Mzansi Super League 2018: AB de Villiers announces his comeback with 93 in a practice game
Tshwane Spartans won the match by 5 runs in a thrilling encounter.
Updated - Nov 14, 2018 11:21 am
For the first time since his retirement, former Proteas cricketer AB de Villiers stepped onto the cricket field to play a match and it was a knock of impact. De Villiers will soon be leading the Tshwane Spartans in the inaugural edition of the Mzansi Super League, South Africa’s homegrown franchise-based T20 league. MSL 2018 will feature star T20 cricketers from around the world and promises to be an exciting contest.
The league will span for a month with six teams playing out a total of 32 matches to ultimately take home the trophy. There is already a lot of buzz about it as it is going to be the first assignment for the Proteas legend. Two days prior to the league’s commencement, the Tshwane Spartans met the Jozi Stars for a practice game in which ABD was just brilliant as usual.
AB isn’t a maybe
Even though it’s been about five to six months since he played a professional game, the way he batted it didn’t seem as if AB de Villiers was out of action all this while. There wasn’t even a bit of rustiness and he went about business as if it was any other day.
A ferocious inning from the skipper helped Spartans post 217 runs on the board for the loss of 9 wickets. De Villiers, however, missed out on a well-deserved century and was dismissed on 93.
Although this was a huge total, the match went much closer than expected. It all boiled down to the last over of the match. Robbie Frylinck defended 15 runs in the ultimate over and thus the Spartans defeated Jozi Stars by 5 runs.
The Mzansi Super League will commence on 16 November 2018. In the opening encounter, Cape Town Blitz will host the Spartans. The final of the league will be played on 16 December 2018 and the league stages will follow a double round-robin format.