Twitter Reactions: Dean Elgar takes the responsibility of taking his team home in a stiff chase

Twitter Reactions: Dean Elgar takes the responsibility of taking his team home in a stiff chase

In the pressure situation, Heinrich Klaasen scored 31 off 13 balls to put his team in a commanding position.

Dean Elgar
Dean Elgar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

After two consecutive washouts, the Tshwane Spartans registered their first win of MSL 2019 courtesy Dean Elgar. His brilliant batting exploits helped his side comfortably get over the line in a stiff chase. After winning the toss, the Paarl Rocks opted to bat first. James Vince brought out a masterclass which helped his side post a big total on the board.

But before that, it was the openers Henry Davids and Cameron Delport who got the team off to a great start. Delport was the first to fall for 19 runs and Faf du Plessis followed him after bagging a duck. Soon, the team lost a couple more important wickets as well which subjected them to slight pressure. But James Vince never let this burden get the better of him and came up with a beautiful performance.

He started off slowly and took a while to get to his half-century. But towards the end, he accelerated and put his hitting skills on display. In the last 15 balls that he faced, he mustered 35 runs and thus remained unbeaten on 86 off 53 deliveries. His team posted 185 runs on the board in 20 overs. Morne Morkel picked up two wickets with the ball.

Dean Elgar shows his skills in the shortest format of the game

It was an easy chase for Tshwane Spartans, especially after the start that they got. Dean Elgar was the aggressor in the opening partnership of 102 runs. Theunis de Bruyn scored 42 off 33 balls. At number three, AB de Villiers came out to bat, hit a couple of boundaries before he was dismissed on 19. The pressure was still on at this stage but Heinrich Klaasen played a great cameo towards the end.

Possibly to ensure that his team gets over the line, Dean Elgar didn’t take many risks in the latter half of his innings. It was Klaasen who raced his way to 31 off only 13 balls as his side completed the chase with five balls to spare. Dean Elgar remained unbeaten on 88 from 60 balls. Kerwin Mungroo and Tabraiz Shamsi picked up a wicket each. Twitterati thoroughly enjoyed this dimension of Dean Elgar’s game which is not known to many.

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