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Thrilling Triumph in Centurion as Capitals Emerge Victorious

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In a dazzling display of cricket prowess at Centurion, the Pretoria Capitals and Sunrisers Eastern Cape set the stage ablaze with a nail-biting Betway SA20 showdown, filled with dramatic twists and turns that left spectators on the edge of their seats.

Facing a challenging pitch, the Capitals, after being put into bat, initially struggled, posting a modest 125. Yet, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, their bowling unit staged a remarkable comeback, restricting the Sunrisers to 122/9 and securing a thrilling victory by a razor-thin margin of three runs.

This win holds profound significance for the Capitals, who were defeated by the Sunrisers in last season's inaugural final and faced a humiliating bowling attack earlier this week, being bowled out for a mere 52.

More than just a triumph, this victory resurrects the Capitals' Season 2 campaign, lifting Wayne Parnell's team from the basement of the log for the first time this season.

The match hung in the balance until the very last ball, with the Sunrisers requiring four runs for victory. Despite a six off the fourth ball in the final over, Capitals seamer Daryn Dupavillon maintained his composure, delivering a full delivery that flummoxed Sunrisers all-rounder Liam Dawson attempting a ramp shot.

Dawson, who had earlier injected hope into the Sunrisers' innings, striking two sixes on the grass bank, found himself caught by spectator Aidan Evetts, the fifth spectator to claim a share of the Betway SA20 Catch R2 Million competition.

Wayne Parnell (3/33) initiated the Sunrisers' collapse when they seemed poised for victory at 72/4 in the 14th over. Removing both Patrick Kruger and Marco Jansen in a single over, the skipper resurrected his team's fortunes.

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid (3/30) replicated the magic, dismissing Tristan Stubbs (35) and Beyers Swanepoel in a double-wicket over. The Sunrisers lost five wickets for a mere 30 runs during this period before Dawson's late assault reignited hope.

The Capitals' innings mirrored the ebullience of the match, with Jansen (3/27) and Dan Worrall (2/29) causing damage alongside three run-outs. A crucial 52-run partnership between Shane Dadswell (24) and Jimmy Neesham (27) ultimately propelled the Capitals to a competitive and triumphant total.
[Submitted by Kevin Rademeyer]

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