A solid half-century from captain Jon-Jon Smuts followed by a strong bowling display from the home team’s new-ball bowlers powered the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants to a clinical nine-wicket victory over Durban Heat in the 9th match of the Mzansi Super League.
Smuts (62 off 52) shared a 94-run opening partnership with Marco Marais that ensured the chase would be an easy one.
After Marais’s dismissal, England’s Ben Duckett (21 not out off 16 balls) finished the job with his skipper.
After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, the Durban Heat failed to recover from a poor powerplay. The Giants opening bowlers were impressive from the outset with Junior Dala (2/16) striking with the second ball of the innings before Chris Morris struck twice in his first over.
Morris removed the Heat’s big-hitters Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller with successive balls to leave the visitors in all sorts of trouble at 10/3.
Hashim Amla had witnessed the carnage from the non-striker’s end, but even he could not rescue the visitors after being trapped right in front of the stumps by Imran Tahir in the eighth over.
The lower order consisting of Khaya Zondo (26), Albie Morkel (28), Vernon Philander (26) and Keshav Maharaj tried hard to add as much as possible to the total but their momentum was stalled when captain Morkel was forced to retire hurt after a freak accident out in the middle.
Heat ended up scoring 127 which was chased down easily in 17.3 overs by the opposition.