03rd Feb, 2024
MICTvPC Report: We gave it everything, but alas, SA20 2024 ends in heartbreak
It just wasn’t meant to be. We fought. We tried. We gave it our all. We stretched it right until the very end, but it just wasn’t our day, our season.
Senuran Muthusamy steals it in the 19th over
The game kept switching hands all through. The equation was down to 24 runs being needed off the last 12 balls for the Capitals. Remember, it was a must-win for both teams. Sam Curran ran in, Muthusamy was facing. The first ball was a proper tight length delivery at pace, but Muthu managed to reverse-lap it over the fence. And then off the last ball of the over, reverse-scooped another proper Yorker for another six. It was his day. It was a gem of a knock. And sadly, we were on the wrong side of it.
Rassie-Ryan and Kieron: Our big three rise again
The big stage brought out another super show by our openers, who’ve added feather after feather to their hats through this season. Ryan Rickelton was the aggressor with a 24-ball 35, Rassie van der Dussen was the anchor, batting until the 19th over with a 24-ball 35, and Kieron Pollard finished it off in style, like he’s made a habit of doing for the last 15 years, with a 16-ball 33, lifting MI Cape Town to a solid 163.
The act of sharing, ft. our bowlers
All our bowlers were among the wickets. Curran struck first to dismiss the dangerous Phil Salt, Rabada followed it up, before Linde grabbed a couple himself. It was Kyle Verreynne who once again gave the Pretoria Capitals’ innings some impetus, but still, at 133/6 in 17.3 overs, we were on top. Unfortunately Muthusamy and his 18-ball 38 had other plans.
Nevertheless, there’s plenty for us to be proud of in this campaign. Over the last month, MI Cape Town have given us plenty to cheer about and be proud of. Today’s a day of what if, but once the dust settles down, we can look back at it with pride as we call upon 2025!