Quinton de Kock starred in Durban’s Super Giants’ 57-run against the Paarl Royals at Boland Park on Friday.
De Kock had scored just 62 runs in six matches this season, before exploding with 83 off 51 balls for the Super Giants to overtake their hosts Paarl Royals at the top of the SA20 table.
Batting in the unfamiliar No 4 position, De Kock and Jon Jon Smuts (52) added 118 off only 82 balls for the third wicket.
De Kock was then joined by Heinrich Klaasen, with the latter taking over the role of aggressor with 30* off just nine deliveries to lift DSG to 190-3.
The Royals’ chase begun in a positive fashion, but once Jason Roy was dismissed, clean bowled by Smuts, the remainder of the home team’s batting lineup could not keep up with the escalating run-rate.
Even with fit-again captain David Miller back in the Royals lineup, the Super Giants’ bowling unit managed to maintain a tight grip on proceedings.
It was only the Royals’ leading run-scorer, Jos Buttler, who tried to keep his team’s innings afloat with 44 off 36 balls, but once he was caught off DSG captain Keshav Maharaj all resistance crumbled.
Maharaj was once again brilliant with a spell of 2-24 before Marcus Stoinis (3-24) and Reece Topley (2-27) to restrict the Royals to 133 all out.
DSG now lead the log with 23 points followed by Royals on 22.
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