A stunning all-round performance from Donovan Ferreira helped the Johannesburg Super Kings beat Durban’s Super Giants in their tournament opener at Kingsmead on January 11, 2023. A healthy crowd of 13,124 was in attendance in Durban for this clash, even better than the official 11,115 attendance for the tournament opener between MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals.
Ferreira smashed 82* (40) as JSK recovered from 27/4 to post an imposing 190/6. DSG lost the plot at the end with the ball, with Ferreira and Romario Shepherd adding a whopping 86 runs in just under six overs.
DSG got off to an excellent start in their chase courtesy Kyle Mayers and Quinton de Kock, but Faf du Plessis’ captaincy helped JSK stay in the game. The former Proteas skipper recognised that spin was working on the track and used part timers Reeza Hendricks and Ferreira for four overs each. Pacers George Garton, Shepherd and Malusi Siboto together bowled only four between them. Durban also seemed to mess up their batting order with Wiaan Mulder sent ahead of Pretorius and Holder- their tactics left much to be desired, and Alzarri Joseph’s fine effort at the death saw JSK emerge winners by 16 runs.
Ferreira, not surprisingly, was named Man of the Match for his 82 vs DSG plus figures of 1/28 with the ball.