Nortje makes history in IPL Week 4

Fri, 16th October 2020
Anrich Nortje of the Proteas

Anrich Nortje of the Proteas

It was another outstanding week for the Proteas playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as they continued to impress in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


Anrich Nortje in particular grabbed a lot of the headlines after sending down the fastest ball in the competition’s history – a searing 156.2 kmph delivery during a 13-run victory over Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday.


In fact, Nortje also took up places two and three on that list to knock countryman Dale Steyn (154.4 kmph) off the top in a revved up showing that saw him claim two for 33.


The 26-year-old, who also managed a fairly solid none for 28 in a defeat to top-of-the-table Mumbai Indians, last Sunday, is now up to 10 wickets so far in the tournament.


That is joint-seventh on a list that is being headed by his outstanding countryman Kagiso Rabada, who is the runaway leading wicket-taker in the 13th edition of the IPL with 18 wickets so far.


Like Nortje, the paceman also enjoyed a good week claiming two for 28 and one for 28 in his two outings.


However, both men were upstaged by Proteas limited-over captain and Mumbai Indians opener Quinton de Kock over the last seven days.


After a slow start to the competition, the wicketkeeping star won back-to-back Player of the Match awards with scores of 53 – in that win over Delhi – and 78 not out in an eight-wicket triumph over Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday night.


The past week also marked the introduction of Chris Morris to the Royal Challengers Bangalore XI and the all-rounder did not disappoint.


He picked up three for 19 in his first game, followed by returns of two for 17 and none for 22. Morris also bashed a flying 25 off eight balls versus Kings XI Punjab.


RCB won two of those three outings, including one in which AB de Villiers turned on the style with a blistering 73 off 33 balls to flatten Kolkata Knight Riders.


But the flamboyant batsman struggled in the two other games with a rare duck as well as a score of two.


The only other South African that was in action this past week was Faf du Plessis, whose form from the opening three weeks of action has tailed off slightly.


The Chennai Super Kings batsman hit scores of eight and nought in his two innings, but still remains third on the most runs list with 307, behind KL Rahul (448) and Mayank Agarwal (382).


 


The full list of South Africans at IPL 2020 are: Faf du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir (all Chennai Super Kings), AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, Chris Morris (all Royal Challengers Bangalore), Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje (both Delhi Capitals), David Miller (Rajasthan Royals), Quinton de Kock (Mumbai Indians), Hardus Viljoen (Kings XI Punjab).