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Du Plessis’ unbeaten 76 sinks Durban Heat
Mzansi Super League

Du Plessis’ unbeaten 76 sinks Durban Heat

Ball-by-ball clips & scorecard: Paarl Rocks v Durban Heat - Match 18 - Paarl

An unbeaten half-century by Faf du Plessis guided Paarl Rocks jump to third place on the MSL table after they got the better of Durban Heat with a clinical nine-wicket victory.

Skipper Faf smashed a dominant 76 off 48 balls as Rocks chased down their 155-run target with five balls remaining.

Du Plessis had good support from Aiden Markram (48) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld (28*).

Heat’s poor season continued as they remained on bottom of the points table with one one win from their six games.

Durban Heat made the bold move of dropping out-of-form Hashim Amla and it looked a good decision initially as replacement Sarel Erwee struck 32 off 22 in an opening stand of 65 with Morne van Wyk (33) in seven overs.

But it mainly went wrong from that point onwards as wickets began to tumble regularly.

David Miller (1) and Heinrich Klaasen (4) again failed, with Heat having to heavily rely on Khaya Zondo’s unbeaten 38 off 34 balls.

The one plus for the visitors was the form of Vernon Philander after he shone with 30 off 16 balls, but his side was undone by the control of the home attack, which was well led by the left-arm chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi.

Grant Thomson, Bjorn Fortuin, Tshepo Moreki and David Wiese ended up with one wicket each.

It was then the Faf show as the Heat failed to make inroads, with their solitary strike coming from Zimbabwean rookie Brandon Mavuta.