Kimberley - Kevin Pietersen recorded back-to-back RAM SLAM T20 centuries to render Theunis de
Bruyn’s maiden Twenty20 hundred all but meaningless and give the Dolphins a nine-wicket win over the Knights at the Diamond Oval.
other day De Bruyn’s 100 off 55 balls in a Knights total of 167/4 would
have grabbed the headlines, given that it showed his extraordinary talents
extend to the shortest format of the game.
the visitors made light work of that target thanks to Pietersen, who backed up
his superb hundred on Wednesday with an unbeaten 100 to win the game with 20
balls to spare.
defeat left the Knights with just two wins from seven games in all competitions
this season although Reeza Hendricks’ return to form was one reason for cheer.
opening batsman broke a prolonged run drought with a run-a-ball 42 after the
Knights lost the toss and were inserted, keeping De Bruyn company in an 82-run
stand for the second wicket until he was stumped off the bowling of Keshav
Ryan McLaren was happy to give the strike to an on-song De Bruyn, who was
particularly harsh on Prenelan Subrayen, whom he hit for five of his six sixes.
reached his hundred with an over to go, but then fell victim to Kyle Abbott,
who also picked up the wicket of McLaren in the final over as the Knights
failed to finish with a flourish.
hardly to prove decisive, because no total would have been safe with Pietersen
in full flow.
the perfect platform by Cameron Delport’s 14-ball 34, and then given sturdy
support by Morne van Wyk’s unbeaten 34, Pietersen had full license to thrill
and didn’t disappoint, hitting seven sixes in a 45-ball knock.
looked as though there weren’t enough runs required for him to bring up a
century, he made sure of it by hitting a boundary to record the winning runs,
thus completing his second fifty in just 18 deliveries.
Dolphins retained top spot on the table as a result, having won all three of
their games to date.