The Tshwane Spartans have been one of the most attractive sides in the league without a scope of a doubt and they richly deserved a place in the final, which they confirmed with a win in the Eliminator on Friday. They will be up against the table-toppers from the group stages, the Paarl Rocks, for the championship.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Giants had such a terrific tournament thus far and were expected to pull off another big performance in this semifinal fixture. The toss went their way earlier as well and they chose to field first. Dean Elgar and Tony de Zorzi couldn’t give them the best of starts but AB de Villiers played a short-little cameo to get the scoring rate up.
Skipper Heinrich Klaasen’s struggle continued in the tournament as he once again got dismissed for a below-par score. At 79/4, it seemed like a total around 150 would be good enough for the Spartans to pose a strong challenge. But Pite van Biljon had other ideas alongside David Wiese, who chipped in with an important partnership at a good scoring rate.
The duo added 87 runs unbeaten for the 5th wicket, which helped Spartans post a 166-run total on the board losing 4 wickets. Biljon finished with a 32-ball 48 whilst Wiese managed to score 31 runs in 23 deliveries. Nabe picked up 2 wickets for the bowling unit.
Wiese stars again; This time, with the ball
The Bay Giants needed a good start to make a strong case for themselves in this tricky run chase and they failed to get that. Matthew Breetzke, JJ Smuts and Heino Kuhn were dismissed inside the powerplay overs, which left Ben Dunk in no man’s land. Yet, the Australian continued to go about his business and mustered an important 22-ball 35.
Morne Morkel, David Wiese and Corbin Bosch had complete command over the middle overs, not allowing the batting unit any breathing space at any given point. They picked up wickets at regular intervals as well to keep the side away from the chase, besides a small scare coming from Chris Morris in his 23-ball 43.
The Spartans had done a decent job to restrict the Giants to 144 runs, which helped them seal a spot in the final by 22 runs. David Wiese starred again in the game, this time with the ball, registering figures of 3/30.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Spartans book a finals berth with the Rocks ?
The Tshwane Spartans have delivered when it matters most. ?
They defeat the NMB Giants by 22 runs.?
— #MSLT20 2019 (@MSLT20_OnLive) December 14, 2019
We’ll just leave this here ??
— ABde Fans Trends (@AbdeFansTrends) December 14, 2019
Well done @NMB_Giants for a great tournament, it just wasn’t meant to be, this time. @StGeorgesBB you played right into everyone’s hearts! Thank you @MSL_T20 till next time #bringthegees #MSLT20 #MSL2019
— Sue-Anne (@SueJPullen) December 13, 2019
— Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) December 13, 2019
#MSLT20 we all know now that cape Town is the nice place to host@Spartans go the represents the republic or gauteng the home of champion and return it home
But let warn you be carefull there…
Congrats again for final and good luck
— Tlou (@Tlou56866378) December 13, 2019
— Synncube (@synncube) December 13, 2019
— ????_??g?? ? (@nenapirali_prem) December 13, 2019
— Bhargesh 12 ? (@CricJammy_12) December 13, 2019
— ABde Fans Trends (@AbdeFansTrends) December 13, 2019
Happy for the Spartans,but sad to see the fighting Giants knocked out. Best friends meet up on opposite sides when Faf and AB go at it in the final. #MSLT20
— Rumple Spilskind (@justus_beets) December 13, 2019
Can’t Wait #MSLT20 Final
Paarl Rocks vs Tshwane Spartans
— Cricket SA Fans (@CricketSAfanz) December 13, 2019
Spartans qualify for final over Giants ?
What a bummer that must be for the team. Perform well whole tournament, finish 2nd on log but just due to inferior Run Rate and then don’t make it to the final where it would have been much deserved.
Such is the life of sport?#MSLT20
— Cricket Crazy Saffa ?? (@Dhashnie) December 13, 2019
A whole bunch of winners!!! pic.twitter.com/K47ctXnP4N
— Relebogile Mabotja (@RelebogileM) December 13, 2019