6 teams. 33 league matches. 3 playoff games. 2 finalists. 1 winner. Welcome to the SA20!
We're ready to #GeesLikeRoyals.
Whatever it takes to make you proud, Paarl. 🔥💗 pic.twitter.com/A6xTFJpgcC— Paarl Royals (@paarlroyals) January 10, 2023
Match 1: MI Cape Town vs Paarl Royals
Newlands, Cape Town
5:30 PM local time
The tournament begins in the beautiful city of Cape Town, where David Miller's Paarl Royals will face off against MI Cape Town in the opening fixture. Sitting at the foot of Table Mountain, the picturesque Newlands cricket ground is all set to host this thrilling encounter between two star-studded teams. Newlands is also one of the few grounds in South Africa to assist spin bowlers in particular.
A new T20 tournament brings along its fair share of rules and regulations. And it only means one thing for cricket fans around the world - entertainment! So, how different is the SA20 and what are some of its most exciting playing conditions that we can look forward to?
- Each captain can nominate 13 players from the team to take the field before the toss. After the toss, they can select their final playing XI, with the remaining players automatically becoming substitutes
- The winning team in each match will be awarded four points and an additional bonus point if they achieve a run rate of 1.25 times that of the opposition. In case of a 'no result', both teams will be awarded two points.
With a healthy mix of young and experienced local and international cricketers, Miller & co. will be aiming to start on a winning note. Despite one of their key pacers Obed McCoy being ruled out of the tournament due to injury, the Royals will bank on the talent of their young recruits, alongside all-rounders like Corbin Bosch who add value in both departments. Corbin was also part of the Barbados Royals side that finished as finalists in CPL 2022.
With Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Ramon Simmonds in their ranks, the Royals have one of the strongest line-ups of overseas players, and it will be interesting to see how the playing XI turns out in the first game.
Paarl Royals: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Eoin Morgan, David Miller(c), Evan Jones, Ferisco Adams, Codi Yusuf, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Obed McCoy, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dane Vilas, Corbin Bosch, Bjorn Fortuin, Wihan Lubbe, Imran Manack, Ramon Simmonds, Mitchell Van Buuren
MI Cape Town: Dewald Brevis, Liam Livingstone, George Linde, Delano Potgieter, Rassie van der Dussen, Ryan Rickelton(w), Sam Curran, Rashid Khan(c), Kagiso Rabada, Jofra Archer, Odean Smith, Olly Stone, Beuran Hendricks, Ziyaad Abrahams, Grant Roelofsen, Waqar Salamkheil, Wesley Marshall, Duan Jansen
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