Sunrisers Eastern Cape owner Kavya Maran expressed her joy after her team triumphed second consecutive SA20 title at Newlands Ground in Cape Town on Sunday.
The defending champions SEC registered 89-run win over Durban Super Giants to lift their second title of the tournament. After posting a solid of 204/3 in 20 overs on the board, thanks to brilliant batting from Tristan Stubbs (56*). Tom Abell (52) and skipper Aiden Markram (42*), Eastern Cape bundled out Super Giants for 115 in 17 overs.
Marco Jansen emerged as the star performer with the ball as he scalped five wickets, while Daniel Worrall and Ottniel Baartman picked two wickets each.
Speaking after the title win, Kavya Maran couldn't believe that Sunrisers Eastern Cape won back-to-back titles in SA20 2024. She was overjoyed by her team's excellent all-round performance in the title clash against Durban Super Giants. The video of the same went viral on social media.
After opting to bat first, Sunrisers Cape Town lost an early wicket in Dawid Malan for 6, dismissed by Reece Topley at 15/1. However, opener Jordan Hermann and Tom Abell immediately put SEC back on track with 90-run partnership for the second wicket before the former was removed by spinner Keshav Maharaj.
Just three balls later, Maharaj got the better of Abell at 106/3. Thereafter, Durban Super Giants bowling faced heat from Aiden Markram and Tristan Stubbs as the pair formed an 98-run stand for the fourth wicket to take Eastern Cape past 200-run mark.
SEC triggered early collapse in DSG's batting
Sunrisers Eastern Cape bowlers struck early blows to Durban Super Giants as they picked three wickets of Quinton de Kock (6), JJ Smuts (1) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (0) for just 7 runs in 3.4 overs.
However, Matthew Breetzke and Wian Mulder steadied DSG's run-chase with 56-run partnership for the fourth wicket until the latter was dismissed for 38 by Simon Harmer at 63/4.
After Mulder's dismissal, Super Giants batting collapsed from 63/4 to 100/8, losing four wickets in 37 runs. Breetzke (18), Heinrich Klassen (0) and Keshav Maharaj (5) were dismissed cheaply while Dwaine Pretorius played a cameo with 28 off 17 balls before he was sent back by Daniel Worral.
The entire pressure fell on tailenders to carry on DSG innings. Junior Dala added 15 runs to Durban Super Giants' total. DSG were eventually bundled out for 115 after Marco Jansen picked the final wicket of Reece Topley in the 17th over.