Durban's Super Giants (DSG) registered a resounding win against MI Capetown (MI CT) at Newlands on Friday. The Super Giants opted to bowl first in the fifth game of the SA20 inaugural season. Regular starter Kyle Mayers produced a scorching in-swinger to remove Capetown's batting spearhead Dewald Brevis for a two-ball duck.
To handle death over concerns, DSG deployed two lanky pacers, Reece Topley and Hardus Viljoen. Quinton de Kock's Super Giants limited the hosts to 44/2 in the powerplay. Skipper de Kock introduced spinner Prenelan Subrayen in the seventh over. Subrayen struck twice in the over, dismissing Rassie van der Dussen and Sam Curran.
MI CT's Grant Roelofsen and George Linde kept an eye on the scoreboard, stitching a crucial partnership in the middle overs. After their 60-run stand, Delano Potgieter hit three sixes in his 11-ball 25 to power the total to 152, which at 65/4 after 12 overs seemed far-fetched.
The Super Giants' openers Mayers and De Kock picked up where they left off in Durban, adding 35 runs in four overs. A stylish slogger in Mayers pounded Jofra Archer and skipper Rashid Khan for big runs. After the former's dismissal, Heinrich Klaasen scored a breezy 36 while Keemo Paul milked three sixes to wrap up the chase inside 17 overs.
When Mayers removed Brevis early
All-rounder Kyle Mayers castled Dewald Brevis' stumps in the second ball of the first over. This early setback paved the way for Durban's Super Giants' first SA20 win in Capetown. Despite Roelofsen's fifty, MI CT could not post a challenging total on the board.
The Super Giants' dominance with the ball
Offie Prenelan Subrayen struck twice in the opening over to remove Van der Dussen and Curran. Sticking with their basics, Topley and Viljoen delivered breakthroughs from time to time. Experienced heads in Jason Holder and Keshav Maharaj bowled economically, keeping it below seven. DSG picked wickets in every phase of the innings to restrict MI CT to 152/8.
Jofra, Rashid smoked for runs
Capetown's go-to bowlers, Jofra Archer and skipper Rashid Khan conceded 64 runs in six overs cumulatively. This set the tone for DSG batters for a comfortable win against the hosts.
Durban's middle order responds with Super 30s
After Quinton de Kock's early dismissal, Wiaan Mulder (30) joined hands with Mayers (34) to take DSG past 60 runs in the powerplay. Klaasen (36) played a responsible knock to bring DSG close to the asking rate. Holder and Paul remain unbeaten to chase the target in 16.3 overs.