Twitter Reactions: Spartans go down in their first home game by 7 runs courtesy DLS method

Twitter Reactions: Spartans go down in their first home game by 7 runs courtesy DLS method

Spartans had batted only 5.1 overs when the rain stopped play.

Tshwane Spartans vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants
Tshwane Spartans vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. (Photo Source: Twitter)

If not the one-sided encounters, the Mzansi Super League (MSL) has been interrupted by the rain frequently in the last few days. This time around it has hurt AB de Villiers‘ Tshwane Spartans who lost the game by seven runs after batting for only 5.1 overs in the chase. This was their first home game and have now lost three matches after playing four encounters in the tournament.

After being invited to bat first, the Giants got off a flyer. JJ Smuts and Marco Marais added 40 runs in less than five overs. But the former fell for 19 and then began their slide. The middle-order crumbled like a pack of cards even as Marais kept on playing his shots. But Lutho Simapla castled him in the 15th over and this is where, brakes were apllied on the run-scoring.

They were 112/5 after 15 overs and some exceptional death bowling from the Spartans led to the Giants crawling their way towards 143/9 in 20 overs. Rudi Second played a decent knock of 26 off 17 balls and it was him who propelled them to that total while the hosts saw Jeevan Mendis picking four wickets for 22 runs in his four overs. Simapla assisted him well by picking three wickets for 29 runs during his spell.

DLS ruins the chase

With the rain around, the Spartans needed to plan their chase accordingly. But Junior Dala brought his express pace to the fore to snaffled Gihahn Cloete in his very first over after which Magala sent back the dangerous Tony de Zorzi. At 34/2, AB de Villiers came out to bat and took a single off his very first delivery to retain strike for the next over.

However, the great batsman was pinned in front of the stumps by Carmi le Roux to reduced the Spartans to 35/3 and then the heavens opened up to interrupt the play. Unfortunately for the Spartans, the play never resumed and they lost the game by seven runs. The biggest irony for the home team was De Villiers’ wicket. If he wasn’t dismissed off that delivery, the match would’ve ended in a tie.

Here’s how Twitter reacted during the game: