Duminy blitzes as Cobras crush Knights

JP Duminy smashed an unbeaten 70 to help the WSB Cape Cobras secure a bonus-point, eight wicket-victory over the VKB Knights in their Momentum One Day Cup match at PPC Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday evening.

Duminy faced just 37 deliveries while smashing seven maximums, five of which came in what was the last over of the match off Eddie Leie (7-0-90-1), and two boundaries as the Cobras reached 245 for two to win with a massive 13 overs to spare. Duminy’s 37 runs in an over was the most runs scored in an over in List A cricket in South Africa and second-most ever in the history of cricket.

The record is held by Zimbabwe’s Elton Chigumbura who hit 39 off Alauddin Babu for Sheikh Jamal against Abahani Ltd in Dhaka in 2013/14.

The Knights, who won the toss and batted first, posted 239 for nine thanks mainly to Patrick Kruger who scored his maiden List A century but is was Duminy’s aggression against Leie that brought the game to a close at break-neck speed.

Temba Bavuma and Pieter Malan gave the Cobras a good, solid start with an opening stand of 80 with Malan contributing 42 before being trapped leg before by Leie. But Malan’s departure brought Simon Khomari to the crease and the left-handed top order batsman did not disappoint.

Khomari and Bavuma, who brought up his fifty off 59 deliveries, added a quick-fire 66 for the second wicket but then Marchant de Lange (7-0-28-1) induced Bavuma to pull a short ball onto his own stumps. Bavuma looked good and full of energy for his 65 which came from just 74 balls with eight boundaries.

Duminy then joined Khomari and the pair raced to an unbeaten 99-run stand for the third wicket from only 64 balls to hand the Cobras a bonus-point. Duminy at one point had faced 23 balls for just 14 runs but then the left-handed Proteas discard came to life and took a liking to the leg spin of Leie.

Duminy smashed Leie for seven sixes over square-leg, mid-wicket and down the ground to race to his fifty from just 33 deliveries. Khomari’s unbeaten half-century seemed more sedate, ending on 65 not out from 59 balls with 10 boundaries to his name.

Earlier, the Knights had been reduced to 75 for five as Rory Kleinveldt (8-1-22-2) and George Linde (10-1-37-2) removed Rudi Second (22), Grant Mokoena (12), Keagan Petersen (0) and Diego Rosier (1) while Tsepo Moreki (10-1-75-1) removed the dangerous David Miller (22).

But Kruger, who faced 110 deliveries for his unbeaten 110, found support from Shadley van Schalkwyk (20) and Duanne Olivier (25) to help rescue the visitors and give them a total to try and defend.

Kruger and Van Schalkwyk added 60 runs for the sixth wicket from 102 deliveries before Van Schalkwyk offered Duminy (8-0-28-1) an easy return catch off his own bowling. Marchant de Lange (3) did not last long, edging to Kyle Verreynne behind the stumps off the bowling of Dayyaan Galiem (4-0-24-1) before Olivier and Kruger pushed the total above the 200-run mark.

Olivier and Kruger added 75 runs from 74 balls for the eighth wicket with Olivier cracking two boundaries before Dane Paterson (10-1-49-1) had Olivier caught at mid-on by Aviwe Mgijima. Kruger was low in the 90’s at the start of the final over, bowled by Moreki, and the young 22-year old scored 16 runs from the final over to register his maiden ton.

The bonus-point lifts the Cobras into second place on the log with 23 points from seven games, one point behind the Multiply Titans, who also secured a bonus-point win over the bizhub Highveld Lions, and two points clear of the Hollywoodbets Dolphins who have a game in hand.

The Cobras next face the Lions in Paarl on Friday while the Knights, who have yet to win a game this season, host the Titans in Kimberley on Friday.

Author: Brendon

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