Twitter Reactions: Maharaj, Miller and others team up to flabbergast the Giants

Twitter Reactions: Maharaj, Miller and others team up to flabbergast the Giants

Wihan Lubbe was great with his knock where he raced his way to 31 off 11 balls.

Durban Heat
Durban Heat. (Photo Source: Twitter)

After four wins in as many matches at the start of the tournament, the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants seemed to have fallen apart slightly. The side recorded two back-to-back losses; this time, it was against the Durban Heat. The Heat won just one game out of six before this match. Thus, clearly, the Giants were the favourites. But, Keshav Maharaj and David Miller along with the other players led the attack for the Durban-based franchise and helped register what was truly a memorable win.

After they opted to bat first, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants got a good score on the board. The openers – Ben Dunk and Jason Roy – took the team off to a great start. While the former raced his way to 34 off 18 balls, the latter got 36 from 26 deliveries. Captain JJ Smuts mustered 54 runs off 37 balls.

Even though they could have got a bigger total on the board, the knocks from Heino Kuhn (0 off 4) and Ryan ten Doeschate (17 off 22) slowed things down. Towards the end, Marco Marais provided the team with the final impetus with his unbeaten 11-ball 25. This propelled the score to 173/6 in 20 overs. Keshav Maharaj picked up three wickets.

Wihan Lubbe displays another dimension of his game

The Durban Heat lost their opener Wesley Marshall for just 3 runs. However, Wihan Lubbe – at number three – made the best use of the field restrictions. The 27-year-old was always thought of as someone who plays the anchor and doesn’t go for too many big hits. But this time, he showed a different dimension of his game. In just 11 balls, he scored 31 runs before Imran Tahir got the better of him.

Dane Vilas also played an aggressive knock and scored 25 runs from 14 balls. Meanwhile, Alex Hales and David Miller played the anchors in this innings. Two highly aggressive players playing the second fiddle was surprising but that was the need of the hour. The England cricketer got out after he scored 41 runs from 38 balls. On the other hand, David Miller remained unbeaten on 50 off 39 balls and saw to it that his team got over the line. Ravi Bopara also played a handy cameo of 18 off 8 balls as the Heat won by 8 wickets.

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