During the SA20 2024 match between Sunrisers Eastern Cape and MI Cape Town, Sunrisers batsman Tristan Stubbs played a brilliant unorthodox shot on the second ball of the 17th over off MI captain Kieron Pollard. The ball was inside the line of stumps, but Stubbs reverse-swept the ball and smashed it for a six towards the off side. Tristan Stubbs played 23 innings off 13 balls and helped the team score a decent total in the first innings.
Both Sunrisers Eastern Cape and MI Cape Town came into the match after losing their last match against Pretoria Capitals and Durban Super Giants respectively. Eastern Cape could not win the low scoring match against Capitals and lost the match by 3 runs, on the other hand MI lost against Super Giants by 36 runs.
Batting first at St George’s Park in Gqeberha, Sunrisers Eastern Cape scored a total of 175/6 in which captain Aiden Markram played an innings of 54 off 32 balls, while Tom Abell was the top run-scorer of the innings and played a knock . of 60 runs off 44 balls.
Watch: Tristan Stubbs’ reverse sweep stuns Kieron Pollard
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Sunrisers Eastern Cape lost opener Jordan Hermann early for 2 runs, while Dawid Malan also couldn’t do much and had to return to the dressing room for 18 runs off 22 balls. Before being dismissed, Malan had added 54 runs off 45 balls for the second wicket.
After the dismissal of Dawid Malan, Tom Abell scored 63 runs off 35 balls for the third wicket with Aiden Markram and gave the needed boost to the Sunrisers Eastern Cape innings. Both the batsmen played some sensible shots during their stay at the crease and also helped their team gain momentum.
After Tom Abell fell, Aiden Markram added 42 runs off 25 balls for the fourth wicket and gave the innings the much-needed finish. At last, the Sunrisers Eastern Cape finished their innings at 175/6.
Nuwan Untilhara and Kagiso Rabada picked up 2 wickets each for MI Cape Town, while Kieron Pollard and Thomas Kaber picked up 1 wicket each.
Chasing the target, MI Cape Town lost, opener Rassie van der Dussen early for a score of 2 runs. Ryan Rickleton and Liam Livingstone added 33 runs for the second wicket, while Sam Curran and Livingstone scored 36 runs off 27 balls for the third wicket. Rickleton was dismissed by Marco Jansen for 27 runs, while Liam Livingstone had to get out for 26 runs. Sam Curran also made a valuable contribution and departed after scoring 30 runs.
MI Cape Town scored 150 runs for the loss of five wickets to the 18th over. MI needs 26 more runs to win the last 12 balls. With Kieron Pollard still in the box, MI Cape Town can win this match, however, it cannot be ruled out that Sunrisers Eastern Cape also win the match.
Sunrisers Eastern Cape and MI Cape Town sit third and fourth respectively in the points table. Sunrisers have been able to win 3 out of six games, while MI ended up winning on 2 out of 6 occasions.