UK: 18+ USA: 21+ | Begambleaware.org | T&Cs apply | Play Responsibly
The first match of the Saturday doubleheader will witness Paarl Royals and MI Cape Town going head to head. The Royals will host this match no. 16 of the SA20 at Boland Park on Saturday, January 21th. MI Cape Town head into this battle as the favourites with the odds of 4/6 (1.66) whereas Paarl Royals have greater odds of 11/10 (2.10) to win this match.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- Paarl Royals vs MI Cape Town, Match 16, SA20 2023
- January 21, 2023 – 11:30 AM GMT
- Boland Park, Paarl
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
Boland Park in Paarl has short boundaries, which get negated by good assistance for the bowlers. Spinners and slower bowlers do enjoy good success here. The average first innings score at this ground reads 157. Three matches have been played here this tournament, with batting first scores of 81, 169 and 127. Afternoon fixture means there shouldn’t be a huge bat second bias.
Paarl is expected to be hot and sunny on Saturday afternoon with less than 5% chance of precipitation. The temperature will be around 33°C during match hours.
Paarl Royals vs MI Cape Town – Match Predictions
MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals are in a similar position on the points table. MICT had defeated the Royals quite comprehensively in their previous clash. MI Cape Town have looked in better form, winning comfortably and losing by close margin. They have a decent batting line-up while boasting off a strong bowling attack.
Cape Town To Hit Most Sixes
Fortuin To Take Most Wickets
Linde to be Man of the Match
MI Cape Town have a quality batting unit with the likes of Dewald Brevis, George Linde, Sam Curran, Grant Roelofsen and Odean Smith. They have struck 36 sixes in five games compared to 19 sixes by Paarl Royals. The Royals have a good line-up on paper, comprising Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, David Miller, Dane Vilas and Eoin Morgan but haven’t performed to their full potential.
Our Prediction: MI Cape Town to hit most sixes in this match with the odds of 19/20 (1.95).
Bjorn Fortuin has been magnificent in the competition, picking nine wickets in five games at an economy of 6.10. The left arm spinner has claimed 3/14 and 3/20 in the last two games. Fortuin has the odds of 100/30 (4.33) to be the top wicket-taker for Paarl Royals. For MI Cape Town, Rashid Khan could be the key if there’s turn, although he hasn’t been at his best. Rashid has the odds of 9/4 (3.25) to be the top bowler.
Our Prediction: Bjorn Fortuin to be the highest wicket-taker for Paarl Royals at 100/30 (4.33).
Man of the Match
George Linde has scored 104 runs in the season at a strike rate of 170 while picking three wickets at an economy of 6.86. Linde has the odds of 14/1 (15.00) to be the player of the match. Other top betting options include Jos Buttler, Bjorn Fortuin, Dewald Brevis and Rashid Khan.
Our Prediction: George Linde to be the Man of the Match at 14/1 (15.00) odds.
Paarl Royals vs MI Cape Town Preview
Having lost three matches each, MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals will be in desperate need of a win when they collide on Saturday. Let’s take a look at the two sides ahead of their encounter.
Paarl Royals have played five matches so far, losing three and winning two with a bonus point in one. They are coming off a five-wicket loss at the hands of Sunrisers Eastern Cape, where they only scored 127/7 while batting first.
The Royals need their star players Jos Buttler, David Miller, Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan to step up with the bat. Bjorn Fortuin has been excellent with the ball but the rest of the bowling attack doesn’t look like a big threat.
Squad: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Wihan Lubbe, David Miller (c), Eoin Morgan, Evan Jones, Corbin Bosch, Bjorn Fortuin, Codi Yusuf, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
MI Cape Town
Just like their opponents, MI Cape Town have played five, lost three and won two with a bonus point. They have let the matches slip away in the previous two outings versus Sunrisers Eastern Cape. On Wednesday, they were stunned by Marco Jansen while defending 67 off the last five overs.
MICT will hope their captain finds his form along with Sam Curran. They have had a few impact performers with the bat so they’re not heavily dependent on any single player. Jofra Archer is likely to be rested while Liam Livingstone remains on the sidelines.
Squad: Dewald Brevis, Ryan Rickelton, Rassie van der Dussen, Grant Roelofsen (wk), Sam Curran, Delano Potgieter, George Linde, Rashid Khan (c), Odean Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Olly Stone
How to Watch SA20 in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
For those in the UK, Sky Sports Cricket has the rights of the SA20 broadcast. You can also catch the action live on the online streaming platform SkyGo application.
- Sky Sports Cricket (TV)
- SkyGo app (Streaming)