Dale Steyn might have over 400 Test wicket, but when it comes to bowling in the T20s, you cannot expect any niceties. Steyn was playing his first match in the BBL 2019/20 for the Melbourne Stars.
Melbourne won the toss and elected to bowl first. Steyn came out to bowl the second over and started with a dot ball. But what followed was some power hitting from Adelaide Strikers opener Jake Weatherald. The next four balls went for 20 runs with two sixes and two fours.
However, Steyn came back with the last ball to claim Weatherald’s wicket.
Dale Steyn’s first over-
A video of Steyn’s first over was obtained from BBL’s twitter handle.
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Steyn later bowled two more overs, and gave away just nine more runs, as the Strikers scored 4 runs in their 20 overs.
At the end of the match, Steyn admitted that he did not have the greatest of starts after coming in determined to well.
“My first over was a shocker,” Dale Steyn was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
“Maybe nerves, eager to perform, it just shows there’s a bit of a care factor, you want to do well for your team and I’ve been really excited about playing in the Big Bash. “You want to come in and put a stamp on the game, so there’s always a bit of nerves.”
“Last campaign (in South Africa) I wanted to be more aggressive, take more wickets but tonight I didn’t feel like I had that in myself.”
“And when you go for 20 in your first over you drag things back; you don’t want to look like an absolute idiot in your first game.”
Friday’s match was Melbourne’s first loss of the season having played three games. Their next match is scheduled against Hobart Hurricanes on December 30.