SA20 PR vs JSK Eliminator Report: The Joburg Super Kings are peaking at exactly the right time and have made a sensational turnaround in the season. After winning only one of their first seven matches of the league phase, Faf du Plessis’ team is now only one win away from the final after they defeated David Miller’s Paarl Royals in the eliminator on Wednesday at the Wanderers.
Playing in his first game of the season, England pacer Sam Cook took four wickets and was brilliantly supported by a three-wicket haul from Nandre Burger as the Royals managed only 138 despite possessing batters like Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, and David Miller in their ranks.
The chase was made more than comfortable by openers Leus du Plooy and du Plessis’ 105-run opening stand in 10.3 overs. Joburg will face Keshav Maharaj’s Durban Super Giants in Qualifier 2 on Friday, again at the Wanderers.
Paarl Royals vs Joburg Super Kings As it happened:
Batting first, Paarl indeed got off to a blistering start as Buttler and Roy hammered 26 runs in 2.2 overs. However, the slide began from there as Sam Cook got a faint under-edge of Buttler’s bat through to the wicketkeeper as the right-hander failed to connect the scoop shot. Cook struck again with the wicket of Mitchell Van Buuren in the same over.
Two overs later, Burger also had a double-wicket over, dismissing Roy, caught by Faf at mid-off, and Wihan Lubbe, lbw. The Royals stumbled to 43/4 before Moeen Ali and Imran Tahir got in the act. Ali dismissed Phehlukwayo, and Tahir got rid of Fortuin. The big wicket of the Royals captain, Miller, was taken by Tahir, caught by the wicketkeeper. Miller’s 47 runs in 40 balls helped the Royals cross 120 before Cook returned to take two more scalps in the last over.
The target of 139 was never going to be enough at the Wanderers, and it was made a mockery of by Leus du Plooy and du Plessis. From the second over of the chase, which went for 18 runs, the left-hander collected a flurry of boundaries on the offside to the likes of Codi Yusuf, Obed McCoy, and Fortuin.
Du Plooy got a reprieve through a dropped catch from Vilas when he was on 34, and made it count by notching up his fifty in 29 balls. He was finally dismissed by Shamsi, but by then he had scored 68 (43) and had put the game out of reach of the Royals.
Faf du Plessis finished the formalities, and raised his third fifty in four innings, and remained unbeaten on 55 (34) as Joburg recorded a 9-wicket win with 40 balls to spare.
SA20 PR vs JSK Eliminator Report Man of the Match:
JSK pacer Sam Cook was named the Player of the Match for his figures of 4/24.