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Sitting atop the points table with 18 points in 5 matches and an unbeaten run at home so far, Paarl Royals set off to Johannesburg for the reverse fixture against Joburg Super Kings on Wednesday.



Match Details:

Match 17: Joburg Super Kings vs Paarl Royals
Where: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
When: January 24 2024
What time: 9 PM IST/5:30 PM local time

About The Wanderers:

The Wanderers Stadium aka 'Bullring' is one of South Africa's oldest and historically rich cricket grounds, with memories of South Africa's record ODI chase against Australia echoing even today. Visiting teams have often found themselves being intimidated by the atmosphere here, particularly in the longer formats of the game. But when it comes to T20 cricket, the crowd here knows how to be laidback and enjoy the thrills that come with it. Given the venue is home to the Super Kings, they boast of an envious record, winning 5 of the total 7 games they've played here. As for the Royals, they'll be on the search for their first win at this historic ground. The most recent meeting between the two teams here ended in a win for the Paarl Royals at Boland Park. 

Overall, 130 T20 matches have been played at the Wanderers, with the average first-innings score crossing the 160-run mark. Teams batting second have won 65 of these matches, so it's no surprise that captains have opted to chase on 101 occasions. In the last 10 instances though, the trend seems to have been reversed, with teams successfully defending totals 6 times, while the ones chasing have tasted victory just 4 times. The Wanderers is an out-and-out fast bowler's dream, with 762 wickets falling to pacers in 189 innings. In the last 10 T20Is too, this trend has continued.

Royal(s) to watch

With 223 runs and two half-centuries so far, Jos Buttler is on a rampage of sorts, destroying opponent bowlers from the get-go. In the last game against the Super Kings, his unbeaten 70 powered the Royals to a 7-wicket win. Buttler is also the leading run-scorer for his team against JSK and his return to form will only bolster an already solid batting line-up that includes another power-hitter at the top, Jason Roy. The Jason-Jos partnership is turning out to be the perfect package of entertainment for the fans and of success for the Royals.



Upcoming Milestones

• David Miller needs 1 fifty for 50 50+ scores in T20s
• Andile Phehlukwayo needs 6 boundaries for 100 T20 boundaries
• Jos Buttler is 39 short of 11,000 T20 runs
• David Miller is 59 away from 10,000 runs in T20s