07 Feb Joburg Super Kings and Paarl Royals raring to go in Betway SA20 Eliminator
Royals looking to regain momentum for in-form Super Kings
Tuesday, 6 February 2024: The Joburg Super Kings and Paarl Royals go head-to-head in Wednesday’s Betway SA20 Eliminator at the Wanderers.
Each side has taken contrasting routes to the playoffs. The Super Kings stuttered through the round-robin stages, winning just three matches before sneaking through via a dramatic final game win over the in-form Durban’s Super Giants at the Wanderers.
Super Kings captain, Faf du Plessis, believes that now that the playoffs have arrived, and especially with both the Eliminator 1 and Qualifier 2 being staged at the Wanderers, his team are in a prime position to go all the way just like the Sunrisers Eastern Cape did last season when the defending champions snuck into the knockout stages.
“We saw last year with the Sunrisers, they scraped through to get to the semi-finals, so we believe that as a team as well. The only difference is this year that there is an extra game,” Du Plessis said.
“Last year there were just two semis. The extra game is a little bit more of a workload in getting there, but the way we are set up at the moment with the two home games really gives us an optimistic approach to the challenge that lays ahead.
“Playing a Paarl team that has lost four games in a row, there is a lot of confidence that if we play our best cricket we can beat any team on the day and we’ve shown that when we beat Durban (Super Giants).
“When you get to the knockout stages it’s almost like a new tournament that starts. Everything that you have done in the three weeks before means absolutely nothing. We start the tournament fresh with the first Qualifier.”
The Royals, meanwhile, raced out of the starting blocks in Season 2 and qualified in third position for the playoffs with two games to spare.
However, they have endured a four-game losing streak and will be eager to break that run of defeats against JSK.
“It hasn’t been ideal the last four games, but like I mentioned after the game in Gqeberha, I was really happy with the way we went down. It was the way we want to play. We executed incredibly, well and managed to get a competitive score,” Royals captain David Miller said.
“I think we played really good cricket, but unfortunately the opposition took the game away from us in the last five overs in all those games.
“What we thought would have been a good score then became quite a massive score. As batters you are under pressure getting 10/11 per over from the get-go. It is the nature of the game, but we are refreshed and looking forward to the game. This T20 game can swing very quickly, and we are optimistic it can go our way.”
Miller is also not too concerned with the fact that JSK have home advantage for Eliminator.
“We are well prepared in all conditions. We have won up in Pretoria, we’ve won here (Wanderers) as well in the group stages.
“We have done well in Paarl, which of course suits our game, but we’ve done well on the Highveld as well. It’s all about adapting on the day and playing accordingly,” Miller said.
This match will start at 17h30 (SAST) and gates open at 14h30. The Wanderers will celebrate a Family Fun Day with scholars and pensioners getting 50% off tickets. Fans will be treated to a performance from lively band Veranda Panda and endless activities to cater for young and old. The winner of the Eliminator will face the loser of Qualifier 1 on Thursday in Qualifier 2 at Wanderers.
FULL SQUADS FOR ELIMINATOR AT WANDERERS
Paarl Royals: David Miller (captain), Ferisco Adams, Fabian Allen, Jos Buttler, Keith Dudgeon, Bjorn Fortuin, Evan Jones, Wihan Lubbe, Obed McCoy, Lungi Ngidi, Nqaba Peter, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jason Roy, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lorcan Tucker, John Turner, Mitchell van Buuren, Dane Vilas, Codi Yusuf.
Joburg Super Kings: Faf du Plessis (captain), Moeen Ali, Doug Bracewell, Nandre Burger, Gerald Coetzee, Sam Cook, Leus du Plooy, Donovan Ferreira, Dayyaan Galiem, Reeza Hendricks, Ronan Herrmann, Wayne Madsen, Sibonelo Makhanya, Aaron Phangiso, Kyle Simmonds, Imran Tahir, David Wiese, Lizaad Williams.
MATCH OFFICIALS FOR ELIMINATOR AT WANDERERS
Match referee: Zama Ndamane
Standing umpires: Babalo Gcuma and Arno Jacobs
TV umpire: Stephen Harris
Reserve umpire: Siphelele Gasa
Video from the pre-match press conference featuring Faf du Plessis (JSK) and David Miller (PR) is available for editorial use in the below link.
Rights free images from the Betway SA20 are available below.
Playoff and Final Dates
6 February – Qualifier 1 Newlands
Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs Durban’s Super Giants
7 February – Eliminator Wanderers
Paarl Royals vs Joburg Super Kings
8 February – Qualifier 2 Wanderers
Loser of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Eliminator
10 February – Final Newlands
Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2
- In the event of an interruption, in both the playoffs and final, there will be 120 minutes of extra time before overs are lost.
- There is no reserve day for the eliminator and qualifiers, if no result is achieved on the scheduled day, then the team that placed higher on final log standings will progress as the deemed winner.
- For the final – if no result can be achieved on original final day, play will resume on the reserve day from the position the game was in (no restart). All efforts will be made to achieve a result on original day.