Joburg Super Kings captain Faf du Plessis struck the maiden century of the Betway SA20 to enter into the record books of the competition.

du Plessis’ innings lasted for only 58 balls with 113 electrifying runs including eight boundaries and eight sixes. He tore into Durban’s Super Kings bowling attack. 

FAF DU PLESSIS SHINES FOR KINGS

The former South Africa cricket captain had Reeza Hendricks as company for the majority of the innings. The opening pair put on 157 for the first wicket. But Hendricks was the supporting act of the partnership with 45 off 46 balls. 

The pair helped the Super Kings to chase down the Super Giants’ 178/6. Du Plessis struck the winning runs with five balls to spare.  

The eight-wicket victory reignited the Super Kings Betway SA20 campaign. They have now leapfrogged MI Cape Town into fourth position.

Faf du Plessis celebrate
Faf du Plessis celebrate

But the Super Giants now have a slim chance of qualifying for the playoffs as they remain at the foot of the table. 

There was hope when Heinrich Klaasen’s 65 off 48 balls and a pair of 28’s from West Indian duo Kyle Mayers and Jason Holder at the top and bottom end of the innings.  Maheesh Theekshana (3/30) and Gerald Coetzee (3/21) ensured the Super Giants did not run away entirely. 

However, the thousands that streamed into the Wanderers once again would remember this special evening as the night Du Plessis struck the first century of the Betway SA20. 

BETWAY SA20 UPCOMING FIXTURES

02 February 

Durban’s Super Giants vs MI Cape Town

Kingsmead

17h30  

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have confirmed that Proteas all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has retired from international cricket with immediate effect.

The 33-year-old has represented South Africa across all three formats in 30 T20 Internationals (T20I), 27 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and three Tests. He has also featured in two World Cups since making his debut in 2016.

IMPRESSIVE RECORD FOR THE PROTEAS

Dwaine Pretorius impressed in the T20I arena and holds the record for the best figures by a South African bowler in T20Is with his 5-17 against Pakistan in 2021. Later that year, he went on to pick up nine wickets in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE. He also has 261 runs to his name at a strike-rate of 164.15.

His performances for the Proteas have earned him stints in leagues around the world. This includes the Indian Premier League, The Hundred, Caribbean Premier League and most recently the inaugural Betway SA20.

Dwaine Pretorius bowling
Dwaine Pretorius bowling

DWAINE PRETORIUS OFFICIAL STATEMENT

“A few days ago, I made one of the toughest decisions of my cricketing career. I have decided to retire from all forms of international cricket.

Growing up, my only goal in life was to play for the Proteas. I didn’t know how it was going to happen, but God gave me talent and a serious will to succeed. The rest was in his hands.

I am shifting my focus to T20 and other shorter formats for the rest of my career.

Being a free agent will help me achieve the goal of being the best short format player I can be. By doing this, I will be able to have a better balance in my career and family life.

I would like to thank everyone who played a big role in my career. These are all the coaches, trainers and physios who supported me:

FORMER COACHES IN HIS CAREER

Enoch Nkwe (Coach Colts – Lions), Riaan Nieuwoudt (school coach), Monty Jacobs (North West), Gordon Parsons (Lions Bowling Coach), Dave Nosworthy (Lions Coach), Russell Domingo (Proteas), Justin Sammons (Batting Coach), Ottis Gibson (Proteas), Graig Govender (Physio Proteas and Lions), Geoffrey Toyana (Lions Coach), Jeff lanskey (Lions Fitness) and Mark Boucher (Proteas Coach).

All the players I have played with and against over the years you have had an impact on my career. It’s so difficult to highlight only one or two. There are so many players that had an impact, but I can mention a few I was fortunate to spend a lot of time with:

Hardus Viljoen, Chris Morris, Nicky van den Bergh, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Steven Cook, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje, Neil Mackenzie and a special mention has to go to Andrea Agathagelou, we spent hours and hours training together in an effort to reach our goal in playing for the Proteas. Without a doubt I would not be where I am today without all your help and support.

Dwaine Pretorius retires
Dwaine Pretorius retires

FAMILY SUPPORT

To my Mom, Dad and Brother. During my early cricket playing days you made so many sacrifices to help me reach my dream. Driving all over North West and South Africa supporting me, spending December holidays next to the cricket field and so much more. Without your support I would have never gotten to where I am.

Lastly my Wife and son. You have supported me all the way, never letting me feel bad about being away for weeks and months at a time. No matter how hard it was, you always kept encouraging and supporting me. I leave the Proteas team knowing that every time I stepped on to the field, I gave everything I had in me. From playing with broken toes, fingers and torn muscles, to carrying drinks, team meetings and helping other players wherever I could. It has been a blast. Thank you to all the fans for your support and love -you made it extra special.”

A special mention goes to Faf Du Plessis, who brought me back after being let go from the international side the first time. He backed me and helped me become a better player; thank you.”

CSA Director of Cricket Enoch Nkwe has thanked Dwaine Pretorius for his services for the Proteas.

“We would like to thank Dwaine for all his services to South African cricket. He has always represented the badge with the utmost pride, determination and commitment, leaving everything on the field every time he pulled on the Proteas shirt.

“His all-round ability added to his value as a player and his quality will no doubt be missed. Go well Dwaine, we wish you well in the next step of your career.”