Stubbs and Fuller do business as Sunrisers beat MI Cape Town

Tristan Stubbs and James Fuller did a great job for the Sunriseers Eastern Cape with a thrilling four wickets and three balls to go victory over M.I. Cape Town” in St. George’s Park. first victory in the first league SA20.

Chasing 159 wins, the Sunriseers were in control as Sarel Ervey (41 of 35 balls) and Aiden Markram (50 of 35) added 92 for third wickets to leave the home side, needing 58 runs after the last eight overs.

But MI Cape fought back superbly when surprisingly skilled leg spinner Rashid Khan (4-0-23-1) trap Ervie Pounds and Odean Smith (2.3-0-23-3) caught Markram at the mid-wicket boundary. The Sunrisers fell to 109/5 and Stubbs and Marco Jansen were 30 short after the last three overs after an outstanding death bowling from Rashid and Kagiso Rabada (4-1-26-0) with only nine runs scored in the 16th and 17th overs combined.

Read more: Who, where and when – everything you need to know about the SA20 league

However, Stubbs stood up for his team, scoring 30 of 18 balls, while Jansen stayed on providing yeoman service when his 16 balls fell short. Stubbs was caught behind the first ball in the final match scored by Smith and it took five runs to build up additional nerves.

But Fuller sealed the win by conceding the first two goals in a row.

Just wanted to start

The Sunrisers sent MI Cape Town first and their bowlers gave them exactly the start they wanted as they made the visitors stumble to 52/4. Deuald Brevis struggled to score 15 of 28 balls before becoming the first of two non-spinner Markram victims.

Rassi van der Duessen (29 of 22) helped recover innings with George Linde, who ended up with a great knockout of 63 rather than just 28 assists with five sixes to take MI Cape Town to 158/8, kind of a total they feel they could protect.

Simers Sisanda Magala (4-0-22-2) and Jansen (4-0-25-1) had great possession. Spinners Markram (2-0-8-2) and Roelof van der Merwe also played a big role, allowing only 20 runs in three overs.

Read more: Pretoria proves powerplay premise by dominating SEC