SA20 2024, SUNE vs PR | Impact Performer - Patrick Kruger

image-ls8kiyq0Patrick Kruger made the difference for the Sunrisers in the match (Source:

Patrick Kruger's remarkable innings of 26 runs from just 7 deliveries has clinched a thrilling victory for Sunrisers Eastern Cape. In a nail-biting encounter, Sunrisers Eastern Cape emerged victorious, securing a 5-wicket win over Paarl Royals in the final game of the league stage. The match concluded with high drama, showcasing the competitive spirit of both teams.

The Men-in-Orange secure a convincing victory, providing them with a boost of confidence as they head into the Qualifier 1. This win sets a positive tone for their upcoming crucial match in the playoffs. Paarl Royals' captain, David Miller, acknowledges that despite a good campaign, there are areas for improvement.

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Expressing confidence in his team's capabilities, he notes that they performed well in the league stage. Miller reflects on having the game under control at certain phases but acknowledges the missed opportunity as it slipped away. Looking ahead to the main stage, he emphasizes the team's commitment to addressing these aspects for a stronger performance.

Patrick Kruger's Match-Winning Cameo Secures Victory for Sunrisers

In the initial stages of the match, Paarl Royals opted to bat after winning the toss. The top order, comprising Jos Buttler, Dane Vilas, and Wihan Lubbe, provided a promising start by accumulating 65 runs in the first 9 overs. However, they faced a challenging middle phase as the Sunrisers Eastern Cape bowlers asserted control over the proceedings.

During this period, the Sunrisers' bowling attack, led by Ottniel Baartman, demonstrated efficiency by picking up crucial wickets. Despite the middle-order struggle, Paarl Royals managed to stage a comeback with a noteworthy partnership of 49 runs between Dane Vilas and Wihan Lubbe for the 5th wicket. Jos Buttler's dynamic performance at the top of the order was vital, leading the scoring with 38 runs, while Dane Vilas and Wihan Lubbe contributed valuable runs with scores of 34 and 27, respectively.

In pursuit of a decent total, the Sunrisers Eastern Cape commenced their innings with a slow and steady start, posting 33 runs with the opening pair. However, they found themselves under pressure at 49-2. The third-wicket partnership between Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma, amassing 63 runs, played a crucial role in stabilizing the Sunrisers Eastern Cape's innings.

The game took a dramatic turn with the rain looming, and both teams closely matched. Aiden Markram's dismissal dealt a significant blow, but Tristan Stubbs' arrival proved a blessing in disguise. Tristan Stubbs' boundary early in his innings propelled the Sunrisers Eastern Cape ahead, and the umpires halted the game precisely after 15.5 overs due to rain. The players left the field temporarily, and when the rain subsided, Tristan Stubbs emerged as a match-winner, single-handedly steering his side to victory.

Tristan Stubbs' pivotal innings, coupled with a blistering performance from Patrick Kruger, who scored 26 runs off just 7 deliveries, secured the win for the Sunrisers Eastern Cape. Despite a lifeline for Paarl Royals with Stubbs' dismissal, they couldn't regain control as Patrick Kruger's explosive innings propelled the Sunrisers Eastern Cape to triumph.


Patrick Kruger, receives well-deserved recognition for his outstanding cameo that played a pivotal role in securing the victory for his side. In a quick chat, Kruger shares that he tried to stay composed, backing his abilities while acknowledging the hard work he has put in for such moments. Grateful for the positive outcome, he credits his coaches for their continuous support and guidance in his cricketing journey.