Match in a Glimpse:
Our winning streak at Centurion came to a disappointing end after a 151-run defeat against the Durban’s Super Giants. Heinrich Klaasen scored the second century of SA20, powering the visitors to 254/7 - the highest total in the league. Our batters had a difficult day at work as we were bowled out for 103.
A Super Start for DSG:
No time to rest when you #RoarSaamMore in every game. Guided by this philosophy, we played Durban’s Super Giants after defeating MI Cape Town the previous night in a thrilling encounter.
Local boy Theunis de Bruyn took over the reins as our stand-in captain in the absence of Wayne Parnell who was not available for selection due to an injury in our last match. Additionally, Colin Ingram and Daryn Dupavillion made their Pretoria Capitals debut in front of the home crowd.
Theunis called it right at the toss and we chose to bowl first. In stark contrast to their first-leg performance, Quinton de Kock and Ben McDermott powered the Super Giants to 76/0 in the powerplay.
Neesh, You Beauty:
Jimmy Neesham brought the first breakthrough for us with an unbelievable caught and bowled to dismiss the Super Giants’ skipper. Migael Pretorius got into the act with two quick wickets accounting for Ben McDermott and David Willey in the same over.
Defying scientific beliefs that Kiwis cannot fly, Neesham took another one-handed blinder at point, owing to which Wiaan Mulder had to walk back to the pavilion. This was his third catch of the evening, leaving the Centurion crowd speechless.
A Klaas Apart:
Unfazed by the Pretorian bowling exploits, Heinrich Klaasen ran the show for the visitors at the other end. The Pretoria-born batter raced to an explosive 104 off 44 balls that helped Durban’s Super Giants to post a mammoth score of 254/4 in their 20 overs - the highest total in SA20 so far.
Not the Start We Hoped For:
Getting into the chase, we knew we had a massive mountain to climb. Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned at the start as we lost our openers within the first four overs. Theunis and Rilee tried to stabilise our ship, however, Dwaine Pretorius and Junior Dala bagged their respective wickets. Dala got his third of the evening by dismissing debutant Colin Ingram while Pretorious doubled his wicket count by dismissing Jimmy Neesham leaving us at 70/6 after 10 overs.
A Difficult Loss at Home:
Despite our best efforts, we struggled to build any solid partnerships that could bring us close to the total. We lost to Durban’s Super Giant by 151 runs - our first loss at Centurion.
True to the Pitori spirit, we take our learnings from this match as we aim to come back stronger against Paarl Royals in our last league match.
Brief Scores: Pretoria Capitals: 103 (20) - Eathan Bosch: 23 (13), Rilee Rossouw: 18 (12), Junior Dala: 3/33, Wiaan Mulder: 2/17 lost to Durban’s Super Giants: 254/4 (20) - Heinrich Klaasen: 104* (44), Matthew Breetzke: 46*(21), Migael Pretorius: 2/62, Josh Little: 1/39
Player of the Match: Heinrich Klassen