South African Dale Steyn made a return to competitive cricket after a year as he recovered from a stress fracture in his right shoulder and took one wicket for 25 runs. Steyn helped his team Titans defeat the Knights by 38 runs at the Diamond Oval. The comeback match wasn’t a fairytale return for the right arm fast bowler as he bowled three overs in the domestic T20 match.
Steyn on Thursday was happy to make a comeback to cricket and thanked all his near dear ones who supported him during this hard time and helped him recover. He wrote, “Woke up all good this morning, enjoyed it so much last night. Thank you to those close to me who helped me get back, I love you all.”
Woke up all good this morning, enjoyed it so much last night 😃
Thank you to those close to me who helped me get back, I love you all 👊🏼
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) November 16, 2017
Steyn bowled the second over of the innings but did not have a very impressive return as he started by bowling a no-ball. He was then hit for three consecutive boundaries giving away 17 runs in his first over. However, he pulled things back for himself in the middle overs when he bowled two overs and picked up the wicket of South African Test batsmen Theunis De Bruyn.
Steyn will be looking forward to proving his fitness before the start of the international season as the rainbow will host Zimbabwe, India and Australia. South Africa’s next Test match is against Zimbabwe on Boxing Day which also is the first Day-Night Test in South Africa.