Exact cricket match report: Faf du Plessis’ glorious century ignites pursuit of Joburg Super Kings

Joburg Super Kings 182 for 2 (du Plessis 113*, Hendricks 45) beat Durban’s Super Giants 178 for 6 (Klaasen 65, Holder 28*, Coetzee 3-21) by 8 wickets

In a sensational century at the Faf du Plessis, the Joburg Super Kings beat the Durban Super Giants with a much-needed eight wickets. In a duel between his two bottom-most teams in the table, the Super Kings perfectly timed the chase to take him off fifth place, further strengthening DSG.

JSK won a draw and picked the first field, but DSG’s quick start kept them apart. Kyle Meyers and Quinton De cock ensured that he capitalized on his play first power before JSK returned to play with three quick shots. Maheesh Theekshana and Gerald Coetzee shared all of DSK’s wickets and he was also one of JSK’s most economical bowlers. After a triple strike, Heinrich Klaasen got DSK back on track and geared up for a big finish. He joined Jason Holder in an undefeated 12-ball 28 as his DSK rushed to 178 and carried that momentum into the break.

DSK also got off to a good start, conceding just eight in his first three overs bowled by Meyers, Keshab, Maharaj and Leastpury. Hendricks kept fighting while Du Plessis started laying the groundwork. By the end of 13 overs, JSK was managing 97, with a run rate approaching 12.

But since then you’ve noticed that Plessis is a purple spot. Fifty-five runs came in the next three overs, with Duplessis completing 54 100 balls. Even Hendrix found the fence on a few occasions when the requested rate was run-a-ball. DSK struck out twice to get to the final, but JSK took the lead and in the end his 6-point creamy drive of Du Plesi’s over his protection clinched the win.

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