Donovan Ferreira gave an early glimpse of why he is a highly scouted batsman on the T20 circuit with a 40-ball 82 that laid the foundation for Joburg Super Kings victory in their SA20 opener against Durban Super Giants.

Keshav and Dwaine added the wickets –

On a surface assisted spin at Kingsmead. Donovan put together crucial partnerships with Faf du Plessis (39 off 33) and Romario Shepherd (40 off 20), helping the Super Kings recover from 27/4 to eventually post a total of 190/6. Got victory. His death bowling also came to the fore in the final winning margin of 16 runs.

SA20 2023: Donovan 40-ball 82 gives Super Kings a winning start

The visitors, who elected to bat, were put on the backfoot early in the contest with Quinton de Kock‘s expert use of the slower bowlers inside the powerplay. By the end of six overs, the Super Kings had lost four wickets with Prenelan Subrian to Kyle Verreynne and Lewis Gregory, while Keshav Maharaj and Dwaine Pretorius added the wickets of Reeza Hendricks and Janneman Malan respectively.

Three quiet overs in Donovan Ferreira’s company –

Du Plessis, batting at No. 3, bowed out to anchor the innings and played three quiet overs in the company of Ferreira before he burst into life as time ran out.

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Subrian, who had taken those two wickets in the final over of the powerplay, edged past short-third for a boundary and then hit a six over his head. That 16-run 10th over effectively changed the game’s momentum with Ferreira helping himself to two more fours in the next over bowled by Maharaj.