Durban Super Giants secure SA20 top spot after seeing off Pretoria Capitals

Durban Super Giants secure SA20 top spot after seeing off Pretoria Capitals

The Durban Super Giants made sure of top spot on the SA20 table with one game to go after an eight-run victory over the Pretoria Capitals at Kingsmead on Tuesday.

The Super Giants won the toss and decided to bat first. They made the most of the opening ten overs as opener Matthew Breetzke once again shone with the bat in his belligerent and brutal treatment of the Capitals' bowlers. The talented 25-year-old continued on his merry way while wickets continued to fall around him.

By the time the ten overs were completed, Breetzke was still at the crease on 63 off 37 balls along with Heinrich Klaasen with 17 off 10. It looked as if the hosts were on course for a total of at least over 200. However, the Pretoria side pulled things back significantly in the last ten. 

Left-arm orthodox spinner Senuran Muthusamy was fantastic on his home ground with three wickets for 26 runs from his allotted four overs. Right-arm seamer Daryn Dupavillon had gone for 17 from his first over but, remarkably, conceded just five from his last three to finish with figures of 25 for three as the Super Giants managed 67 for 7 wickets from their last 10. 

It meant the momentum was with the visitors, who needed 175 to win. Will Jacks' 41 runs off 26 balls gave the Pretoria side some impetus at the top of the order. When Dala dismissed the Englishman at the end of the ninth over, things began to unravel for the Capitals.

Despite such a promising start to the tournament, Rilee Rossouw was particularly wasteful with the bat with just 10 runs off 27 balls. As well as his stupendous catch to dismiss Breetzke, Dala would go on to dismantle the Capitals' batting lineup and claim a superb five-for, which would see him beat out Breetzke for the man-of-the-match award.

It was the second time in two matches a DSG bowler would take five wickets after Naveen-ul-Haq's five-for in their previous match. The Capitals' tail wagged slightly, but in the end it was another convincing win for the table-toppers. 

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