JJ Smut’s stunning 73 lifts Nelson Mandela Bay Giants to the top of the league

Captain JJ Smuts led from the front with the bat and played a stunning knock to help Nelson Mandela Bay Giants beat Cape Town Blitz by in the 11th game of Mzansi Super League at  St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

The day started with Cape Town Blitz Captain Quinton de Kock winning the toss and opting to bat first in placid batting conditions. His decision proved to be accurate one as Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan added 72 runs in the first six overs. Quinton de Kock played well and scored 39 off 18 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes. He was well supported by Janneman Malan, who scored 31 off 22 balls with the help of five fours and one six.

Marques Ackerman and Liam Livingston also chipped in with crucial scores to help Cape Town Blitz post a competitive score of 186 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

Liam Livingston put in another credible performance and scored 39 off 25 balls with the help of two fours and three sixes.

For Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Leg-spinner Imran Tahir was the most successful bowler on the night as he finished with 2 for 26 in his four overs, whereas pacer Chris Morris, Junior Dala and Onke Nyaku claimed two wickets each.

JJ Smut led side register five wicket win against Cape Town Blitz in the game played at Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

In reply, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants lost their openers Jason Roy and Matthew Breetzke in the first two over of the innings. Captain JJ Smuts and Ben Dunk put on 53-run partnership to stabilize the innings for Bay Giants. Despite Dunk’s departure, Smuts put on crucial partnerships with Heino Kuhn and Marco Marais to see Bay Giants pull off an amazing win.

Captain JJ Smuts was the real star for the side as he scored 73 runs off 51 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes. Marco Marais chipped in with sizzling cameo of 40 not out off 20 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes.

For Cape Town Blitz, Veteran pacer Dale Steyn was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed figures of 2 for 38 in fours overs, whereas pacers Anrich Nortje, Wahab Riaz and left-arm spinner George Linde claimed one wicket each.

The win means Nelson Mandela Bay Giants now have 15 points in 4matches and are placed at top position in the league table.

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