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Dale Steyn makes quiet return to cricket after year-long absence

More than a year after suffering a stress fracture in his right shoulder in a Test in Australia, Dale Steyn took 1/25 to help his Titans franchise defeat the Knights by 38 runs in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.

cricket Updated: Nov 16, 2017 10:39 IST
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Dale Steyn, returning from a lengthy injury lay-off, made a successful comeback to competitive cricket by collecting 1/25 in Titans’ 38-run win over the Knights in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge. (Twitter )

Dale Steyn, South African fast bowler, wasn’t looking for anything spectacular in his comeback to professional cricket, and he duly delivered three largely uneventful overs in a domestic Twenty20 match on Wednesday.

More than a year after suffering a stress fracture in his right shoulder in a Test in Australia, Steyn, 34, took one for 25 to help his Titans franchise defeat the Knights by 38 runs at the Diamond Oval.

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Bowling the second over of the innings, with his team defending 199, Steyn started with a no-ball, then conceded three fours off successive balls in a first over which cost 17 runs.

But a two-over spell in mid-innings brought him the wicket of Test squad batsman Theunis de Bruyn while conceding only eight runs, including a wide.

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He also contributed a catch in the covers and left the field with a smile on his face.

Steyn needs to prove his fitness before South Africa’s next Test engagement, a day-night encounter against Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth from December 26 to 29.

First Published: Nov 16, 2017 10:38 IST