Heinrich Klaasen picks up where he left off in Betway SA20
Red-hot South Africa star Heinrich Klaasen continued his stunning recent form as he helped Durban’s Super Giant into the Betway SA20 final.
Klaasen struck three fours and seven sixes in a 30-ball 74 that turned the match in favour of DSG.
DSG were staying true to their processes but Klaasen blew the Joburg Super Kings right out of the water with intense acceleration.
Klaasen has been among the top performers for the team after an impressive international summer in white ball cricket.
Skipper Keshav Maharaj was left in awe of the batter after his player of the match performance in the Betway SA20 Qualifier.
“Klaasen is just picking up where he left off, he hits the ball so cleanly and gave us something to bowl at,” Maharaj said.
“Not many hit the ball as consistently, a nightmare to bowl to. We’ve been true to our processes, our bowling unit was superb, executed the plan and kept it simple. Sunrisers are a strong side, we’ve just got to get going on the day.”
Klaasen is also putting his faith in his processes and given the results he has achieved that comes as no real suprise.
He noted that the Super Kings had bowled very well initially which set DSG on their heels.
Klaasen said that he was a bit lucky that Imran Tahir missed his lengths which allowed him to take on the veteran spinner
“At the start they bowled incredibly well, no freebies, had to wait for Immie to come back, he was bowling full.
“No length to work with in first two overs.
“Just unlucky he missed a couple! The expectation is there, hopefully my processes keep going for another couple of years. I’m playing the middle phase well at the moment, and try to capitalise on that. We played poorly in the first semi-final against Sunrisers, hopefully we can rectify that.”
DSG will now go on to face Sunrisers Eastern Cape in the Betway SA20 final.
The Sunrisers not only topped the group stage log but are also the defending champions having secured a stunning upset in last season’s final.
This time around it will be the Super Giants who are chasing the upset although some might argue that no team could be the underdogs while sporting a batter the likes of Klaasen.
The Betway SA20 Final is scheduled to take place on Saturday 10 February at Newlands in Cape Town.
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