PORT ELIZABETH – St George Park is another classic controversy when Nelson Mandela Giants meet at the top of Cape Town Blitz at the Mzansi Super League match on Tuesday night.
Two coastal cities have been the developers of this opening conference.
After the race for four consecutive victories, the Blitz steam trap hit a quick pit on Sunday afternoon when Proteas Captain Faf du Plessis and his Paarl Rocks team stopped their neighbors on their way to the West Kap derb province.
Giants, meanwhile, successfully completed the weekend by filling the double Durban Heat on Friday evening before it came to the right on Sunday at the Tshwane Spartans event.
Blitz is currently top of the game with 18 points for five games, while Giants are just under 12 – although the Port Elizabeth side has played one game less.
"We never adapted from the Highveld conditions to slow and low conditions in 12 hours. We've never had enough runs," said Blitz Captain Farhan Behard.
"The average score is around 146 and we had 140, so we always thought we were playing.
"They had the older Faf du Plessis who kept everything together. We knew they were a dough light when Michael (Michael) Klinger retired, but Faf kept the innards comfortably.
"I think it's great for the team (first defeat). It's always nice to taste a little loss before the playoffs and the finals.
"Sometimes when you win all the time, you tend to glitter things. I think it's a great defeat.
"We find our wounds and put it (the result) to sleep as fast as we can. Fortunately, we have won four out of five and a half, we are happy with the results we have achieved so far."
No desired end result in Cape Derby when we land on 5 wickets.
– Cape Town Blitz (@CT_Blitz)
25 November 2018
Giants are in the meantime testing the Blitz blaze with slow and swinging conditions at St George's Park, especially the two left-hand thread, Aaron Phangison and Jon-Jon Smuts, in good shape.
"In such a race you have to understand your home, you have to understand and you have to play well." I mean, we played pretty close to the perfect game against Durban Heath last week so someone would want to do it again, "coach Eric Simons said.
"We are against Kapkaupunki Blitz, which is obviously a very good side. I think we have a good half in any condition and, of course, knowing that we are going to play five games in Port Elizabeth, we sat with that idea in the draft – we can put the game up at our bowels.
"If we can use the same discipline on Tuesday, of course we will have a tough side to win."
African News Agency (ANA)