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Twitter Reactions: Janneman Malan and Dale Steyn lead Blitz to third consecutive victory

Here are the best tweets from the game.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn. (Photo by Thinus Maritz/Gallo Images)

A failure of floodlights resulted in the seventh match of the MSL 2018 being shortened. This has somewhat contributed to the downfall of Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in the game against the Cape Town Blitz. The latter continue to dominate the points table with a hat-trick of wins and look to be the early tournament favourites.

Janneman Malan finally makes the most of his starts

Janneman Malan looked impressive in both the previous games. However, he disappointed one and all by throwing away his good starts. But, he managed to reach the expectations this time and put up a good score after his side won the toss and opted to bat first. He expedited the run scoring process right at the top with a 39-ball 57.

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Quinton de Kock failed with the willow in his first game of the tournament. He walked back to the pavilion after getting 6 runs. Asif Ali (22 off 11), Farhaan Behardien (17 off 11) and George Linde (12 off 4), with their brisk innings, helped the Blitz finish with 175/6 after 20 overs.

Dale Steyn comes back strong

The Giants didn’t have a great start in the chase. Dale Steyn, who went for 45 runs in the previous game, came back strong in this one. He dismissed both the openers Marco Marais and JJ Smuts for 2 and 8 runs respectively. He bowled three overs in the first eight and gave away over 10 runs subjected the opposition to great pressure. At the end of 8 overs, the Giants were 39/2 and added 10 runs in the next four balls before there was a floodlight failure.

Hence, the second innings had to be cut short to 16 overs with the revised target being 145. Heino Kuhn, who was on 15 off 18 after 9 overs shifted gears and was tonking the bowlers all around. 51 runs were added in the next four overs. However, some quick wickets and the asking rate increasing put curtains to the chase. Kuhn’s run-out, after he scored 55 off 35 was the turning point. The Blitz won the match by 12 runs according to the DLS method.

Twitterati didn’t look to be impressed with the floodlight failure and lashed out at the organisers. They enjoyed Dale Steyn going all guns blazing with the new ball in hand and felt sorry for Heino Kuhn.

Here is how Twitterati reacted:

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