Rakish South African southpaw JP Duminy got his name inscribed in the record books after the South African all-rounder taxed 37 runs in one over off Eddie Leie. Featuring for Cape Cobras in the ‘Momentum One Day Cup’ against the Knights on Wednesday, Duminy smashed the South African List A record for scoring the maximum number of runs in one over. The feisty little left-hander comes packed with power and sheer skills as he struck 5 sixes and a boundary in the 36th over. That sums up to be 34! Well, Eddie also bowled one extra delivery as he was penalised for delivering a no-ball as well. (Australia vs England, 2nd ODI: Mitchell Starc bowls a ripper of a yorker to dismiss Moeen Ali – Watch Video)
Chasing 240, the Cobras were 208 for 2 in the 36th over. But, JP had other plans. In quest of bonus points, JP welcomed fellow Leie dispatching his first 4 balls out of the park. The penultimate delivery saw Duminy run two. However, the last ball of the over was deemed no-ball which Duminy sent for a boundary. And JP was not finished yet. The sixth ball, too, was hoisted for a six, thus taking him into the history books behind Zimbabwe’s Elton Chigumbura. JP hit the second maximum runs in an over of a List A career.
Chigumbura still holds the record of hitting 39 runs in an over off Bangladesh’s Alauddin Babu in the Dhaka Premier League, back in 2013.
Winning the toss, Knights opted to bat first. Despite a century from Patrick Kruger, the Knights posted a paltry total of 239/9 after 50 overs.
Chasing, the Cobras started solid as Temba Bavuma (65) and Pieter Malan (42) kneaded over hundred runs for the opening stand. Simon Khomari (65) and JP Duminy (70) made sure the Cobras bagged the win comfortably.
As quoted by ESPNCricinfo, Duminy expressed, “It is not every day you get the opportunity, so of course I was trying to go for the six sixes in an over.”
“I initially thought it was all about the bonus point. I looked up at the scoreboard and we needed 35 with four overs still to go to get the bonus point, so I just decided to take Eddie on. I was striking the ball really cleanly, and when the first two went for six, I figured I might as well give it a full go now because regardless whether I get out we would still have secured the bonus point. It was enjoyable,” he furthered.