SA20 [Twitter reactions]: Phil Salt steers Pretoria Capitals to a stunning win over Sunrisers Eastern Cape

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  • Pretoria Capitals defeated Sunrisers Easters Cape by 23 runs in SA20.

  • Phil Salt was named Player of the Match for his unbeaten 77.

SA20 [Twitter reactions]: Phil Salt steers Pretoria Capitals to a stunning win over Sunrisers Eastern Cape
Phil Salt shines in Pretoria Capitals' win against Sunrisers Eastern Cape (Image Source: Twitter)
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In the third match of the ongoing SA20 League 2023, Pretoria Capitals defeated Sunrisers Easters Cape by 23 runs at St George’s Park in Gqeberha on Friday.

Put to bat first, the Capitals had a terrible start as they lost five wickets for just 80 at the halfway stage. However, Phil Salt held his end and bailed out the Capitals from hot waters. The England cricketer formed a crucial 77 runs partnership with all-rounder James Neesham for the sixth wicket.

The duo took the team’s total to 157 in 18 overs before Ottniel Baartman broke the stand by dismissing Neesham for 37. But Salt kept founding boundaries and steered Capitals to a mammoth total of 193/6 in 20 overs. The English opener carried his bat throughout the innings, smashing an unbeaten 77 from just 47 deliveries with the help of 11 boundaries.

In response, the Eastern Cape only managed to reach 170/5, losing the contest by 23 runs. Opener JJ Smuts top-scored for his side with a 51-ball, 66-run knock but didn’t get enough support from the rest of the batting department.

With an unbeaten 40, Tom Abell chipped in with some valuable contributions down the order, but it wasn’t enough to take the Eastern Cape over the finish line. For the Capitals, pacer Anrich Nortje shined with the ball, picking two wickets for 18 runs in his quota of 4 overs, including a maiden.

“We got our lengths right in the second innings with a couple of X-factor bowlers in our side. I had to do what the conditions dictated with the bat. The atmosphere was tremendous. Was a bit nervous, but good to be back and playing cricket again,” said Salt after bagging Player of the Match.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

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