Paarl Royals' decisive victory increases their lead at the top of the table.

Paarl Royals defeated MI Cape Town by 59 runs two days later on Sunday, January 19. After losing to Kieron Pollard’s team by eight wickets the previous day. This prevented MI Cape Town from having the double over them. MI Cape Town had easily chased down 172 on Friday. On Sunday, they were knocked out for just 103. While chasing 9 less runs. Thanks to a joint effort anchored by Bjorn Fortuin’s outstanding 3 for 15.

The Royals were asked to bat first. They smashed 60 in the PowerPlay thanks to Jason Roy and Jos Buttler. MI Cape Town attempted to contain the Royals once more in the middle overs with their two left-arm spinners. Thomas Kaber and George Linde. Importantly, the Royals did not lose a wicket despite giving up 28 runs in five overs following the PowerPlay. Roy and Buttler charged, as soon as Pollard pulled them off the assault.

They took 13 off Sam Curran in the 13th over and 15 off Pollard in the 12th. Pollard removed Roy for 69 runs off of 46 balls by bringing back Kaber right away, giving the team a breakthrough. Kaber’s remarkable innings of 1 for 24 in 4 overs ended with two superb overs from Nuwan Thushara, reducing the Royals to 162 for 3. Buttler concluded with 54 off 42.

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Following that, left-arm spinner Fortuin started bowling for the Paarl Royals and damaged MI Cape Town in the first over by taking the wickets of Dewald Brevis and Rassie van der Dussen. After that, Obed McCoy further hurt the pursuing team by getting rid of Ryan Rickelton in the fourth over.

MI The middle-order hitters Curran, Liam Livingstone, and Connor Esterhuizen for Cape Town made an effort to rally. But it was short-lived. Before Fortuin came back to dismiss Linde in the fifteenth over, Tabraiz Shamsi and Lungi Ngidi put an end to that endeavour, leaving MI CT at 79 for 7. The squad reached the three-figure mark thanks to Kaber’s 14 off 12 deliveries. Before they were bowled out for 103 in the 19th over.

Brief Scores: MI Cape Town lost to Parl Royals 162/3 in 18 overs (Jason Roy 69, Jos Buttler 54, and Nuwan Thushara 2-27). A total of 59 runs were scored in 2 overs (Connor Esterhuizen 32; Bjorn Fortuin 3-15, Tabraiz Shamsi 2-11, Obed McCoy 2-18, Lungi Ngidi 2-26)