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SA20 2024 | Phehlukwayo's All-Round Show Helps Royals Edge Out Pretoria Capitals

image-lrb1a8wjPaarl Royals won by 27 runs. [PC: X]

Brief Score: Paarl Royals - 160/7 (20 Overs), David Miller 41 (33), Andile Phehlukwayo 28* (14); Daryn Dupavillion 2/29 (4), Corbin Bosch 2/35 (4) beat Pretoria Capitals - 133/7 (20 Overs), Phil Salt 39 (31), Rilee Rossouw 29 (18); Andile Phehlukwayo 2/29 (4), Tabraiz Shamsi 1/22 (4) by 27 runs.

Riding on the back of a decent outing with the bat and a stunning performance with the ball, Paarl Royals defeated Pretoria Capitals in front of their home fans in Match 3 of the ongoing SA20 2024. The David Miller-led unit kicked off their campaign in style, with maximum points from the very first game.

Phehlukwayo's late fireworks lifted Royals to 160

Earlier, after being asked to bat first, Paarl Royals posted a competitive 160-run total in twenty overs on what looked like a two-paced deck at the Boland Park in Paarl.

They got off to a positive start with English openers Jos Buttler and Jason Roy adding 42 runs for the first wicket inside the very first over, before Pretoria Capitals sent both of them back and finished the powerplay on a high.

Batting became a bit tricky following the powerplay as the ball was not coming on the bat well and some of them were really gripping on the surface. In addition, Will Jacks came into the attack and removed Wihan Lubbe, who had a struggling stay, to further derail the Royals’ batting.

Things were not looking good for the hosts and the duo of David Miller and Mitchell Van Buuren came to the rescue. The pair had an important 61-run 4th wicket partnership and laid a good foundation for a big finish in the last four overs.

However, Jimmy Neesham and his men regained control, taking three wickets in quick succession, before Andile Phehlukwayo rose to the occasion and played a brilliant cameo towards the end to take them to a defendable total.

In bowling perspective, Daryn Dupavillion was the pick of the bowlers for the Capitals, taking 2 for 29 in his four overs. Corbin Bosch also took a couple of scalps, with Will Jacks contributing with three economical overs of spin in the middle.

Disciplined Royals stifles Capitals' chase

Chasing 161, Pretoria Capitals got off to a good start as they managed 54 runs on the board but lost two early wickets, including the dangerous Will Jacks. His fellow opening partner, Phil Salt made sure the runs kept coming at a brisk pace from one end as the wicket-keeper batter scored 31 off 19 inside the first six overs.

But, like the way we saw in the first innings, the game started to take a turn as we were approaching towards the middle overs. Salt alongside Rilee Rossouw were looking fabulous in the middle as the Capitals had 78 on the board at the end of the ninth over.

Just when the Capitals were cruising towards the target, Van Buuren took an absolute stunner at the deep square leg to send the dangerous looking Rossouw and the Royals provoked a middle-order collapse.

Shamsi, from the other end, managed to trap Salt in front of the wicket and Capitals were in all sorts of trouble. The things became even worse when Corbin Bosch attempted for a suicidal run and Bjorn Fortuin caught him short of his crease.

Wihan Lubbe came into the attack and got experienced Colin Ingram in the very first ball and the Capitals were limited to six down with only 96 on the board. The pace bowlers did the rest, giving absolutely no pace, making it difficult for the visiting batters to time the ball.

The scoring rate kept on rising and despite some late fireworks from captain Jimmy Neesham, Royals fell 27-run short of the target. It was an all-round performance from every bowler of the home side with Phehlukwayo topping the chart with 2 wickets, including the one of Rossouw which changed the momentum for the home side.