Another clinical performance by the boys tonight and it all culminated in a massive 125-run win for us against Paarl Royals at Kingsmead. The victory, and the bonus point that came with it, also took us five points clear at the top of the SA20 2024 standings with a tally of 27 from eight matches and made us the first team to qualify for the playoffs this season.
It was a fantastic all-round team performance with Matthew Breetzke (78 off 43) and Heinrich Klaasen (50 off 17) taking us to 208/7 after a rocky start. Noor Ahmad (5/11) wrecked the PR batting order with the ball.
Masterful Breetzke-Klaasen knocks take us past 200
Electing to bat first, we looked to be in a spot of bother early on. After losing Tony de Zorzi, Quintin de Kock and JJ Smuts, we ended the powerplay at 48/3.
The ever-reliable Matthew Breetzke and Marcus Stoinis came together and batted responsibly to steady the ship. We didn’t lose any more wickets in the next three overs but added just eight to the score.
However, it was just the calm before the storm. Breetzke, who was batting at 24 off 19 at the end of the ninth over, exploded and reached his fifty in just 30 balls. He added 28 more of the next 13 deliveries he faced before playing one to Jos Buttler off Tabraiz Shamsi.
Shamsi also picked up Stoinis, who held up the other end brilliantly with 38 off 36 balls, in the same over to deal us a double blow.
Breetzke’s brilliant innings needed a fitting finish and oh boy, did it come!
Heinrich Klaasen, with a 16-ball 50, the fastest in SA20 history, put the cherry on the cake. His knock featured two boundaries and six monstrous maximums.
Donovan Ferriera, who scored his 50 off 18 while playing for Joburg Super Kings against Pretoria Capitals earlier this season, previously held the record for the fastest half-century in SA20.
Klaasen did get caught in the deep in the final ball of our innings but his onslaught helped us post a healthy total of 208/7 in our allotted 20 overs.
Noor spins a web around Royals
Our bowlers, like they have done so many times this season, provided the early breakthroughs. After Reece Topley and Stoinis got rid of Buttler and Jason Roy, respectively off consecutive overs, Naveen-ul-Haq removed Wihan Lubbe to reduce Royals to 42/3.
After that, Noor Ahmad took centerstage and ran through Royals' batting order. The youngster bamboozled PR captain David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo in successive deliveries immediately after coming into the attack and eventually finished with astonishing figures of 5/11 in 3.2 overs.
Bjorn Fortuin, Obed McCoy and Shamsi were Noor’s other victims while Keshav Maharaj chipped in with two wickets. The PR innings wrapped up for just 83 - their lowest score in SA20 to date.
Mitchell Van Buuren, who remained unbeaten on 36, and Jason Roy were the only PR batters to reach double figures on the night.
What next for the Super Giants?
We’ll host Pretoria Capitals next on Tuesday.
Brief Scores: Durban’s Super Giants 208/7 in 20 overs (Matthew Breetzke 78; Tabraiz Shamsi 2/20) beat Paarl Royals 83/10 in 13.2 overs (Mitchell Van Buuren 36*; Noor Ahmad 5/11) by 125 runs.