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MSL T20 2018: Jozi Stars vs Nelson Mandela Bay Giants Live Score, Commentary & Updates

Jozi Stars scored 124/7. Nelson Mandela Bay Giants won the game by 5 wickets and 12 balls to spare.
Updated: 18 November 2018 01:48 IST - Published: 17 November 2018 16:04 IST
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Hope you enjoyed all the action from Johannesburg. Thanks for joining us. Do tune into Sportskeeda for Sunday's double-header in the Mzansi Super League. Cape Town Blitz take on Durban Heat and Paarl Rocks host Tshwane Spartans. 
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Bay Giants' clinical victory was set-up by a splendid performance from their bowling attack. While Junior Dala controlled the batsmen with his varying pace, skipper Jon-Jon Smuts pierced their lower-order with a three-wicket haul. Although the run-chase began shakily, Ben Duckett's blazing stroke-play kept Jozi Stars out of the contest. The left-hander's 45-ball 75 meant that the pursuit was always on track. 
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Nelson Mandela Bay Giants win by five wickets and 12 balls to spare. 

Rudi Second hits the winning runs. A delectable cover drive to seal victory for the Bay Giants. 
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The visitors are now a shot away from sealing victory in their debut match at the Wanderers Stadium. Just four runs needed. 

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 121/5 in 17 overs
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Bonus Point missed! The Bay Giants miss out on securing a bonus point by dragging the run-chase past the 16th over mark. Surely, they should have pushed harder in the last few overs. In a long tournament such as this one, will they be left to rue the missed point towards the end of the group stages?

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 114/5 in 16 overs
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Ben Duckett has all but ensured victory for the Bay Giants. Having scored 75 valuable runs at a rapid strike-rate, he will be slightly disappointed at not being there to hit the winning runs. Nevertheless, this has been a brilliant knock from the England batsman. 
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Duckett has to depart! The left-hander charges down the track after being invited with a tossed-up delivery from Eddie Leie. However, the googly turns just enough to take the leading edge. Nice reward for the leg-spinner towards the end of the game.

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 110/5 in 15 overs
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The Bay Giants do not seem to be in any hurry here. Knowing that victory is their's, they are happy to stroll towards the target. They need  just 18 runs from 36 balls. Full credit to Duanne Olivier who's still running in hard and pushing the batsmen on the back foot. 

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 107/4 in 14 overs
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Pace and bounce from Duanne Olivier! The pacer unleashes a vicious short ball and hits the splice of Christiaan Jonker's bat. An easy catch from the leading edge for the advancing fielder. Although the wicket's too little and too late, the manner in which he outclassed the batsman should build Olivier's confidence for the upcoming matches. 

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 97/4 in 12 overs
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Smart batting from Ben Duckett! After lashing a six off the first ball, the southpaw milks Eddie Leie by manoeuvring the field and running hard between the wickets. 

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 94/3 in 11 overs
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Duckett's anchoring the run-chase with a stellar knock. The visitors are progressing smoothly towards the target. Just 45 runs needed from the last ten overs. Time running out for Jozi Stars in this game. 

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 80/3 in 10 overs
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Heino Kuhn falls! Eddie Leie castles the right-hander with an accurate delivery. Promising start for the leg-spinner. Can he bring Jozi Stars back into the game?

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Ben Duckett has been the only batsman able to take the attack to Beuran Hendricks. The left-arm pacer's spell today: 4-1-13-2.

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 55/2 in 7 overs
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Heino Kuhn joins in on the fun. The powerful right-hander unfurls a sublime drive off the front foot before latching on to a back of length ball. The four and six should help him settle into the proceedings. 

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 46/2 in 6 overs
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Five runs from the fifth over. Aside from a loose ball which is duly punished by Duckett, another blemish-less over from Hendricks. 

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 32/2 in 5 overs
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Hendricks strikes again! The left-armer's angle from over the wicket is creating problems for the batsmen. Marco Marais drags a stifling ball back on to his stumps and ends a painful 8-ball duck. 
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Two fours and a six! Duckett is looking ominous here. The southpaw plunders 14 runs from the last three balls of the over. He's targeting the leg-side viciously.

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 27/1 in 4 overs
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Dan Christian into the attack as skipper Dane Vilas takes out Duanne Olivier after a solitary over.  
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Another brilliant over from Hendricks. The left-arm pacer concedes just a wide from the over. Marco Marais is yet to open his account after facing seven balls. 

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 13/1 in 3 overs
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12 runs from the second over! Ben Duckett infuses energy straight away. The left-hander from England hammers a boundary and a six off wayward deliveries down the leg-side. A poor start for seamer Duanne Olivier. 

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 12/1 in 2 overs
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Wicket-maiden from Beuran Hendricks! What a start to the run-chase! Jozi Stars are not going to go down without a fight. Hendricks builds pressure by maintaining tight lines. Trying to break the shackles, Jon-Jon Smuts hoicks across the line and top-edges a skier off the penultimate ball.  

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants 0/1 in 1 over
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Skipper Dane Vilas' unbeaten 34-ball 38 has helped Jozi Stars crawl to a decent total. Although the surface is showing considerable assistance for both seamers and spinners alike, the Bay Giants will certainly fancy their chances. Stay tuned for the run-chase. 
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Jozi Stars 124/7 in 20 overs

10 runs from the final over. A sluggish end to what has been a struggling innings for the hosts. They need something special from their bowlers to defend this. 
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Junior Dala's figures today: 4-0-19-1. The right-arm fast bowler's lethal mix of extreme pace and well-disguised slower ones have knocked the wind out of Jozi's sails. 

Jozi Stars 114/7 in 19 overs
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Junior Dala is generating some serious pace today. He has been relentlessly hitting the back of length area and the batsmen cannot adapt quickly enough. Throw in the odd slower ball and you've got an ideal T20 pacer.

Jozi Stars 101/7 in 17 overs
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Stunning catch from Aaron Phangiso! Jozi Stars are slipping deeper and deeper into the abyss. Nono Pongolo fancies an upper cut off Ryan McLaren. Phangiso runs in from deep point and dives full stretch. With both feet in the air, he somehow manages to hang on to the ball. The third umpire takes his time as there's some doubt as to whether the ball bobbles out afterwards. But he gives the decision in the fielder's favour. 
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Smuts is on a roll! The left-arm spinner lures Calvin Savage out of his crease by tossing the ball up. However, the batsman does not get anywhere near the pitch of the ball and is also beaten in flight. A simple stumping for Rudi Second. 

Jozi Stars 94/6 in 15 overs
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Smuts picks his second! The Bay Giants captain is wreaking havoc at the Wanderers. Failing to account for the extra bounce on offer, Dan Christian's risky cut shot results in a thick edge to the wicket-keeper.

Jozi Stars 84/5 in 13 overs
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Smuts strikes! A quicker and flatter delivery from the Bay Giants captain. van Biljon misses the line completely and hears the death rattle. 

Jozi Stars 76/4 in 11 overs
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Phangiso gets his man! van der Dussen is not so lucky this time around. While attempting a slog sweep, he misses a slider from the left-arm spinner and is struck fairly adjacent. Replays show the ball crashing onto leg stump.  

Jozi Stars 71/3 in 10 overs
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Jon-Jon Smuts sneaks in a tidy over. The skipper concedes just six singles. 

Jozi Stars 67/2 in 9 overs
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Another drop catch! This one's slightly more difficult. Rassie van der Dussen goes for the sweep and gets a top-edge. Although the ball hangs in the air for quite a bit, the short fine-leg fielder fails to hang on after charging in. Aaron Phangiso does not hide his frustration. 
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Colossal six! van der Dussen clears his front leg and sends Lizaad Williams into the orbit. Can this massive maximum inject some energy into the innings?

Jozi Stars 54/2 in 7 overs
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A boundary each for Vilas and van der Dussen. Sisanda Magala pays the price for erring in length as well as line. 

Jozi Stars 44/2 in 6 overs
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Just five runs from the fifth over. Lizaad Williams maintains the pressure created at the other end by the fall of those two wickets. 

Jozi Stars 33/2 in 5 overs
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After the fall of Gayle's wicket, Jozi skipper Dane Vilas has joined Rassie van der Dussen in the middle. Can they lead a recovery for the home team?
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Gayle departs! Just like that, he flicks his inner switch and raises the gear. The veteran southpaw smashes Ryan McLaren for a six and two boundaries. But the seamer has the last laugh by trapping him in front with a pin-point yorker. Massive wicket for the Bay Giants. 

Jozi Stars 28/2 in 4 overs
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Junior Dala strikes! He has been bowling splendidly and is rewarded for his work early. Upon trying to slog across the line, Ryan Rickelton only manages to edge one to the keeper.  

Jozi Stars 13/1 in 3 overs
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Gayle ends the second over by lifting Sisanda Magala for a glorious boundary through the long-off region. He's off to a sedate start. Just 8 runs off 11 balls. 

Jozi Stars 11/0 in 2 overs
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Gayle is dropped in the first over itself! After getting into the groove with a boundary, the big man tries to flat bat a half-tracker. But he does not time it properly. However, Ryan McLaren drops a sitter. Needless to say, Junior Dala is furious. 

Jozi Stars 4/0 in 1 over
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Chris Gayle walks into the Bullring to open the batting. Partnering him will be Ryan Rickleton. Junior Dala has the ball in hand. Time for action. 
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Jozi Stars XI: Dane Vilas (c) (wk), Chris Gayle, Rassie van der Dussen, Ryan Rickelton, Petrus van Biljon, Dan Christian, Nono Pongolo, Calvin Savage, Duanne Olivier, Eddie Leie and Beuran Hendricks

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants:
Jon-Jon Smuts (c), Heino Kuhn (wk), Rudi Second, Christiaan Jonker, Marco Marais, Ben Duckett, Ryan McLaren, Sisanda Magala, Lizaad Williams, Aaron Phangiso and Junior Dala
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Nelson Mandela Bay Giants win the toss and opt to bowl first. 
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The excitement is building nicely at the Bullring. We are moments away from the toss. Just like Newlands yesterday, there are murky clouds roaming overhead. Will that factor in the captains' decision at the toss?
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Cape Town Blitz kickstarted the Mzansi Super League with a powerful performance against Tshwane Spartans at Newlands yesterday. Today's action sees Jozi Stars take on Nelson Mandela Bay Giants at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. For the hosts, the presence of the explosive Chris Gayle will be a massive boost at the top of the order.

The Bay Giants will be led by the dynamic Jon-Jon Smuts. England's hard-hitting opener Jason Roy can form an eye-catching opening combination with his skipper. The likes of Ryan McLaren, Aaron Phangiso and Junior Dala in the visitors' bowling attack might help them claim the upper-hand in this contest. 

Squads

Jozi Stars

Dane Vilas (c) (wk), Chris Gayle, Ryan Rickelton, Rassie van der Dussen, Sinethemba Qeshile, Daniel Christian, Eddie Leie, Petrus van Biljon, Duanne Olivier, Beuran Hendricks, Simon Harmer, Calvin Savage and Shimane Alfred Mothoa

Nelson Mandela Bay Giants

Jon-Jon Smuts (c), Heino Kuhn (wk), Jason Roy, Ben Duckett, Dyllan Matthews, Rudi Second, Christiaan Jonker, Sisanda Magala, Ryan McLaren, Aaron Phangiso, Junior Dala, Marco Marais, Lizaad Williams and Carmi le Roux
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After a one-sided game in the first encounter, the fans would be hoping to have a much more balance between the two teams as the action shifts to Johannesburg.
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Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the second game of the Mzansi Super League, between the Jozi Stars and the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants.