SMSL which is the short form of Mzansi Super League is the South African T20 league cricket competition started from 2018. Now, the 2nd season of the tournament is going where a total of six teams have taken part. Already, the tournament has come to the end of the group stage. Most of the franchise teams have already played seven or eight matches here in the group level. Reportedly, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants found their 5th victory in the 2019 MSL!
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants is a franchise team that represents St George’s Park Cricket Ground in Port Elizabeth in the tournament officially. They are passing a great time in the 2nd season. The franchise team already played eight matches in the season and managed the highest five victories. Still, they are holding the 2nd position because of the run-rate. Now, in their last match, they faced the 3rd ranked team Tshwane Spartans and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants found their 5th victory in the 2019 MSL!
It was the 23rd match in the tournament which took place at the St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth. The team of Spartans won the toss and came to bat first. If we look at their batting statistics, they opened very well. Zorzi and Wiaan Mulder opened the innings for the team and jointly added 57 runs in just 6.4 overs. Zorzi scored 30 runs. The team just dominated the opponent’s bowlers and led the team to a good total. Wiaan Mulder added 52runs but the highest scorer was AB de Villers who scored 63 runs in 38 balls. In the end, they lost five wickets and presented 188 runs in front of Bay Giants.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants came to chase the big score but in the opening over, they lost their opener Matthew who added only 6 runs. In 28 runs, they lost top three wickets in just 4.4 overs. Later, another opener Deb Dunk and Ryan made a long bond and dominated the Spartans bowlers. Ryan was gone when the score was 106 but his individual score was 33. Finally, Dunk and Marco Marais led the team to the victory. Ben Dunk remains not out scoring 99 runs in 54 balls. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants will play their next match against Cape Town Blitz in the upcoming 6th December 2019 at the venue of Cape Town.