Durban Heat defeat Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in Mzansi Super League clash
Durban Heat defeated Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in Mzansi Super League by 6 wickets in a jaw-dropping clash in heated afternoon. The match took place at Hollywood Kingsmead stadium in Durban on Saturday.
After a tardy start to this year’s Mzansi Super League clash ( MSL) saw Durban franchise, Durban Heat languishing in 5th position with 6 points before an away game to Cape Town Blitz in Newlands midweek in which Durban Heat won it convincingly by 7 wickets and kept their hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive. The Heat sat on 10 points coming to the home encounter against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants won the toss and elected to bat first, Giants started impressively after 6 overs it was 66/0 Giants were looking good with the pair of Jason Roy and Ben Dunk, the latter was caught at long off for 34, Giants 67/1 After 6.2 overs. Just shorty after while Jason Roy was dismissed for 36, Giants 75/2 8.2 overs with both wickets coming from Keshav Maharaj.
Heino Kuhn was dismissed after just making 3 runs, and it was Shevak Maharaj’s third wickets in the match. Into the 5 last overs of the innings, Giants 117/3. Ryan ten Doeschate was dismissed for 17. After 19.1 overs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants captain Jon Jon Smuts was dismissed for 54, Giants 165/5. Chris Morris was dismissed off the last ball and the Giants finished on 173/6, in 20 overs.
Durban Heat needed 174 runs to win from 120 balls. Beuran Hendricks stroke early for the Giants and Wesley Marshall was gone for just 3. Durban Heat 9/1 from 1.3 overs. Wihan Lubbe was dismissed for quick 31 for Durban Heat with Imran Tahir with the wicket. 10 overs into the run chase Durban Heat were 94/2 needing 80 runs to win from 60 balls. Junior Dala got his wicket just after 11.3 overs and Hanes was gone after his wonderful 41 runs. 15 overs gone Durban Heat were 138/3 needing 36 runs to win from 30 balls. Durban Heat captain was gone for just 21, Durban Heat 149/4. Durban Heat David Miller made 50 runs from 39 balls and his magnificent display saw the home side winning with 6 wickets.
The Heat are now sitting on 14 points on the fourth place five points shy of the leaders Tshwane Spartans.