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SA20 Qualifier 2: Durban Super Giants down Joburg Super Kings to reach Final

Klaasen takes a catch
Klaasen takes a catch

Heinrich Klaasen blasted Durban's Super Giants into their first-ever Betway SA20 final as the Super Giants comfortably beat Joburg Super Kings by 69 runs in Qualifier 2 at the Wanderers.

Match Summary

Durban Super Giants vs Joburg Super Kings, Qualifier 2, SA20

Durban Super Giants 211/6 (20 ov)

Joburg Super Kings 142/10 (17.4 ov)

Result - Durban Super Giants won by 69 runs



Match Report

Klaasen smashed 74 off just 30 balls (3x4, 7x6) to power DSG to 211/6. The Proteas superstar was well supported by Wiaan Mulder, who struck an equally rapid unbeaten 50 off just 23 balls (3x3, 3x6).

DSG debutant, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, also made a solid contribution in his first outing in the competition with 35 off 23 balls.

The Super Kings had done well to reduce DSG to 94/4 after 12.1 overs with left-arm seamer Nandre Burger (2/27) delivering a fiery spell upfront.

But that's when Klaasen and Mulder began their work as they added a mammoth 101 runs in just 38 balls for the fifth wicket to take the game away from the Super Kings.

The JSK run chase was always going to be dependent on their captain Faf du Plessis, but once he departed early after being caught by Quinton de Kock, who took a good catch running back to boundary, the home team's mountain became so much steeper.

It was valiant effort after they had won their Eliminator just 24 hours earlier to give themselves the opportunity of qualifying for the final.

Moeen Ali (30), Reeza Hendricks (27) and Donovan Ferreira (24) all struck cameos for the Super Kings, but nobody could match Klaasen’s sheer brute force of earlier in the day.

Klaasen is now second on the Betway SA20 leading run-scorers list with 447 runs and needs 84 runs in Saturday's final to overtake MI Cape Town’s Ryan Rickelton at the top of the leaderboard.

The DSG bowlers backed up their batters’ pyrotechnics with a complete performance in the field and with the ball.

Junior Dala led the way again with 4/38, with Naveen (2/27) and Dwaine Pretorius (2/17) providing good support.

The catching was also out of the top drawer, highlighted by Naveen-ul-Haq’s two-handed spectacular grab at mid-off.

The Super Giants travelled up to Johannesburg for Qualifier 2 after losing to the Sunrisers Eastern Cape at Newlands on Tuesday evening in Qualifier 1.

They will now return to Cape Town for the final in a rematch with the Sunrisers at Newlands on Saturday.

Match Stats

Durban Super Giants Fall of wickets: 1-35 (Matthew Breetzke - 3.6 ov), 2-37 (Quinton de Kock - 4.4 ov), 3-52 (JJ Smuts - 6.6 ov), 4-95 (Bhanuka Rajapaksa - 12.1 ov), 5-196 (Heinrich Klaasen - 18.3 ov), 6-202 (Dwaine Pretorius - 19.3 ov)

Joburg Super Kings Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Faf du Plessis - 1.3 ov), 2-13 (Leus du Plooy - 2.5 ov), 3-32 (Sibonelo Makhanya - 5.2 ov), 4-86 (Moeen Ali - 11.2 ov), 5-108 (Reeza Hendricks - 13.1 ov), 6-118 (Donavon Ferreira - 14.2 ov), 7-125 (Dayyaan Galiem - 15.1 ov), 8-125 (Samuel Cook - 15.2 ov), 9-140 (Doug Bracewell - 17.1 ov), 10-142 (Nandre Burger - 17.4 ov)

Playing XI

Durban Super Giants 

Joburg Super Kings 


Match Details:

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2024 15:30

Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Toss: Joburg Super Kings elected to bowl

Officials Umpires: Arno Jacobs (South Africa) Stephen Harris (South Africa) Lubabalo Gcuma (South Africa TV)

Match Referee: Barry Lambson (South Africa)

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