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SA20 Match 18: Miller steers Royals to 6 wicket win over Capitals

Boland Park, Paarl
Boland Park, Paarl

David Miller 28*, steered Paarl Royals to an important moral boosting 6 wicket win today, at Boland Park , Paarl in Match 18 SA20.

Match Summary

Paarl Royals vs Pretoria Capitals, 18th Match, SA20

Paarl Royals 162/4 (19.4 ov)

Pretoria Capitals 158/6 (20 ov)

Result - Paarl Royals won by 6 wickets


The Paarl Royals performed well towards the end of the innings and were able to limit the Capitals to less than 160 runs. Bjorn Fortuin started things off well by taking the wicket of Will Jacks in the first over. The Capitals recovered with a strong second wicket partnership between Kusal Mendis and Theunis de Bryun. After Mendis was out, de Bruyn accelerated and hit big shots, reaching his fifty and giving the Capitals some needed momentum. Near the end, Jimmy Neesham played a solid 21-run cameo to help the Capitals reach more than 150 runs.

The Paarl Royals bowlers put in a decent performance, particularly at the end of the innings. Bjorn Fortuin had a rare poor performance, but Tabraiz Shamsi bowled well. Lungi Ngidi was the standout player as he was exceptional at the death, particularly with his slower balls. Ferisco Adams and Evan Jones were costly and were taken advantage of by de Bruyn who anchored the Pretoria innings.

In the run chase, Jos Buttler and veteran Dane Vilas stepped up and put on a crucial partnership to keep the chase alive for the Royals. As long as those two were there, the chase seemed relatively easy for the Royals. However, Will Jacks bowled a remarkable over and took the wickets of Vilas and Buttler, putting the pressure back on the batting side. Ultimately, it was the experience and powerful hitting of David Miller that saw Paarl through to victory.

The Pretoria bowlers missed out on crucial opportunities and were unable to take key wickets at crucial moments. Their top fast bowlers, Anrich Nortje and skipper Wayne Parnell, were not very effective, and it was left to the spin bowlers to lead the charge. Rashid was as economical as ever, and Will Jacks proved to be a wise bowling change. However, Pretoria failed to effectively strategize against David Miller in the final stages of the game, not utilizing slower balls to their full potential.

 Match Stats

Pretoria Capitals Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Will Jacks - 0.6 ov), 2-57 (Kusal Mendis - 7.2 ov), 3-85 (Rilee Rossouw - 10.5 ov), 4-91 (Shane Dadswell - 12.1 ov), 5-135 (Theunis de Bruyn - 17.1 ov), 6-145 (Eathan Bosch - 18.6 ov)

Paarl Royals Fall of wickets: 1-48 (Jason Roy - 5.5 ov), 2-54 (Wihan Lubbe - 6.6 ov), 3-119 (Dane Vilas - 15.1 ov), 4-120 (Jos Buttler - 15.3 ov)

Playing XIs

Paarl Royals: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(WK), Wihan Lubbe, Dane Vilas, Mitchell Van Buuren, David Miller(C), Evan Jones, Ferisco Adams, Bjorn Fortuin, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

Pretoria Capitals: Kusal Mendis(WK), Will Jacks, Theunis de Bruyn, Rilee Rossouw, Shane Dadswell, Jimmy Neesham, Eathan Bosch, Wayne Parnell(C), Senuran Muthusamy, Adil Rashid, Anrich Nortje

Match Details:

DateSunday, January 22, 2023 11:30

Venue: Boland Park, Paarl, Paarl, Paarl

TossPretoria Capitals won the toss & elected to bat

Officials Umpires: Bongani Jele (South Africa) Stephen Harris (South Africa) Lubabalo Gcuma (South AfricaTV)

Match Referee: Barry Lambson (South Africa)

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