Klaasen blasts DSG into first Betway SA20 final

Klaasen blasts DSG into first Betway SA20 final

Super Giants and Sunrisers in for a re-match on Saturday

 

Thursday, 8 February 2024: 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.

Klaasen smashed 74 off just 30 balls (3×4, 7×6) 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 (3×3, 3×6).

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.

Notes

Video from the post-match press conference featuring Nandre Burger (JSK) and Wiaan Mulder (DSG) is available for editorial use in the below link.

https://we.tl/t-0WSAD2bAJv

Rights free images from the Betway SA20 are available below.

Betway SA20 Season 2 | SPORTZPICS Photography

 

Playoff and Final Dates

6 February – Qualifier 1 Newlands

Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs Durban’s Super Giants – Sunrisers won by 51 runs

7 February – Eliminator Wanderers

Paarl Royals vs Joburg Super Kings – JSK won by 9 wickets

8 February – Qualifier 2 Wanderers

Durban’s Super Giants vs Joburg Super Kings – DSG won by 69 runs 

10 February – Final Newlands

Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs Durban’s Super Giants

 

Additional Notes

  • In the event of an interruption, in both the playoffs and final, there will be 120 minutes of extra time before overs are lost.
  • There is no reserve day for the eliminator and qualifiers, if no result is achieved on the scheduled day, then the team that placed higher on final log standings will progress as the deemed winner.
  • For the final – if no result can be achieved on original final day, play will resume on the reserve day from the position the game was in (no restart). All efforts will be made to achieve a result on original day.

ENDS