Leus du Plooy’s aggressive 81 not out, along with three-fors from Kyle Simmonds (3-23), and Gerald Coetzee (3-27), all contributed to Joburg Super Kings’ 76-run home victory over MI Cape Town in their meaningless final league match of the inaugural SA20 on Monday.
Sam Curran (2/26) of Cape Town had had a strong start with the ball as Super Kings lost three wickets during the Powerplay after being ordered to bat first, including both of their openers who were dismissed for ducks. However, du Plooy dramatically turned things around with his big-hitting to lead his team to a dominant 189/6. In his 48-ball innings, he hit 11 boundaries and a six, dominating most of the partnerships he was a part of.
However, Matthew Wade was able to steal some attention when he played a cameo of 40 runs in only 18 balls, scoring eight boundaries and a six in the 46-run fourth-wicket stand before being bowled by Jofra Archer 10 short of a fifty. Kyle Simmonds was the second Archer chose, but Super Kings were in a good position to produce a difficult total with du Plooy batting through after coming to the crease after the second ball of the innings.
The chase by Cape Town never really got going because they were losing wickets too frequently to gain any momentum. The only other players who started were wicketkeeper Grant Roelofsen (21) and opener Rassie van der Dussen (20), and young Dewald Brevis, who scored the highest total of 27. Brevis was the final victim as Simmons and Coetzee put an end to the match with 2.1 overs remaining.
Joburg Super Kings defeated MI Cape Town 113 all out in 17.5 overs (Dewald Brevis 27; Kyle Simmonds 3-23, Gerald Coetzee 3-27) by 76 runs (Leus du Plooy 81*, Matthew Wade 40; Sam Curran 2-26, Jofra Archer 2-35).
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