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November 15, 2017 Dale Steyn News
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Steyn (shoulder) took one for 25 off three overs in Wednesday's victory over the Knights in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
In his first competitive cricket in over a year since requiring surgery for his broken shoulder, Steyn was a shade expensive and only bowled three of his allotted overs, but South African fans will surely be happy he's back playing cricket. He'll look to work himself back into shape for the Titans before the Boxing Day Test against Zimbabwe.
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Fantasy AnalysisInjured in November at Perth against Australia, the oft-injured Steyn is still one of the best Test bowlers in the world when fit. Unfortunately for the 34-year-old, his fitness has been called into question with greater regularity. While originally on track to play in the July Test series, his inability to bowl prior to now has made his return impossible for this series. While he won't be joining the South Africa squad, he hasn't ruled out the possibility of joining a county championship side to build up his match fitness with an eye on the rest of South Africa's Test fixtures. After the England series, they'll host Bangladesh for two matches at the end of September before hosting Australia in March 2018.
Fantasy AnalysisSteyn broke a bone in his shoulder back in November and has already begun swimming, putting him ahead of his schedule. The 33-year-old has 26 five-fors in his Test career to go along with 25 four-fors, and his return to the South Africa attack, along with Morne Morkel, would provide a breath of fresh air in the middle of a lengthy tour that will include ODIs, the Champions Trophy, and T20Is along with the four Tests that Steyn aims to return for.
Fantasy AnalysisSteyn was injured in November and with a six-month timetable, will miss the IPL as well as the team's fixtures prior to the Protean's tour of England, which he hopes to be fully fit for. His return would be a boon to the attack, having taken 417 wickets in his Test career including a whopping 26 five-fors and five 10 wicket hauls.
Fantasy AnalysisTaking the extremely important wicket of in-form batsman David Warner for 97 in his previous overs, fortunes were looking up for Steyn and the South African side. However, the fast bowler was unable to complete his next over and left the field, not to be seen again for the rest of the day. It was later confirmed that Steyn had fractured his right shoulder and that he would miss the entire tour. His replacement is likely to be Morne Morkel if he can be cleared from his own injury problems or Kyle Abbott.
Fantasy AnalysisChasing 195 in 18 overs was a big ask for the Tridents, and the victory for the top-of-the-table Tallawahs was confirmed thanks largely to the bowling performance of Steyn. Wickets included the Tridents' captain Kieron Pollard on 16 and fellow countryman David Wiese for a golden duck. The four-for now takes Steyn's tournament total to 12 as he leaves the CPL having been recalled by Cricket South Africa.
Fantasy AnalysisSteyn ended the tournament with a flourish, nabbing a pair of wickets in each of his last three matches. Overall, his eight dropped every 16.3 balls, which was accompanied by a 6.82 economy rate. When he returns to South Africa, he'll merely be upholding a contractual obligation at an annual awards ceremony.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a tremendous two for five performance Saturday, Steyn backed it up with another outstanding job with the ball, notching a rare T20 maiden while knocking Colin Munro and Dwayne Bravo out of the match, the latter of which helped put the Tallawahs in the driver's seat. Steyn has picked up two wickets in each of his past three matches and is rounding into excellent form as the tournament winds to a close.
Fantasy AnalysisAn economy rate as low as 1.30 is usually associated with a particularly small sample of deliveries, but not so with Steyn. The 33-year-old South African spent nearly four overs at the crease, conceding just five runs from his 23 balls while claiming the wickets of Krishmar Santokie and Alzarri Joseph. Granted, Steyn was playing with the very bottom of the barrel of the Patriots' batting order. His yorker on Joseph ended the match in the 16th over, but at just 75 runs the Patriots were never a threat to catch the Jamaicans.
Fantasy AnalysisThe pace bowler picked up multiple wickets in each of his last four NatWest t20 Blast matches for Glamorgan and comes into the CPL season with form few of his South African teammates can match. He'll join Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Kumar Sangakkara among others on the Tallawahs, who begin their season Saturday against the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots.
Fantasy AnalysisThe well-traveled South African bowler who joined Glamorgan at the beginning of the month had his best innings for the team on Friday. He took four wickets and had 16 dot balls in his four allotted overs and helped guide Glamorgan to a comfortable victory. His position at ninth in the batting lineup limits his upside as a batsman, but he's quickly become one of the top bowlers in the NatWest t20 Blast league.
Fantasy AnalysisBecause of the restriction of four internationals per playing XI, Steyn has been held out in favor of fellow seamer Trent Boult more often than not, though the duo both participated in Saturday's loss to the Indians at Mumbai. In his three appearances, Steyn has managed to nab three wickets with an 8.09 economy rate and 22.0 strike rate.
Fantasy AnalysisSteyn took the place of seamer Trent Boult in Hyderabad's bowling unit, which is dominated by medium pace, and opened with three sleek overs at a clip of 16 runs. Although the strike was exchanged throughout the fourth, Steyn forced countryman JP Duminy to redirect his final delivery into the stumps for his first wicket of this tournament. As a stalwart presence in each edition of IPL, Steyn's 90 wickets have gone for 23.84 with an economy rate of 6.58.
Fantasy AnalysisTaking the new ball, the vaunted seamer conceded at least one boundary in each of his first three overs, including three fours and two sixes during Brendon McCullum's 25-run bombardment in the fifth over. Steyn's next spell lasted only one over, as he left the field to receive treatment on an undisclosed leg injury. After returning a short time later, his subsequent four overs went cheaply (for 19 runs). However, with the Black Caps requiring 12 runs in the final over to pull out the victory, he couldn't contain the opposition, bowling two byes and yielding two boundaries, including a match-clinching six off the bat of Grant Elliott. As the World Cup concludes for Steyn, he downed 11 wickets for 31.45 while giving up 5.02 runs per over. He'll return to Sunrisers Hyderabad for the imminent IPL season.
Fantasy AnalysisSteyn bowled with pace and accuracy, conceding just 3.00 runs per over. He bowled 43 dot balls and had three maidens as he stifled the batting. He has taken wickets in all five matches of the World Cup, and his averages and strike rates for the tournament are coming down after a slow start.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Proteas' posted a massive 411 runs in the first innings, but Steyn wasn't messing around as he took the new ball. DRS review was required to confirm what the umpire missed -- Paul Stirling getting an edge in the third over -- and in his next over bowled, Steyn induced Ed Joyce into a catch at first slip. With five wickets downed through four World Cup games, Steyn also carries a 36.40 average and 5.35 economy rate.
Fantasy AnalysisSteyn picked up six wickets in the three ODIs he participated in within the recent series against the West Indies, posting an elite economy rate of 3.60. Boasting best ODI figures of 6/39, Steyn, the highest ranked bowler playing in this World Cup, is the Proteas' main strike weapon and is primed for an impressive showing.