After a couple of big wins against MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals in SA20 2023, the Durban’s Super Giants gave it their all but fell short by 10 runs in the reverse fixture against the Royals. Next up, they will be welcoming the Pretoria Capitals at the Kingsmead in a bid to get their third win of the tournament.
Quinton de Kock’s side are currently fourth in the table courtesy of a very healthy net run rate of 0.440. The Capitals, on the other hand, have won three of their four matches and are placed at the top of the table.
Heinrich Klaasen’s splendid effort went in vain against the Royals when the Super Giants against Paarl Royals. His 56 off 39 balls kept the side alive despite early wickets in the run chase, but they fell 10 runs short.
Durban’s Super Giants will continue to bank on their explosive top order, who thus far have provided some terrific starts in the powerplay. In the opening three matches, they registered scores of 65, 60 and 63 in the opening six overs, setting a terrific platform for the middle order.
Klaasen’s heroic half-century against Paarl Royals took his run tally in SA20 this year to 162 in four innings, making him the leading run-scorer so far. Skipper De Kock (146 runs) and openers Kyle Mayers (124 runs) and Wiaan Mulder (110 runs) have also scored over 100 runs.
The bowling attack will be put to test against the Capitals’ batters, who have been in great form. Prenelan Subrayen was the pick of our bowlers against Royals, who returned with impressive figures of 1/24 and currently has six wickets in four matches at a terrific economy of 6.85. He is also the joint-leading wicket-taker for the Super Giants, alongside English pacer Reece Topley.
Dwaine Pretorius picked up form in the last two matches, scalping up two wickets each in the home and away matches against Royals. Caribbean all-rounder Jason Holder got off to a good start with the bat last time and a big performance from his end is definitely on the horizon.
Despite missing out on four points last time by a narrow margin, head coach Lance Klusenar and skipper Quinton de Kock have plenty of positives to bank upon ahead of this big fixture against an in-form team. Keemo Paul, who did not feature against the Royals last time, might return to the XI as the West Indian offers extra batting depth alongside a few crucial overs of his off-break. No other changes are expected in the playing XI.
DSG’s probable playing XI
Kyle Mayers, Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Wiaan Mulder, Heinrich Klaasen, Jason Holder, Dwaine Pretorius, Keemo Paul, Keshav Maharaj, Hardus Viljoen, Reece Topley, Prenelan Subrayen.