Durban's Super Giants had a forgettable outing in SA20 2023 on Friday against Pretoria Capitals. The visitors also pocketed a bonus point at Kingsmead courtesy of Senuran Muthusamy’s spell that prevented the DSG batters from cutting loose.

Heinrich Klaasen once again was among the runs for the Super Giants, but a batting collapse left the side in a dire situation.  Will Jacks scored a half-century for the Capitals in the run chase as they won the match by eight wickets. 

A slow start in the powerplay

The Super Giants' captain Quinton de Kock had opted to bat in conditions he expected to encounter swing and seam in. The wicket also offered some grip at the beginning. Pretoria skipper Wayne Parnell removed DSG opener Kyle Mayers with the very first ball of the match.

Durban were soon reduced to 23/3 in the powerplay with Wayne Parnell and Anrich Nortje dismissing Wiaan Mulder and Quinton de Kock, respectively.

Klaasen adds some crucial runs

Heinrich Klaasen (31 in 24 balls) and Caribbean all-rounder Jason Holder picked up some momentum in the seventh over by smashing three sixes off Jimmy Neesham, but the Capitals’ spinners took charge of the situation soon. 

Senuran Muthusamy picked up three quick wickets and English leggie Adil Rashid got the crucial wicket of Klaasen. Nortje and Eathan Bosch returned to mop up the tail as the Super Giants were bowled out for 80 runs in 18.1 overs.

Mayers with a moment to cherish

Kyle Mayers produced a moment to smile for the Kingsmead crowd with a first-ball wicket in the second innings. The West Indian dismissed Phil Salt, who went to clear the mid-off fielder but found the fielder, thus giving the local crowd some voice. 

Capitals bag bonus points with an early finish

Will Jacks and Theunis de Bruyn took full advantage of the field-restricted overs and scored 70 runs in the opening six overs. Keshav Maharaj broke their partnership by dismissing Jacks, but the Capitals completed the run chase in the eighth over, thus gaining a bonus point. 

"Bad execution with the bat," said de Kock after the match. "We just weren't good enough. It's not a game we should dwell too much on. We're going to need to look past this and carry on."

The Super Giants find themselves fifth on the points table with four points in six matches and will face the Sunrisers East Cape next on Monday.

Brief scores: 

Durban Super Giants 80 all out in 18.1 overs (Heinrich Klaasen 31, Senuran Muthusamy 3/12) lost to Pretoria Capitals 84/2 in 7.4 overs (Will Jacks 56, Keshav Maharaj 1/8)