Mulder, Noor and Stoinis help DSG snap losing streak
A crucial cameo from Wiaan Mulder followed by three-fers from Marcus Stoinis and Noor Ahmad helped Durban Super Giants inflict a convincing 36-run defeat on MI Cape Town – their third in the last four games. MICT managed to keep DSG to a modest 157/6 but it proved more than enough on a tricky surface where the home side could muster only 121/9 in reply.
George Linde drew first blood after MICT opted to bowl first, removing Tony de Zorzi and Quinton de Kock in successive deliveries after the openers made a promising start. A 46-run stand ensued between Matthew Breetzke (48 off 46) and JJ Smuts (26 off 23) that helped DCG make steady recovery.
Their momentum was halted once again when Thomas Kaber broke the threatening stand in the tenth over to end Smuts’ stay in the middle and then trapped the in-form Heinrich Klaasen LBW cheaply in his following over. It went from bad to worse as Stoinis departed hit wicket, DSG losing their third wicket for 25 runs in the middle-overs.
Having played the anchor all along, Breetzke missed out on a half-century by just a couple of runs but Mulder single-handedly ensured DSG had a respectable total on the board as he hit half a dozen boundaries in his 20-ball unbeaten cameo that took his side past the 150 mark.
That, however, proved enough on a dry track that slowed down further as the game progressed. Only Sam Curran (38) looked to be timing it right in his 27-ball knock as he out together a 48-run stand with Dewald Brevis (21 off 19) after the hosts slipped to 39/3 at the end of the seventh over. As many as three other batters got starts but neither managed to convert it into anything substantial.
Stoinis got rid of both the set batters in his succeeding overs to break the momentum and, in the meanwhile, Noor struck telling blows by dismissing Liam Livingstone and Kieron Pollard in the 15th over in a miserly spell of 3-22. After losing two in a row, DSG picked up their fourth win of the season to be placed second in the points table now, behind Paarl Royals only on NRR.
Brief scores: Durban Super Giants 157/6 in 20 overs (Matthew Breetzke 48, Wiaan Mulder 38*; George Linde 2-15, Thomas Kaber 2-20) beat MI Cape Town 121/9 in 20 overs (Sam Curran 38; Marcus Stoinis 3-18, Noor Ahmad 3-22) by 36 runs