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11th November 2020

South Africans dominate Indian T20 League with match-winning showings

The Indian T20 league, for the last 13 years, has been a huge platform for the young and the experienced stars to display their skills and talent on a global platform. Players such as Kieron Pollard, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and David Warner have wowed the audiences with their aggression, and have set a fine example for the upcoming talent.

This season of the edition too has had plenty of action on offer. High scores have been chased down, matches have been won in the Super Overs and the bowlers have raised their game to leave a mark. While the West Indians and the Englishmen, like all seasons, have been in great nick, this year it has been the South Africans who have turned heads.

Quinton de Kock of Mumbai Indians has got his team off to decent starts match-after-match, and has been a major reason for Mumbai’s success this season. In 15 games, de Kock amassed 483 runs with four fifties with a strike rate of around 140. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, the opener has taken on the onus of seeing off the new ball and providing a solid start so that big-hitters Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya can flourish at the end.

Bangalore have been led by the performance of two superstars from the Rainbow Nation - AB de Villiers and Chris Morris. The latter, in particular, has been effective and has completely overhauled the bowling attack of the side. The all-rounder, who missed the first half of the edition due to injury, has had a drastic influence on the side, with the Bangalore bowling attack picking up 11 wickets in the 9 games that he played, whilst conceding runs at just 7.8. Before Morris joined the XI, Bangalore would concede runs at a rate of 9.11 an over and had picked up just 28 wickets in 5 games, and the numbers are evidence of Morris’ skills.

De Villiers has played two classic innings’ - he scored an unbeaten 73 in 33 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders in a match where the other batters scored 218 in 207 balls. He also smashed 55* in 22 balls against Rajasthan Royals to guide his team over the line. The former South African has the highest strike rate in the death overs this year - 227.84.

Faf du Plessis was the only consistent Chennai batter this season, with 449 runs from 13 games. He smashed runs at a rate of 140.75 with four half-centuries, and was the sole bright spark in an otherwise dismal season for the unit.

The duo of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada for Delhi Capitals have been the X-factors in the tournament thus far. While Rabada is the Purple Cap holder with 29 wickets, including best figures of 4 for 24, Nortje has perfectly paired up with his countryman to pick 20 wickets. The two youngsters are just another group of extremely talented fast bowlers to have emerged from South Africa, and Delhi pulled off a coup when they signed in two overseas pacers to handle the powerplay and the death overs.

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