Strydros Faf finds his ‘inner warrior’

Henry

Sorry if it was reported earlier that Faf du Plessis is enjoying a short-lived batting revival in the SA20.

The Protea veteran showed once again on Saturday night at the Wanderers that he can still hang with the best when he played a key role in the Joburg Super Kings’ SA20 victory against the Durban’s Super Giants.

Du Plessis, now 39 years old, ensured the perfect run-up to the Super Kings innings in response to the Durbanites’ 203/6.

He scored 57 runs from just 29 deliveries and together with Leus du Plooy (57 runs from 47 balls) scored 102 runs in nine overs for the first wicket.

This lightning start laid the foundation for Moeen Ali and Wayne Madsen’s explosive performances, while Donovan Ferreira concluded the match with a big six in the last overs.

The victory means that the Super Kings have qualified for the tournament’s play-offs; even though the team only won three of its ten group games.

According to Du Plessis, cricket is more or less a see-saw game for you – he still thought before the match that his team did not stand much of a chance of qualifying for the knock-out matches.

And now just look.

“The performance just once again underlined the point that we can be a very dangerous cricket team when we play to our full potential. Our supporters have helped us a lot now and I am very grateful to them,” said the former Protea captain.

He is also satisfied with his own performance.

“I was not at my best in the tournament and that led to great frustration. Yet you find a way to find the warrior within you.”

  • Summary of the scorecard:

Durban’s Super Giants 203/6 in 20 overs: Wiaan Mulder 59, JJ Smuts 55 and Lizaad Williams 3/47.

Joburg Super Kings 209/3 in 19.5 overs: Faf du Plessis 57, Leus du Plooy 57 and Noor Ahmad 2/16.

Outcome: Super Kings win by seven wickets.