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De Villiers’ onslaught goes in vain as Cape Town end up with 49-run win

De Villiers’ onslaught goes in vain as Cape Town end up with 49-run win

Ball-by-ball clips & scorecard: Cape Town Blitz v Tshwane Spartans - Match 1 - Cape Town

Ferisco Adams’ two wickets in two balls ruined the script for AB de Villiers and the Tshwane Spartans as the Cape Town Blitz ended up with a comfortable 49-run win.

With 181 set for victory, the visitors appeared to be in the driving seat on 116 for three and with the former Proteas captain motoring along on 59 at a strike-rate of close to 200.

But all-rounder Adams had De Villiers snapped up by Anrich Nortje on the deep cover boundary for 59 off 30 balls (3 fours, 5 sixes), before cleaning up Rilee Rossouw on the next ball to restrict the Spartans. Spartans eventually slipped to 131 all out.

The match was initially set up by a fine fourth-wicket century stand between Mohammad Nawaz and Kyle Verreynne. The pair both struck career-best scores with Pakistan all-rounder smashing 59 off 37 balls and rookie Verreynne clubbing unbeaten 53 off 34 balls.

Cape Town Blitz were left under pressure as the hosts were in trouble on 67 for three at halfway mark.

Nawaz and Verreynne put on exactly 100, with George Linde adding a quick-fire 13 off four balls to end the innings with a flourish.

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