South Africa’s ambitious SA20 league which is predominantly owned by IPL teams, kicked off on Tuesday. The first match of the tournament saw, Paarl Royals take on Mumbai Indians Cape Town at the picturesque Cape Town stadium. The game also marked a return to competitive cricket for Jofra Archer who has been out for nearly 2 years. The game saw some amazing display of batting and bowling as MI Cape Town came out on top.
The story so far –
Rashid Khan, the MI Cape Town captain won the toss and decided to bowl first. Jofra Archer officially marked his return to cricket. Archer, last played in March 2021, against in a T20 at Ahmedabad.
Jos Buttler shows no respect to Archer –
Bowling the 5th over, Archer was bowling his 2nd over of the game as Paarl Royals were placed at 18/1. Jos Buttler, who had scored over 850 runs during the TATA IPL 2022 season for Rajasthan Royals was again showing his class. The English white ball skipper just moved outside off stump to paddle scoop Archer, for a huge six as both the English players enjoyed a little laugh.
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Jos Buttler and David Miller combine to help Royals reach 142-
Asked to bat first, Royals lost Wihan Lubbe when he was caught by Linde off Archer for 3. Jason Roy fell for 13 caught by Rashid Khan off Duan Jansen. At the other end, Buttler kept going as he scored 51 off 42 balls with 6 fours and a six. Skipper David Miller then scored 42 off 31 balls with 3 fours and a six.
MI Cape Town bowlers do the trick –
Jofra Archer picked 3/27 from his four overs which also included a maiden over. Fellow Englishman Olly Stone bowled with pace to pick 2/31 including the wicket of Buttler. IPL’s most costly player Sam Curran went wicketless from the 3 overs he bowled.
Dewald Brevis smashes MI Cape Town to an easy win –
Chasing 143 to win, Mumbai Indians Cape Town won the game in the 16th over with 8 wickets to spare. Young sensation, Dewald Brevis scored 70 off 41 balls with 4 fours and 5 sixes and stayed not out. Ryan Rickelton (42) and Sam Curran (20) supported Brevis before Rassie Van Der Dussen with 8 not out saw MI Cape Town take home an easy win in the tournament opener.