Adams ruins script for AB De Villiers in opener

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17 Nov 2018, 16:20 IST

Spartans skipper De Villiers and Rossouw put on 46
Spartans skipper De Villiers and Rossouw placed on 46

Ferisco Adams struck twice in two balls to smash the script for AB de Villiers and the Tshwane Spartans because the Cape City Blitz launch the inaugural Mzansi Tremendous League with what ended up being a cushty 49-run victory in Cape City on Friday evening.

Chasing 181 for victory, the guests gave the impression to be on track for victory on 116 for 3 and with the previous Proteas captain motoring alongside on 59 at a strike-rate of near 200.

However all-rounder Adams had De Villiers snapped up brilliantly by Anrich Nortje on the deep cowl boundary for 59 off 30 balls (Three fours, 5 sixes), earlier than cleansing up one other key man Rilee Rossouw (15) subsequent ball to knock the stuffing out of the Spartans chase.

They finally slipped to 131 all out – a heavy loss at PPC Newlands.

Adams’ figures of three for 28 effort was just one a part of the story, with the match initially arrange by a nice fourth-wicket century stand between Mohammad Nawaz and Kyle Verreynne.

The pair each struck career-best scores with Pakistan all-rounder smashing 59 off 37 balls (Seven fours, Two sixes) and rookie Verreynne clubbing 53 not out off 34 balls (Six fours, One six).

In the beginning, the Spartans received the primary toss of the competitors and opted to bowl first with Andrew Birch (2/39), Jeewan Mendis (1/29) and Robbie Frylinck (1/34) all placing inside the primary 9 overs – the latter claiming his 100th T20 wicket in his 100th match within the format.

The boys to go had been Dawid Malan (5), Janneman Malan (19) and Jason Smith (25) because the hosts had been left below stress on 67 for 3 at midway.

Nawaz and Verreynne placed on precisely 100, with George Linde including a quick-fire 13 off 4 balls to finish the innings with a flourish.

The Blitz made a shock transfer by opening up with Dane Piedt (1/15) and he rewarded his captain for the transfer by getting Tony de Zorzi (4), with Gihahn Cloete (3) following to Malusi Siboto (1/13).

It was 69/2 at midway with an excellent caught and bowled by George Linde (1/21) ending a 43-run stand between De Villiers and Dean Elgar (32) – the spinner parrying a firmly struck straight hit into the air after which dived ahead to take a one-handed catch.

Spartans skipper De Villiers and Rossouw then placed on 46, however simply as the previous discovered his gear, he was despatched packing by Adams.

The latter adopted and the remaining fell away, bowled out in 19.Three overs, handing the Tshwane aspect a heavy opening loss in entrance of a large crowd in Cape City.

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