Match: Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs Paarl Royals (EAC vs PRL)
Date: January 19, Thursday, 9.00 PM IST
Venue: Boland Park, Paarl
The Paarl Royals and Sunrisers Eastern Cape will lock horns in match 14 of the SA20 2023 on Thursday, January 19 at Boland Park in Paarl.
The Royals, led by David Miller, are currently placed second in the points table with nine points and a net run rate of +0.322. If they win the next game, they are likely to displace the Pretoria Capitals from top of the points table. The Royals come into the game after beating the Durban Super Giants by 10 runs in their previous match. Left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin, who finished with figures of 4-0-14-3, was named the Player of the Match, while with the bat, a half-century from Wihan Lubbe helped them.
The Sunrisers, on the other hand, are placed at the fifth spot in the table with eight points and a net run rate of -0.579. However, if they win the next game comprehensively, they may move up to the second spot on the table.
Sunrisers are on a two-match winning streak, and come into this game on the back of two-wicket win over MI Cape Town. Batting first, MI Cape Town posted a total of 171 runs in their 20 overs but a 27-ball 66 with seven sixes and three fours by Marco Jansen helped the Sunrisers chase down the target with three balls to spare.
Ahead of the 14th game of the SA20, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.
Weather update and pitch report for EAC vs PRL
The pitch at Boland Park is not a high-scoring one and the spinners are likely to get maximum assistance from the surface.
Only one T20 international game has been played at the Boland Park, in which the surface was largely balanced. It was played between England and South Africa. The hosts scored 146 batting first, which the visitors chased down with one ball to spare.
The weather during the game in Paarl is likely to be pleasant with no chance of rain. Temperature is expected to cross 25 degrees Celsius.
Sunrisers Eastern Cape team news and predicted XI
Team news: Eastern Cape are on a two-match winning streak after back to back wins over MI Cape Town. Tom Abell could come into the playing XI for Jordan Cox.
Squad: Tom Abell, Marques Ackerman, Ottniel Baartman, Brydon Carse, Mason Crane, Jordan Cox, Junaid Dawood, Sarel Erwee, James Fuller, Aya Gqamane, Marco Jansen, Jordan Hermann, Sisanda Magala, Aiden Markram, Tristan Stubbs, Adam Rossington, Jon-Jon Smuts, Roelof van der Merwe
Predicted XI: Adam Rossington, JJ Smuts, Sarel Erwee, Aiden Markram, Tom Abell, Tristan Stubbs, Marco Jansen, Brydon Carse, Roelof van der Merwe, Sisanda Magala, Ottniel Baartman
Paarl Royals team news and predicted XI
Team news: The Paarl Royals could consider replacing Jason Roy with someone from the bench strength, as the England batsman has been consistently out of form. He has scored only 61 runs in four innings so far, including the highest score of 33.
Squad: Ferisco Adams, Corbin Bosch, Jos Buttler, Bjorn Fortuin, Evan Jones, Wihan Lubbe, Imraan Manack, David Miller, Eoin Morgan, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jason Roy, Tabraiz Shamsi, Ramon Simmonds, Mitchell van Buuren, Dane Vilas, Codi Yusuf
Predicted XI: Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Wihan Lubbe, Dane Vilas, David Miller, Eoin Morgan, Evan Jones, Ferisco Adams, Bjorn Fortuin, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Head to head record
This will be the first-ever match between the two sides.
Five players to watch out for
Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI EAC vs PRE
Aiden Markram – batsman, Sunrisers Eastern Cape
Aiden Markram has put up two good performances in the series so far. He scored 46 off 29 balls at a strike rate of 158.62 against Pretoria Capitals and a 50 off 35 balls at a strike rate of over 142 against MI Cape Town. He also took two wickets against Cape Town. Currently one of the best players in the game’s shortest format, Markram has scored 879 runs in 31 T20I matches at a strike rate of 147.
Jordan Cox – wicketkeeper batsman, Sunrisers Cape Town
Jordan Cox has not able to deliver in the tournament so far and will be looking to bounce back to form sooner rather than later. The wicketkeeper batsman did well in the Lanka Premier League recently and overall in 64 T20 matches, Cox has scored 1290 runs at an average of 28.04 and a strike rate of almost 133.67. He is fearless striker of the ball and capable of clearing the boundary with ease.
Wihan Lubbe – all-rounder, Paarl Royals
Wihan Lubbe is an explosive T20 batsman who can single-handedly win games on his day. In the last game against DSG, he scored 57 runs at a strike rate of 158. Overall, the uncapped batsman has played 75 T20s, from which he has 1521 runs at an average and strike rate of 22.70 and 131.57. With the ball, he has picked up 22 wickets at an economy of 7.00.
Jos Buttler – wicketkeeper batsman, Paarl Royals
Jos Buttler, one of the best limited-overs batsmen in the world, is a good choice for your MPL team’s captaincy for this game. In the previous game against DSG, he scored 35 runs including two boundaries and one six. Earlier in the tournament, he scored a half-century against MI Cape Town. Buttler has an average and strike rate of 34.69 and 144.23 in 103 T20 internationals for England.
Ottniel Baartman – bowler, Sunrisers Eastern Cape
Ottniel Baartman is another good player to have in your fantasy team. In the last game against MI Cape Town, he picked two wickets at an economy of 7. In all, he has 65 wickets in 48 T20s at an average of 17.43 and an economy rate of 6.81.
EAC vs PRL – where and what time to watch the match live in India
The Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs Paarl Royals match will not be televised in India. But you can watch the digital streaming of the match on the Jio app. The match will begin at 9.00 PM IST on January 19.
Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/
Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.