Klaasen delivers supersonic innings

Henry

It currently looks like teams will have to know their story to beat the Durban’s Super Giants in the SA20 tournament.

Thanks to the flashy bats of Matthew Breetzke, Quinton de Kock, JJ Smuts and Heinrich Klaasen, they boast more than enough willow batting explosiveness, while Reece Topley, Noor Ahmad and Keshav Maharaj regularly topple wickets.

The Durbanites overwhelmed the Paarl Royals by 125 runs at Kingsmead with the very bats of Breetzke and Klaasen doing the talking.

Breetzke set the ball rolling with his blistering 78 runs, after which Klaasen did the finishing work with a supersonic fifty off just 17 deliveries.

The 32-year-old Klaasen is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous white-ball cricketers – not only in South Africa, but also on the international stage.

He hits his 280 SA20 runs at an average of almost 47 and an incredible strike rate of 207.40.

Then Ahmad makes things difficult for any batsman; regardless of whether you play in the top order or are a tail side batsman.

The Afghan spinner celebrated his 19th birthday a few weeks ago, his bowling deliveries mean that he still gets wickets as birthday presents.

He boasts an excellent bowling analysis of 5/11 against the Royals and he has already taken 83 wickets in his young T20 career.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

Durban’s Super Giants 208/7 in 20 overs: Matthew Breetzke 78, Heinrich Klaasen 50* and Tabraiz Shamsi 2/20.

Paarl Royals 83/10 in 13.2 overs: Mitchell van Buuren 36*, Noor Ahmad 5/11 and Keshav Maharaj 2/23.

  • Scoring:
  1. Durban’s Super Giants: 28 points after eight games
  2. Paarl Royals: 22 points after eight games
  3. Sunrisers Eastern Cape: 19 points after seven games
  4. Pretoria Capitals: 10 points after seven games
  5. MI Cape Town: 9 points after seven matches
  6. Joburg Super Kings: 8 points after seven games