It was a classic T20 encounter filled with guile and excitement as Durban Super Giants snapped their four-match losing streak to win a thrilling contest in Durban.
It was in the second innings that the wicketkeeper-batsman hammered the MI Cape Town bowlers to ensure a healthy run rate for his team, despite losing Ben McDermott cheaply. The explosive opener was looking to finish the game early after registering a quick-fire half-century.
However, the visitors got a momentary reprieve after de Kock scored 63 off 41 balls. Before Rashid Khan’s side could even think of making a comeback into the contest, Keemo Paul smashed 31 off just 18 balls to bring his side to victory.
But the visitors were given a lifeline after Kagiso Rabada took the game to the wire twice in an over. Rabada bowled a brilliant penalty over to send the match into the last over but youngster Matthew Bretzke showed his guts against Dwayne Janssen to see his team through in a final over thriller.
MI Cape Town stay on top after Odion Smith and Delano Potgieter strike
Earlier in the match, Quinton de Kock won the toss and elected to field first on a flat track at Kingsmead in Durban. It was a brave call considering MI Cape Town’s batting prowess at the top of the order. However, this decision of the South African veteran proved to be a masterstroke.
George Linde also went cheap to further ease the misery for the visitors. That was when the in-form Rassie van der Dussen took center stage for Cape Town, with the Proteas star steadying the ship with the explosive Tim Davids with a quick sweep for the fourth wicket. Just when it looked like both the batsmen would make the runs for their side, the home team dismissed the set batsmen in successive overs.
Rashid Khan’s side were putting up mediocre scores on the board before Odion Smith and Delano Potgieter launched a blistering attack against the home side. The duo added 50 off just 26 balls to propel the visitors to a competitive total of 165 in their 20 overs.