"We did our research before, we have picked the team according to the conditions and the balance is good."
There was an air of confidence and assurance in skipper David Miller's words at the toss in their last outing. And it showed on the field, as the Paarl Royals clinched a solid victory against Durban's Super Giants, their second of the inaugural SA20. With 9 points in their kitty, the Royals will hope to strengthen their hold in the top half of the points table, as they gear up to host their next opponents.
14th Match: Paarl Royals vs Sunrisers Eastern Cape
Boland Park, Paal
Thursday, Jan 19: 5:30 PM local time
Both teams have played 4 matches so far, and are on par with 2 wins and 2 losses each. However, the Royals have been ahead on securing bonus points and have a positive net run rate, as compared to the Sunrisers who are placed in the bottom half with an NRR of -0.579. But the unpredictable nature of T20 cricket means that the hosts will be on their toes, looking for another win on their home turf.
Tabraiz Shamsi had missed the third match due to a hamstring scare but was back in no time to take the field against the Super Giants. The Royals went in with just one change, and it only hints towards the team finding the right balance in the playing XI and sticking with it. The top order is starting to get some runs under their belt, and the deadly combination of Evan Jones-Bjorn Fortuin is working wonders in the bowling department. Unless there's a forced change, expect the Royals to stick to their winning line-up.
Royal to watch
Jason Roy: The attacking English batter has blown hot and cold in the tournament so far, with scores of 13, 12, 33 indicating starts that couldn't be converted into big scores. On his day, Jason Roy is capable of destroying the opposition single-handedly and his captain will hope this is the ocassion for it. He also has the fiery Jos Buttler alongside for the company, and if the duo get going, there's no stopping them.
Codi's clean bowled!
It's not just on-field action that's keeping our Royals busy. Our young all-rounder Codi Yusuf had a epic proposal planned for his partner, Ashlynn. She said YES!