02 Dec 2019, 00:02 IST

Sibonelo Makhanya
Sibonelo Makhanya

Sibonelo Makhanya’s maiden Twenty20 half century helped drag the Paarl Rocks out of hassle and hand them sole management on the summit of the Mzansi Tremendous League (MSL) desk after they edged out the winless Jozi Stars by five-wickets in Johannesburg on Sunday.

The appropriate-hander walked in to bat along with his staff on a dire on 53 for 4 chasing 172, however struck 63 off 47 balls (5 fours, 2 sixes) – to beat his earlier excessive rating of 46 not out – because the guests received with 4 deliveries to spare.

It was an enormous win within the context of the season with the consequence formally confirming the elimination of the hosts and defending champions from the competitors. The Stars have misplaced all seven matches so far and can now be taking part in for delight of their remaining video games.

As for Paarl, they now broke away from a three-team pack that had been jammed on the highest to progress to 23 factors and an outright lead within the hunt for the play-offs.

They needed to battle arduous, although, on the Imperial Wanderers Stadium, the place they had been earlier punished by the house batsmen, lead by top-scorer Reeza Hendricks, who crunched 74 off 53 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes) that helped amass 171 for 3 after being requested to bat first.

The Commonplace Financial institution Proteas opener shared in a 99-run second wicket stand with captain Temba Bavuma (37 off 30 balls), earlier than Rassie van der Dussen (28 off 20 balls) and Shoaib Malik (20 off eight balls) took them residence with an unbroken 44-run stand from the ultimate three overs.

Isuru Udana ended because the choose of the bowlers with two for 29.

The Stars then carried the momentum from their robust end into the sphere as key South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada (3/36) took out Henry Davids (0), Faf du Plessis (18) and James Vince (1) contained in the opening 4.Four overs.

And when the free-scoring Cameron Delport (32 off 16 balls) was despatched packing by Duanne Olivier (2/39), the guests gave the impression to be doomed.

However Kyle Verreynne (28 off 18 balls) and Makhanya initially noticed off the robust wave of the Stars’ assault, earlier than chopping free in a 73-run fifth-wicket partnership.

That was adopted by Udana (28 off 16 balls) and the Man-of-the-Match 23-year-old from Durban brining it residence for his or her aspect with some room to spare.

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