CAPE TOWN – AB de Villiers was expected to be the show-stopper, but instead it was a virtual unknown Pakistani and local rookie that stole the show for the Cape Town Blitz on the opening night of the Mzansi Super League on Friday.
De Villiers did not disappoint the 6 953-strong crowd that braved a chilly November evening at Newlands with a sparkling 59 off 30 balls.
It was, though, a lone hand for the Tshwane Spartans, as they were downed by 49 runs.
The night instead belonged to Muhammad Nawaz (59 off 37 balls) and Kyle Verreynne (53 not out off 34 balls).
The pair stroked two sparkling half-centuries to power the Cape Town Blitz to 180/4.