Steyn, Malan lead Blitz to victory

Dale Steyn and Janneman Malan lead the Cape Town Blitz to a 12-run Duckworth/Lewis victory over the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in the Mzansi Super League T20 encounter at PPC Newlands on Wednesday.
Man of the match Malan scored 57 from 39 balls to help the Blitz to 175 for six after Farhaan Behardien had won the toss and elected to bat first. Steyn then lead from the front with the ball, claiming 2-1 in his first two overs before ending on 2-32 from four overs as the Giants were restricted to 132 for six in 16 overs, in pursuit of an adjusted target of 145.
The match was interrupted in the 9th over when one of the pylons went out, throwing some darkness on the field with the Giants on 49 for two. The 17-minute break seemed to galvanise the visitors as Ben Duckett (23) and Heino Kuhn (55) came out guns blazing.
The chase had started in poor fashion for the men from Port Elizabeth, with Steyn claiming the early wickets of Marco Marais (2), caught by Quinton de Kock behind the stumps and then a brilliant caught and bowled effort to dismiss Jon-Jon Smuts.
Duckett, who struck one four and one six, faced 22 balls and was a passenger in the 65-run stand for the third wicket with Kuhn, who smashed seven fours and a six before being run out by Malusi Siboto. Kuhn’s 35-ball innings was brought to a premature end when Christiaan Jonker (8) drove a ball from Siboto (3-0-34-0) straight back with the bowler collecting and then knocking over the stumps with Kuhn halfway down the track.
Hussain Talat (2-0-20-2) then claimed two wickets in two balls, those of Jonker and then Chris Morris for a first-ball duck, both caught at deep mid-wicket by Behardien to effectively end the contest. Andile Phehlukwayo bowled very well in his first outing for the franchise, ending with 1-11 in two overs while claiming the wicket of Duckett.
Earlier, Malan’s aggression upfront gave the home side the perfect platform for their above-par total of 175, despite the early loss of De Kock for six, brilliantly stumped by Rudi Second off the bowling of Imran Tahir (4-0-18-1).
Malan and Phehlukwayo, a surprise package at number three, added 49 runs from 39 balls before Malan tried to reverse-sweep Smuts (2-0-20-1) and was trapped lbw. Malan had struck 10 boundaries and a six from just 39 balls.
Phehlukwayo struck two fours and two sixes and looked in the mood but was only dismissed by a brilliant catch from Aaron Phangiso at mid-wicket, leaping in the air and snatching the ball with one hand off the bowling of Morris (4-0-32-2).
Asif Ali, who smashed a 33-ball 80 on Sunday against the Durban Heat, looked to continue from where he left off, smashing a boundary and two sixes before skying a ball from McLaren (4-0-34-2) and being caught by Duckett.
George Linde faced just four balls at the backend but managed to push the total up with a boundary and a six to end unbeaten on 12, along with Talat on 16 after Behardien had stroked two fours in his 11-ball innings of 17.
The Cape side have now won three from three and head to Johannesburg to take on the Jozi Stars on Saturday full of confidence but all is not lost for the Giants as this was only their second match after having won their first game against the Stars by five wickets. The Giants head back home for a match against the Heat on Friday evening.

Author: Brendon

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