put the Cape The city Blitz getting ready to removing with a relaxed 11-run win at Newlands on Friday.
Each gamers struck half-centuries in a 136-run opening partnership – the perfect for any wicket for the Port Elizabeth-based franchise of their temporary historical past.
Australian Dunk, probably the most big name performers of the marketing campaign, clubbed 75 off 56 balls (6 fours, four sixes) and emerging younger big name Breetzke blasted 64 off 40 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes) to hold their aspect to 173 for 6 once they had misplaced the toss and had been put into bat.
Janneman Malan then smashed six sixes in his 60 off 41 balls (1 4) because the hosts started brightly, however Imran Tahir (2/22), Jon-Jon Smut (1/3) and Akhona Mnyaka (1/16) then dragged them again to seal a decisive win.
It used to be one who propelled the Giants to what now turns out a virtually unassailable 27 issues on the summit, with the fifth-placed Blitz desiring to win their ultimate fit in opposition to the Tshwane Spartans and perhaps with an advantage level at Centurion on Sunday to have any likelihood of constructing it via.
It used to be a disappointing finish for the Cape The city aspect in entrance in their house enthusiasts, particularly after promising such a lot with the ball past due throughout the innings of the away aspect and in addition early on throughout the chase.
Dunk and Breetzke sizzled early on. Their stand got here from lower than 14 overs, prior to MSL debutant Ayabulela Gqamane (1/32), a alternative within the squad for the injured Aviwe Mgijima, struck.
He got rid of Breetzke first, prior to Jon-Jon Smuts (7) fell to the phenomenal Wahab Riaz (3/19).
Dunk Fell subsequent to Sisanda Magala, with the openers the one two gamers within the Giants line-up managing double figures because the Blitz bowlers tightened the noose to make sure the objective used to be a manageable 174.
Malan and Quinton de Kock (40 off 19 balls) then introduced themselves out of the blocks to go away their aspect taking a look like they could even get an advantage level at one degree.
The house aspect reached 85 for none by way of the top of the 7th over, prior to the wheels dramatically got here off.
Malan nonetheless caught round, even though, and used to be there till the ranking used to be 122 within the 14th over, however he was one in all six wickets to fall within the subsequent 5 overs for 23 runs because the Blitz simply may no longer get going.
In any case they fell to a heavy loss and one who leaves their hopes of the knockouts putting by way of a thread.
Rankings in short:
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants – 173/6 in 20 overs (Dunk 75, Riaz 3/19)
Cape The city Blitz – 162/eight in 20 overs (Malan 60, Tahir 2/22)
Toss: Cape The city Blitz
Outcome: Giants win by way of 11 runs
– Cricket South Africa
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