Mzansi Super League 2019 action carried on with a double header Sunday as the Cape Town Blitz took on the league leaders Tshwane Spartans at the Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa.
Earlier in the day, the Paarl Rocks triumphed over the Jozi Stars getting back to the top of the league standings chasing down a target of 172 put up by the Jozi Stars.
The second match saw the Cape Town Blitz win the toss and elect to bat first against the Tshwane Spartans. The skipper Quinton de Kock departed early in the innings but the league's highest run scorer Janneman Malan partnered up with David Bedingham and took charge of the innings. The pair set the stage for a good total for the Blitz on the night.
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Cape Town Blitz put up a total of 157/5 for the Tshwane Spartans to chase to get back to the top of the MSL 2019 standings. The Spartans were in for a rough ride in their innings as the Blitz bowling unit were on point since the beginning.
Dale Steyn and Wahab Riaz were the pick of the bowlers getting five wickets between them getting rid of the dangerous trio of Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers and Heinrich Klaasen. However, the Tshwane Spartans' middle order batsman Pite von Biljon scored 62 runs to put his side within reach of the target but ended up losing in the end.
We take a look at the three players whose performances on the pitch played an important role in determining the result of the match.
#3 Pite von Biljon - Tshwane Spartans
Tshwane Spartans' middle order batsman Pite von Biljon was the unlikely hero for the team tonight as the usual lynchpins - Dean Elgar and AB de Villiers were not able to lead the chase. Pite von Biljon came in at a point when the Spartans were struggling at 48-4 to partner up with AB de Villiers before he departed at 90-5.
Biljon took up the mantle upon himself to spearhead the chase for the Tshwane Spartans and scored at a brisk rate to create a good chance to get the win for the team. At one point, they needed 21 runs to win off 7 balls but unfortunately, Wahab Riaz got rid of Biljon to put a giant dent in the Spartans' chances of a win.
Biljon got out after scoring 62 runs in 42 balls having scored 4 fours and 3 sixes getting his score at a strike rate of 147.61. His performance on the night was one of the key highlights for the Tshwane Spartans.