Pretoria Capitals secured a dominating win over Sunrisers Eastern Cape on the back of opener Phil Salt’s monstrous 77 off 47 deliveries that took them to a competitive 193. In their defence, Anrich Nortje was too hot to handle with a four-over spell that got him two wickets, conceding just 18 runs, eventually stopping Sunrisers for 170/5.
Speaking on Salt’s performance on Match Centre Live, Viacom18 Sports expert Pragyan Ojha weighed in on how important a resource a player like Phil Salt can be for the Pretoria Capitals, “The most important thing is when you talk about their sister franchise the situation that they are in they would need someone like Salt to keep and deliver the way he’s delivered here. And I think all these think tanks will be looking at him as a resource where he can come in and fix those puzzles which they have a small gap,” said Ojha. Delhi Capitals acquired the services of Salt for INR 2 crore in the recently concluded player auctions.
Ojha also expressed his views on Nortje’s performance. “He’s been bowling quick and if you see the way he’s been bowling attacking those stumps, he’s trying to be disciplined and see the way he was mixing up the pace. He bowled those knuckle deliveries. When you are bowling at 150 and then suddenly coming back to 120-125 that difference really troubles you. And Nortje has been there, he’s been doing that in and out and he knows with those scores on the board it gives you that much cushion to even experiment more and more bowled.”
Paarl Royals will lock horns with Joburg Super Kings at 5:00 pm and MI Cape Town will play Durban’s Super Giants tonight at 9:00 pm, live on JioCinema, Sports18 – 1, Sports18 Khel and Colors Tamil.