SA20 Match 17: Paarl Royals Triumph Again over Joburg Super Kings

SA20 Match 17 Paarl Royals Triumph Again over Joburg Super Kings

The SA20 Match 17 saw a familiar clash between the Paarl Royals and Joburg Super Kings at the DP World Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Just like their previous encounters, the Royals emerged victorious, this time by 5 wickets, maintaining their unbeaten streak against the Super Kings.

Joburg Super Kings Set a Competitive Target

Winning the toss, Paarl Royals captain Dane Vilas opted to field first. The Super Kings openers, Faf du Plessis and Reeza Hendricks, started cautiously, but Hendricks soon found his rhythm, smashing a well-constructed 79 runs off 56balls. Leus du Plooy chipped in with 30 runs, and a late blitz from Moeen Ali (23 off 12 balls) propelled the Super Kings to a challenging total of 168/3 in their 20 overs. Andile Phehlukwayo was the pick of the Royals bowlers, returning with figures of 1/18.

Royals Off to a Steady Start

Jason Roy and Jos Buttler, the Royals’ opening pair, got their team off to a solid start, putting on10 runs in the powerplay. However, Roy’s dismissal in the 3rd over triggered a mini-collapse, and the Royals found themselves at 42/2 by the 7th over.

Wihan Lubbe and Dane Vilas Steer the Chase

Wihan Lubbe and Dane Vilas then steadied the Royals’ innings with a crucial partnership of 95 runs. Lubbe played a fearless knock of 50 off 43 balls, including three sixes, while Vilas anchored the innings with 57 off 48 balls. Their partnership took the Royals past the 150-run mark and brought them within touching distance of victory.

Royals Clinch the Win in the Final Overs

With 18 runs needed off the last two overs, Fabian Allen’s 17 runs off the penultimate over brought the Royals to the brink of victory. They needed just 6 runs off the final over, bowled by Beuran Hendricks. Vilas took a single off the first ball. And then Lubbe smashed a boundary to seal the game for the Royals with five balls to spare.

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Key Takeaways

  • Reeza Hendricks’ brilliant knock of 79 was the highlight of the Super Kings’ innings.
  • The partnership between Wihan Lubbe and Dane Vilas was instrumental in the Royals’ chase.
  • Paarl Royals maintained their perfect record against Joburg Super Kings, extending their winning streak to four matches.

Match MVP: Wihan Lubbe

For his match-winning half-century and crucial partnership with Vilas, Wihan Lubbe was deservedly awarded the Player of the Match award.

Looking Ahead

SA20 Match 17 With this win, Paarl Royals solidified their position at the top of the SA20 table. Joburg Super Kings, on the other hand, find themselves languishing in the lower half of the table. Both teams will look to bounce back in their upcoming matches.

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