SA20 2023, MI Cape Town vs Durban Super Giants, Match 5 - Talking Points and Who Said What?

Kyle Mayers returned with figures of 1/10 and then scored 34 off 23 while chasing a 153-run target for the Super Giants.

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Durban Super Giants recorded a five-wicket win over MI Cape Town in the fifth match of the SA20 2023 at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday (January 13). While batting first after a big win in the tournament's opening clash, Cape Town scored a respectable total of 152/8 despite losing early wickets. Wicketkeeper batter Grant Roelofsen scored top-scored with 52 off 44 while uncapped South African Delano Potgieter contributed crucial 25 off 11 at No. 11.

For the Super Giants, pacer Reece Topley, Hardus Viljoen, and spinner Prenelan Subrayen took two wickets each, while Kyle Mayers took Dewald Brevis' big wicket while conceding just ten runs in his two-over spell. Then the top-order batter started well for the Super Giants to ensure an early win and chased the target easily with five wickets and 21 balls remaining.

Opening the innings, Mayers scored 34 off 23 while Heinrich Klaasen smashed 36 off 22 at No. 4. The Caribbean bowling all-rounder Keemo Paul smashed 20* off eight balls with three big sixes to finish the game for the Super Giants. English pacer Olly Stone impressed with figures of 4/28, but the likes of Sam Curran, Rashid Khan and Jofra Archer struggled to get wickets for MI Cape Town.

Talking Points from CT vs DUR, SA20 Match 5:

Kyle Mayers shines with all-round performance:

While Heinrich Kaasen and Keemo Paul stole the limelight with big shots, it was Kyle Mayers who won the Player of the Match award for an impressive all-round performance. The Caribbean all-rounder bowled Brevis for a duck and conceded only ten runs in two overs. Then while chasing a target, he scored 34 runs off 23 to ensure a good start for the Super Giants.

Olly Stone's 4/28 spell in vein for MI Cape Town:

The English pacer continued his good start in SA20 2023 with four big wickets against the Super Giants. He took two wickets against the Paarl Royals in the opening match and but didn't get a support from his teammates while defining 152 runs agains the Super Giants. Stone conceded only 28 runs at an economy rate of 8.

Losing Captain, Rashid Khan said:

We played good cricket in the last part of the first innings. 20-25 runs would have made a difference. The way the guys bowled, it was amazing. Was a great game of cricket. We shouldn't make the same mistakes. It becomes easier for the batsmen in the second innings. But if we can post around 170, we have quality bowlers. It's early in the competition and we'll come back stronger. So good to have him (Olly Stone) and he has been amazing for us.

Winning Captain, Quinton de Kock said:

It was a great win, we needed that. I have played here quite a bit in previous tournaments. It's a matter of going out there and doing the job. I think the wickets will be a little bit slower and will come on a bit better (in the night). We sacrificed a couple of wickets, so we made sure of the win afterwards. Klaasen has been around a long time and in the end, we had to settle for just the win.

Player of the Match, Kyle Mayers said:

It was a good feeling to get the team across the finish line. (On the delivery to bowl Brevis) That is something I practice. My team always backs me to pick up a wicket in the first over and when a plan comes together, it feels good. I have a bit of skill and I try to show it every now and then. (Contest with Archer) Last time I batted against him in a match was probably in school. First time I batted against him since he has started playing for England. I really enjoyed the first game in Durban and it is really good for South African cricket (that fans are turning up).

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