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Twitter Reactions: A new star – Sibonelo Makhanya unearthed as Paarl Rocks go back to the top of the table

This is the seventh consecutive loss this year for the Jozi Stars.

Paarl Rocks
Paarl Rocks. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The defending champions, Jozi Stars, are struggling badly in this edition of the MSL. They should have won this game against the Paarl Rocks. However, they let it off once again and thus registered the seventh consecutive loss of this season. For the Paarl Rocks, Sibonelo Makhanya was the star. Defying all the odds and under immense pressure, he played a gem of a knock and looked extremely promising.

Jozi Stars lost the toss at Johannesburg and were asked to bat first. Reeza Hendricks played a great knock and scored 74 from only 53 balls. The likes of Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen and Shoaib Malik made handy contributions. Thus, the side managed to get 171/3 in 20 overs which seemed a decent total. Isuru Udana picked up two wickets in the innings while Tabraiz Shamsi accounted for one scalp.

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Sibonelo Makhanya nullifies the havoc created by Kagiso Rabada

The Jozi Stars were absolutely on the top in the chase. Even though the Paarl Rocks scored 53 runs in the first six overs, they lost four wickets. Kagiso Rabada dismissed Henry Davids for a golden duck. He followed that up with the wickets of Faf du Plessis and James Vince for 18 and 1 run respectively. Meanwhile, Duanne Olivier managed to get the scalp of Cameron Delport on the last ball of the powerplay. The 30-year-old played an aggressive knock and scored 32 off 16 balls when he got out.

There wasn’t much of experience in the batting line-up after this and the Stars were on the top. But, Sibonelo Makhanya teamed up with Kyle Verrenynne to build up a useful partnership. The wicket-keeper batsman scored 28 runs from 18 balls before he got out. But Sibonelo Makhanya held one end tight and got good support from Isuru Udana. The 23-year-old remained unbeaten on 63 off 47 balls in an innings that included 5 fours and 2 sixes. The Sri Lanka all-rounder, meanwhile, scored 28 from 16 balls. As a result, the Paarl Rocks won by 5 wickets.

The South Africa fans were delighted to watch the exploits of Sibonelo Makhanya. They opined that he could be one of the solutions for the national team during the current transition phase.

Here is how Twitterati reacted:

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