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Eat, play, win, repeat. The Paarl Royals have gotten off to a dream start in the SA20 2024 with wins in their first three matches and have rightfully taken the No.1 spot in the points table for now. Captain David Miller has led by example with his explosive batting, while the bowling department has come together to deliver clutch victories. Two of those have come at their very own Boland Park, while one was in an away game against Pretoria Capitals. 



With the winning momentum sky-high and a well-oiled unit at their disposal, the Royals are back on the road again, this time in scenic Cape Town for the much-anticipated 'Western Cape Derby'. 

Match Details

Match 11: MI Cape Town vs Paarl Royals
Where: Newlands, Capetown
When: January 19 2024
What time: 9 PM IST/5:30 PM local time

About the Newlands Cricket Ground

One of the oldest stadiums in South Africa, the Newlands Cricket Ground is set amidst Table Mountain, a popular tourist spot in the city. The picturesque setting and brilliant weather conditions make it a hotspot for cricket watchers. Add to that a balanced contest between bat and ball. In the last 10 T20s, this venue has produced some high-scoring games, with the average winning score being over 180. This is one of the rare grounds where teams batting first and the ones chasing have found success in equal measure. However, recent results suggest it may be a better idea to chase, as has been the case with captains winning the toss and electing to bat 8 out of 10 times.

The Royals have lost the only game they've played at Newlands, but it's the opposition whose track record may just be the motivation they need. Of the 6 matches that MI Cape Town have played here, they've tasted victory in just two. 

Royal to watch

With 8 wickets in 3 matches so far, pacer Lungi Ngidi has been leading the Royals' pace attack like a hunter on the prowl. The early breakthroughs he's been providing in the Powerplay overs have helped the team assert their dominance up front. Ngidi is also currently the leading wicket-taker of the tournament and has been a consistent performer throughout the two seasons, featuring the top 3 wicket-takers of SA20.

Most wickets in SA20

Bowler Innings Wickets Avg
Roelof van der Merwe 9 20 9.6
Anrich Nortje 11 20 13.3
Lungi Ngidi 12 19 17.7
Gerald Coetzee 9 17 13.5


Upcoming Milestones

• David Miller needs 1 fifty for 50 50+ scores in T20s

• David Miller is 103 short of 10,000 T20 runs

• Jos Buttler needs 139 more for 11,000 runs in T20s


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