Klaasen’s bat spits fire against Kapenaars

Henry

Ahead of the SA20 match between Durban’s Super Giants and MI Cape Town at Kingsmead, Kevin Pietersen said he can’t wait to see Heinrich Klaasen in action.

And Klaasen did indeed not disappoint.

The 32-year-old batsman, who announced his retirement from Test cricket this week, was on fire with the bat in hand and it seemed at one stage that he saw the ball well enough to chase every lovely delivery over the boundary line.

He was eventually bowled out for 85 runs from just 35 deliveries and his innings included eight big sixes.

Klaasen’s fireworks display gave the Super Giants the necessary forward momentum and when rain brought the game to an end in the 17th innings of their batting effort, their noses were ahead according to the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern calculations.

The smart men with the calculators calculated that the Durban team won the showdown by 11 runs. And that was mainly due to Klaasen’s flapping bat.

Earlier, Ryan Rickelton saw to Quinton de Kock-esque hitting that MI Cape Town posted 207/5 in their allotted 20 overs.

The 27-year-old left-handed batsman – who, like De Kock, opens the innings and serves behind the wickets – particularly peppered the near-side boundary with a few big shots.

His innings of 87 runs was ultimately for nothing.

In addition to Klaasen, Rickelton and Kieron Pollard (31 unbeaten from 14 balls), the rest of the big names struggled a bit with the bat.

Rassie van der Dussen played a slow innings – in the context of the game – of 24 runs, Dewald Brevis was taken out for five runs and De Kock was also sent back to the dressing room for just five runs.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

MI Cape Town 207/5 in 20 overs: Ryan Rickelton 87, Kieron Pollard 31* and Keemo Paul 2/31

Durban’s Super Giants 177/6 in 16.3 overs: Heinrich Klaasen 84, Matthew Breetzke 39 and Kagiso Rabada 2/23.