Sam Curran of MI Cape Town reacts. Photo: Sportzpics, SA20

SA20: Super Kings and MI Cape Town back to winning ways

The Joburg Super Kings and MI Cape Town got back to winning ways in the Saturday double-header in the SA20.


Sam Curran of MI Cape Town reacts. Photo: Sportzpics, SA20

The Joburg Super Kings and MI Cape Town got back to winning ways in the Saturday double-header in the SA20.

MI Cape Town double up on the Paarl Royals in SA20

MI Cape Town had lost two consecutive matches prior to the trip to the Winelands to face the Paarl Royals.

The match was in the balance until the last over, when the Royals needed 23 off the final 12 balls.

The hosts were favorites at that point, with Jos Buttler still unbeaten on 68.

But that’s when MI Cape Town skipper Jofra Archer stepped in to save the day.

Archer answered his MI Cape Town captain’s summons by dismissing England’s captain with the first delivery in the penultimate over.

Despite Evan Jones and Ferisco Adams swinging with all their might for the final 11 deliveries, the Royals were unable to comeback after the Buttler setback.

The competition was evenly balanced throughout. Bjorn Fortuin, the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, dismissed both Dewald Brevis and Ryan Rickelton, while also helping in the run out of Sam Curran, leaving MI Cape Town in a vulnerable position at 9/3.

The pressure situation, though, was tailor-made for Rassie van der Dussen, who responded with a responsible 49.

Grant Roelofson (34) and George Linde (34) both rendered aid to Van der Dussen.

The Royals bowlers remained focused throughout, with Lungi Ngidi (2/29), Ferisco Adams (2/31) and Tabraiz Shamsi (2/27) all contributing to MI Cape Town’s total of 142/9.

But it was enough on the day, with George Linde (2/23), Archer (1/31), Kagiso Rabada (2/27) and Rashid Khan (1/16) ensuring the points went to the visitors.

Super Kings bounce back

Leus Du Plooy of Joburg Super Kings. Photo: Sportzpics, SA20

Joburg Super Kings lifted themselves off the basement of the SA20 table with a last ball victory over the Sunrisers Eastern Cape.

The home team entered the game on the back of three consecutive triumphs, but it was the Super Kings who finally found some form on Saturday evening.

Sisanda Magala of the Sunrisers went from hero to villain in a matter of seconds. Magala was given the challenge of defending eight runs off the last over and was outstanding with his first four deliveries, limiting the Super Kings to only three runs.

The Super Kings now needed five runs off the final two deliveries. Unfortunately for Magala, Leus du Plooy hit a boundary with his fifth delivery to tie the game up.

Du Plooy finished unbeaten on 47 off 40 deliveries, helping the Super Kings surpass the Sunrisers’ 127-run total.

Apart from skipper Faf du Plessis’ 37, the left-hander received little support.

The victory, though, was set up by an outstanding Super Kings bowling attack that used spin and pace to deadly effect.

Aaron Phangiso making SA20 statement

Aaron Phangiso, the left-arm spinner who was allowed to bowl after being investigated for potential unlawful bowling action earlier in the week, finished with a Player of the Match performance of 4/20.

Phangiso was outstanding from the start, dismissing top-scorer Adam Rossington (40) before attacking the Sunrisers’ formidable middle-order of Tristan Stubbs (4), JJ Smuts (22) and Marco Jansen (6).

Because of Phangiso’s heroics, the Sunrisers’ tail was exposed, allowing quick bowler Gerald Coetzee (4/20) to rip through it and dismiss the home team for 127 in 18.4 overs.

The Sunrisers pushed hard with spinners Jon Jon Smuts (1/8) and Roelof van der Merwe (2/16), but it was eventually futile.