Faf du Plessis' sparkling century ignites Joburg Super Kings' run-chase
First hundred at SA20 cements Durban at foot of table as JSK begin play-off push
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
A sensational century from Faf du Plessis saw Joburg Super Kings claim a much-needed eight-wicket win over Durban's Super Giants. In a clash between the two sides at the bottom of the table, Super Kings timed their chase to perfection to move out of fifth, and further entrench DSG at rock bottom.
JSK won the toss and opted to field first, but DSG's fast start put them on the back foot. Kyle Mayers and Quinton de Kock ensured they took advantage of the first Powerplay before three quick strikes brought JSK back into it. Maheesh Theekshana and Gerald Coetzee split all of DSK's wickets among them, and were also among JSK's most economical bowlers.
After that triple-strike had reduced them to 46 for 3, Heinrich Klaasen got DSK back on track and set them up for a big finish. He was complemented by Jason Holder, whose unbeaten 12-ball 28 ensured DSK stormed to 178, and carried the momentum with them to the break.
DSK also started magnificently with the ball. The first three overs, bowled by Mayers, Keshav Maharaj and Reece Topley, conceded just eight runs. While du Plessis began to lay a platform, Hendricks continued to struggle. By the end of the 13th over, JSK had managed 97, with the run rate approaching 12.
But from thereon du Plessis found a purple patch. The next three overs produced 55 runs, with du Plessis completing a 54-ball hundred. Even Hendricks found the fence on a few occasions, and by the time the asking rate was a run a ball. DSK struck twice to take the game into the final over, but by now, JSK had control, and in the end, yet another creamy drive over cover for six from du Plessis sealed the win.
Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000