Things are falling into place for Super Kings

Henry

The Joburg Super Kings are on the move in the SA20 tournament and it looks like they will be hard to stop.

Faf du Plessis’ team beat the Wanderers by nine wickets for the Paarl Royals to advance to the final qualifying match against the Durban’s Super Giants.

If they win this, they will play in the final against the Sunrisers Eastern Cape on Saturday.

The Super Kings story is actually remarkable. They had to claw and scrape to win matches in the group stage, but they caught fire at just the right time to win the right matchups at the right time.

In no time they became the momentum team in the tournament and stars like Faf du Plessis, Leus du Plooy, Imran Tahir and Nandré Burger are busy flexing their muscles.

Burger was on fire with Sam Cook – the team’s Essex import – on Wednesday and the two fast bowlers combined to take out seven Royals.

Then 44-year-old Tahir has almost turned back the clock for you.

The former Protea spinner not only took two wickets, but also swung around the field like an acrobat to take two good catches.

And once he starts celebrating, the bonfires are not simply put out.

After that, Du Plooy and Du Plessis once again made their mark as opening batsmen and the Super Kings chased down the modest target of 139 within 14 overs.

“Who doesn’t like an outside horse team?” asked Du Plessis when he was polled about his team’s turnaround.

“As far as our batting is concerned, things are systematically falling into place, while we are dishing out a much more consistent game. We are now undoubtedly playing with renewed confidence.”

According to Du Plessis, Tahir’s acrobatic fielding performance caught him off guard.

“I have been playing with him for 12 years and this is the best he has ever been in the field. He deserves praise for the way he dives around to pick the ball out of the air.”

Today’s final qualifying match between the Super Kings and the Super Giants starts at 17:30 at the Wanderers.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

Paarl Royals 138/10 in 18.5 overs: David Miller 47, Sam Cook 4/24 and Nandré Burger 3/26.

Joburg Super Kings 139/1 in 13.2 overs: Leus du Plooy 68, Faf du Plessis 55* and Tabraiz Shamsi 1/43.

Outcome: Joburg Super Kings win by nine wickets.