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After a perfect start to their SA20 2024 campaign and a second spot on the points table, the Paarl Royals dressing room was buzzing with the 'Royals jou lekker ding' chant on Sunday.
David Miller and Co. are now back home for their next fixture with all eyes on completing a hat-trick of wins.
Match 9: Paarl Royals vs Joburg Super Kings
Where: Boland Park, Paarl
When: January 17 2024
What time: 9 PM IST | 5:30 PM local time
The Royals have an enviable record at their fortress, having won 4 out of the 6 matches played here so far. On the other hand, the Super Kings have lost their only match at this venue. The last time both teams locked horns here, the Royals emerged victorious by 7 wickets.
In the first match of this season, the home team posted a total of 160 on a slowish-looking Boland Park track that made it difficult to bat. The average first-innings score remains around 150, and teams chasing targets have ended up winning the match on most occasions.
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With scores of 41 and 75* in the first two games, captain David Miller has been in sensational form with the bat and is leading the run-chart for his team. His contributions have been the difference between the Royals and the opposition team, putting the hosts on a different pedestal altogether. Miller's promotion from the lower middle order to the Top 4 seems to have worked in the team' favour, with the skipper providing stability in case of a top-order collapse.
The Royals went into the away fixture against Pretoria Capitals with an unchanged eleven. But in the final moments of the game, Obed McCoy pulled up a niggle that saw him go down even before bowling the first ball of the 20th over. However, the Windies pacer not only completed the over but also delivered a thrilling win for the Royals. It remains to be seen whether Obed will feature in the next one, given it's still early stages in the tournament. With a host of options on the bench, the Royals management will have no shortage of fast bowlers to consider.
- Andile Phehlukwayo Needs 7 for 100 boundaries in T20s
- David Miller is 105 away from 10000 runs in T20s
- Jos Buttler needs 134 runs for 7500 runs in T20s as a wicketkeeper
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