Faf du Plessis lights up Wanderers with maiden Betway SA20 century
Joburg Super Kings captain Faf du Plessis entered the record books at the Wanderers on Tuesday evening when he struck the maiden century of the Betway SA20.
It was a scintillating innings that lasted only 58 balls, but yielded 113 electrifying runs. It included eight boundaries and eight sixes.
Du Plessis was the star of the Bullring as he tore into Durban's Super Kings bowling attack. He rolled back the years, played authentic cricket shots and set the Wanderers on light.
Du Plessis had Reeza Hendricks as company for the majority of the innings with the opening pair putting on 157 for the first wicket. Hendricks was very much a supporting act though with the Proteas opener compiling 45 off 46 balls.
The partnership was the perfect platform for the Super Kings to chase down the Super Giants' 178/6 with Du Plessis striking the winning runs with five balls remaining.
The eight-wicket victory reignited the Super Kings Betway SA20 campaign as they leapfrogged MI Cape Town into fourth place.
Unfortunately for the Super Giants their chances of qualifying for the playoffs are now slim as they remain at the foot of the table.
Quinton de Kock's team had given themselves hope through Heinrich Klaasen's 65 off 48 balls and a pair of 28's from West Indian duo Kyle Mayers and Jason Holder at the top and bottom end of the innings.
Maheesh Theekshana (3/30) and Gerald Coetzee (3/21) ensured the Super Giants did not run away entirely.
However, the thousands that streamed into the Wanderers once again would remember this special evening as the night Du Plessis struck the first century of the Betway SA20.
Faf's performance wlll be a reminder to the national selectors that class is permanent. He has looked superior to any other South African batsmen on show and hopefully with a new coach in place we can see him resume his duties in the green and gold.
[Submitted by Kevin Rademeyer]