In the opening suit of the just-started SA20 2023, MI Cape Town beat Paarl Royals by 8 gates at Newlands arena on Tuesday.
Put to bat initially, the Royals, led by David Miller, uploaded 142/7 in their appointed 20 overs. Captain Miller wrecked a vital 42 down the order after Jos Buttler‘s remarkable half-century. The England superstar scored 51 from 42 deliveries, with the help of seven boundaries, including a six.
For MI, Jofra Archer, who was playing his first competitive match since getting sidelined due to an elbow injury, shined in his comeback game. Archer conceded only 27 runs in his quota of 4 overs, including a maiden and picked up three wickets.
In response, the Rashid Khan-led MI chased down the paltry target inside 16 overs, thanks to a blistering knock by Dewald Brevis. The ‘Baby AB’ knocked down Paarl bowlers right from the word go, slapping 5 humungous 6s as well as 4 fours throughout his unbeaten knock of 70 runs from simply 41 shipments.
Brevis eliminated the chase with an eruptive begin as well as a 90-run opening stand to manuscript a comfy eight-wicket victory as well as additionally assisted his side protect a reward factor.
“Firstly, thanks to the crowd for the great support. Brilliant atmosphere, really enjoyed batting. I want to also thank God, it is wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. My relationship with AB is very special. He’s played a key role in my development and gives me the right advice all the time,” stated Brevis after landing Player of the Match in the post-match discussion.
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