Pongolo’s career-best figures secure play-off spot for Stars
Nono Pongolo produced the best bowling figures of the MSL T20 when he bagged six for 20, as the Spartans were rolled over for 138 in 17.2 overs.
After opting to bat first, Rassie van der Dussen and Dan Christian produced a 118-run partnership which powered the Stars to 239/3. In-form Reeza Hendricks was dismissed early in the innings but that didn’t much of a damage to the Jozi Stars.
Kagiso Rabada was used as a pinch-hitter, and he, alongside other batters laid the platform for their side by getting them to 121 for three in the 13th over.
It was then the Van der Dussen and Christian show, with the pair launching into the Tshwane bowlers.
The former fell four shy of a century after blazing 96 off 44 balls, with the latter dealing only in sixes as he massacred six on his way to 52 off 19 balls.
This allowed Jozi to post the highest total of the competition.
In reply, Pongolo produced the figures of his life to knock the stuffing out of the Spartans.
Opener Gihahn Cloete managed to cross 50 but there was little else in terms of support.
Skipper AB de Villiers fell to Kagiso Rabada via a superb catch by Simon Harmer, deflating any hope his side may have had.
Pongolo kept chipping away at the other end to secure the Stars the biggest win of the competition.