Sunrisers Eastern Cape registered their second consecutive win in the ongoing SA20 as left-arm fast-bowling all-rounder Marco Jansen turned up the heat with the bat by leading his side to an exciting two-wicket win over table-toppers MI Cape Town.
Chasing 172, Jansen came in when his team needed 81 in less than eight overs. The lanky South African launched a fiery counterattack laced with seven sixes and three fours including 28 runs in the 16th over off leg-spinner Rashid Khan, the MI Cape Town skipper and one of the best T20 players in the globe, and was unbeaten on 66 off just 27 balls.
Former India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha declared Jansen’s innings as one of the best he has witnessed ever. “The way he came in and from ball one, he just went after the bowlers and who these bowlers were? They had Rashid Khan, Kagiso Rabada, they had Archer, the bowlers you would want in your team and he took them on and just took the game along with him,” he was quoted as saying by Match Centre show on Sports18.
In international cricket, Jansen had established himself as a reliable bowler. But with SA20, his batting exploits are now coming to the fore. “At that stage, we had to make a plan, we had to pick one bowler. After the first ball went for six, I just decided to see what happens and try and go with it,” Jansen said post-match.
On the other hand, former India and Chennai Super Kings player Suresh Raina, who is also on the expert commentary panel for SA20, recently revealed that Dhoni is aware that his fans call DRS as the Dhoni Review System.
“M.S Dhoni is aware that fans call DRS as the Dhoni Review System. Even for me, it has always been the Dhoni Review System. Only later, I discovered the real term. Dhoni always takes the review at the last second because the bowler always thinks that it is out but it is Dhoni, who, from behind the stumps has a clearer vision of all three stumps and can take a better call,” he said.
Ojha too cheekily commented on this and said to Raina, “I feel the umpire checks as well if Dhoni has appealed for the wicket or not. If Dhoni has appealed, it must be out.”