Sri Lanka fast bowler Isuru Udana was seen giving the perfect example of sportsman spirit when he refused to run Marco Marais out during a Mzansi Super League (MSL) game. Playing for Paarl Rocks, Isuru Udana was bowling the penultimate over of the match with the batting team requiring 30 runs off the last two overs.
With 28 needed off the last 8 balls of the match, Nelson Mandela Giants batsman, Heino Kuhn smashed one straight down the ground but the ball hit Marais and the non-striker fell on the ground. Udana had the chance to ran out the 26-year-old but the Sri Lanka bowler let the injured batsman get back into the crease.
Mzansi Super League’s official Twitter handle shared a video of the “spirit of cricket” display by Udana. Captioning the video they wrote: “Spirit of cricket. Raise your hand for more moments like this! Always”.
Spirit of cricket🤝
— Mzansi Super League 🔥 🇿🇦 🏏 (@MSL_T20) December 8, 2019
In the match, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants won the toss and decided to bowl first. Henry Davids and Cameron Delport got Paarl Rocks off to a flying start. A late flourish from Kyle Verreynne and Isuru Udana helped Paarl Rocks to post a competitive total of 168 for five in their quota of 20 overs.
In reply, Rocks lost both their openers inside the first eight overs. Paarl Rocks successfully defended the total and registered a 12-run win over Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. Tabraiz Shamsi picked up two wickets for 25 runs and was adjudged player of the match for his economical spell.
With the win, Paarl Rocks climbed to the top of the points table with 27 points from six games. They will now be locking horns with the winner of the qualifier in the final of the tournament.