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SA20, JSK vs MICT: Du Plooy, bowlers thrash MI Cape Town out of the tournament 

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A remarkable inning from Leus du Plooy and the combined effort of the bowling group helped the Joburg Super Kings to continue their dominance at home with a 76-run win over MI Cape Town on Monday night. 

Du Plooy's unbeaten 48-ball 81* was at the centre of another clinical success by the Super Kings.

Du Plooy's innings gave JSK early honours

The left-hander anchored the Super Kings' innings, which didn't get off to the best of starts. Batting first on a tricky surface, the inform opening duo of Faf du Plessis and Reeza Hendricks departed early to give MI Cape Town an ideal start. 

But that did not deter Leus du Plooy from going right after the elite bowling attack of MI Cape Town. He arrived at the crease with a clear intent of taking down the opposition bowlers. 

The southpaw maximized the first six overs along with the wicket-keeper batter Matthew Wade, who walked in after Makhanya was the third to return to the change room.

The left-handed pair of Wade and du Plooy set the stage on fire with some eye-catching and effective strokes against the World class bowlers like Jofra Archer, Kagiso Rabada, Rashid Khan, and Sam Curran. 

The 46-run partnership allowed the lower-order batters to play with the utmost freedom. While du Plooy held one end, he allowed the other batters to showcase their hitting skills. 

Du Plooy's match-changing fifty, laced with 11 fours and one six, and Romario Shepherd's handy 15 not out saw the hosts post a big total of 189 in their 20 allotted overs.

Simmonds, Coetzee ran through MI Cape Town's batting line-up

Much like their season, the MI Cape Town batting card reads a rather sorry tale. On a pitch that was getting slower and slower, batting second was always going to be difficult, and the MI Cape Town's top order crumbled under the scoreboard pressure. 

Wickets tumbled regularly from as early as the third over when Maheesh Theekshana trapped Wesley Marshall lbw in the third over. 

Rassie van der Dussen and Grant Roelofsen tried to steady the ship, but the ever-increasing run rate mounted pressure on them, which caught up with them and led to their downfall in the same over of Kyle Simmonds. 

The Super Kings spinners kept taking wickets in the middle overs in order to ensure that the lid was on the team MI Cape Town. 

Tim David and Dewald Brevis were the only hopes of MI. But once David departed, the game was up. No one could plan an inning like du Plooy did for JSK. As a result, MI Cape Town signed off the tournament with a crushing defeat. 

Brief Scores

Joburg Super Kings: 189/6 (20)
Leus du Plooy 81*(48), Matthew Wade 40 (18)
Sam Curran 2/26, Jofra Archer 2/35

MI Cape Town: 113 (17.5)
Dewald Brevis 27(26), Grant Roelofsen 21 (24)
Kyle Simmonds 3/23, Gerald Coetzee 3/27

Match Result: Joburg Super Kings won by 76 runs. 

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