The St George’s Park witnessed a cricketing spectacle as Sunrisers Eastern Cape clashed with MI Cape Town in a riveting encounter during the SA20 2024 tournament. While the game was filled with breathtaking moments, it was Kieron Pollard’s sensational catch that stole the show, sending Aiden Markram packing in the first innings.
Tom Abell and Aiden Markram shine
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Sunrisers Eastern Cape posted a challenging total of 175/6 in their allotted 20 overs. Tom Abell played a crucial innings, scoring 60 runs off 44 balls, supported by Markram, who contributed 54 runs off 32 deliveries. The bowlers of MI Cape Town worked hard to contain the opposition, with Nuwan Thushara and Kagiso Rabada taking two wickets each.
Kieron Pollard’s flying stunner
The defining moment of the match occurred when Rabada bowled a fullish delivery to Markram, and he managed to get under the ball, pumping it flat and sending it towards long-off. The ball appeared destined to clear the boundary until Pollard intervened. With lightning reflexes, Pollard circled around and dived to his right, managing to grab the ball with his bucket hands just inches away from the rope. The stadium erupted in applause as Pollard’s acrobatic catch left everyone in sheer awe, dismissing the dangerous Markram.
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Sam Curran’s efforts in vain
Chasing the target, MI Cape Town fought hard but fell short by just four runs, finishing their innings at 171/7. Sam Curran‘s quickfire 30 off 21 balls and Pollard’s 30 off 24 balls were notable performances. However, the Sunrisers Eastern Cape bowlers held their nerve, with Ottniel Baartman picking up crucial wickets and contributing to their victory.
In a nail-biting finish, Sunrisers Eastern Cape emerged victorious, defending their total successfully against MI Cape Town. The match provided exciting moments and showcased the competitive spirit of both teams in the SA20 2024 tournament.