Warm-up wars, shocks galore in MTN8

Steyn fifi ve wicket haul leads SA to 204-run win

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THE MTN8 knock­out com­pe­ti­tion got un­der way over the week­end and threw up some sur­prise re­sults as the tra­di­tional “big guns” bit the bul­let while there was a pe­cu­liar drama in Tsh­wane.

The shock re­sult, if there is any­thing like that these days, was ar­guably pro­vided in Cape Town. A team that was hur­riedly put to­gether over the pre-sea­son, Cape Town City, showed they were not in the league to just add the num­bers. Theirs was the big catch of the round in the form of Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Sta­dium — a sixth-minute goal from Matthew Sim booted the Glam­our Boys out of the tour­na­ment.

The clash be­tween Plat­inum Stars and Chippa United could have gone ei­ther way but this match-up will be re­mem­bered for the ex­cit­ing dis­play of foot­ball dished out by Chippa, the even­tual win­ners.

In the third quar­ter-fi­nal, Or­lando Pi­rates got a head start with an early penalty from Oupa Many­isa in the 15th minute but goal­keeper Felipe Ovono un­did all that work with his “but­ter hands”. Goals from Buhle Mkhwanazi and Thu­lani Hlatshwayo were enough to halt the Pi­rates ship.

The game of the week­end — Sun­downs against Su­perS­port United had all the mak­ings of a clas­sic. Even be­fore the match started there was an in­di­ca­tion that this would be a thriller.

The two teams had warred over who should oc­cupy which change rooms, bench and from which side of the field to warm up.

Ul­ti­mately Sun­downs won the bat­tle con­vinc­ingly on the field as they handed their neigh­bours a 3-1 spank­ing.

League cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs were drawn against Chippa United while Bid­vest Wits will face new­com­ers Cape Town City in the semi-fi­nals of the MTN8.

The draw took place af­ter the Sun­downs and Su­perS­port United match at lof­tus Sta­dium where the Brazil­ians ran out 3-1 vic­tors.

The semi-fi­nals will be played over two legs with the teams play­ing home and away.

Wits, who will host the first leg, reached the last four af­ter de­feat­ing Or­lando Pi­rates 2-1 on Satur­day while City edged Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 on Fri­day.

Sun­downs’ op­po­nents Chippa, dis­patched Plat­inum Stars 2-0 in their quar­ter-fi­nals match on Satur­day af­ter­noon. The Chilli Boys will wel­come the Brazil­ians in the first clash.

The MTN8 tro­phy re­mains the only tro­phy that coach Pitso Mosi­mane is yet to win with Sun­downs. — su­pers­port.com South Africa 481 for 8 dec (du Plessis 112*, Du­miny 88, de Kock 82, Wag­ner 5-86) and 132 for 7 dec (de Kock 50, Southee 3-46) beat New Zealand 214 (Wil­liamson 77, Rabada 3-62, Steyn 3-66) and 195 (Ni­cholls 76, Steyn 5-33) by 204 runs

Dale Steyn ripped through New Zealand’s or­der early in their sec­ond in­nings in the sec­ond Test, Cen­tu­rion, on the 4th day yes­ter­day. — AFP

Pitso Mosi­mane

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