SA20 2023 match preview: Sunrisers Eastern Cape v Paarl Royals

Key match-ups, analysis, form, team news, weather forecast, tickets, TV and streaming information, odds, predictions and more ahead of the latest encounter in the 2023 SA20


What's the match?

Sunrisers Eastern Cape host Paarl Royals in the next match of the SA20 in 2023.

When is it taking place?

The start of play is scheduled for 1.30pm local time (11.30am GMT) on Tuesday, January 23.

Where is the match being played?

The game will be staged at St George's Park in Gqeberha.

Who's got the form?

Sunrisers Eastern Cape have only lost one of their last five matches in the SA20, having been beaten in each of their first two.

They won the corresponding fixture between these two sides by five wickets at Boland Park earlier in the campaign.

Paarl Royals are the Mr Inconsistent of the SA20. The Royals have won three times out of seven, and have yet to put together back-to-back victories.

They come into this clash having beaten Pretoria Capitals in handsome fashion over the weekend.

With the bat, Paarl's Jos Buttler tops the run-scoring charts with 234, though he has accumulated the runs at a relatively sedate 121 - not helped by a pitch at Boland Park which has not suited free-flowing batting.

Sunrisers have shared the runs around this season: illustrated by the fact that six batsmen have scored more than 100 over the course of the campaign. Aiden Markram sits atop the list with 185 at a strike rate of 122.

With the ball, Roelof van der Merwe has been an integral cog for Sunrisers. He has 12 wickets in the competition, including 6 for 20 in a romp against Durban Super Kings recently. 


Roelof van der Merwe has been in good form for Sunrisers Eastern Cape [Sportzpics/CSA/SA20]

What's the key match-up?

Buttler vs van der Merwe. The two in-form players on either side go head to head. If Buttler takes down van der Merwe through the middle overs, Sunrisers will have to change gameplan. There are bowlers in reserve, but the Dutch international has been so important to them of late.

In fact, Buttler vs the rest is just as crucial. If the England captain gets away in the powerplay, at a ground where runs can come quickly with short boundaries, it could be a long afternoon for the hosts.

What's the weather forecast?

Overcast, with highs of 24 degrees Celsius.

What is the team news?

Don't expect to see much by way of changes from either side after their respective excellent results in their most recent fixtures. There is no Tom Abell for Sunrisers.

What are the squads?

Sunrisers Eastern Cape: 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

Paarl Royals: 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

*Squads are for the whole SA20 and not specific to this match


Jos Buttler is Paarl Royals' top run-scorer [Sportzpics/CSA/SA20]

What are the possible starting XIs?

Sunrisers Eastern Cape: Adam Rossington, Jordan Hermann, Sarel Erwee, Aiden Markram, Tristan Stubbs, Jon-Jon Smuts, James Fuller, Marco Jansen, Roelof van der Merwe, Sisanda Magala, Mason Crane

Paarl Royals: Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Wihan Lubbe, Dane Vilas, David Miller, Mitchell van Buuren, Evan Jones, Ferisco Adams, Imaad Fortuin, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

What are the odds?

Sunrisers Eastern Cape are the 5/4 outsiders with Betway, who make Paarl Royals 4/7 favourites.

What's the prediction?

This is a tough one to call, but we're going to plump for Paarl to take down the Sunrisers. 

Are tickets available?

Tickets are available for between 60 rand (£3) and 100 rand (£4.69) and can be bought through Ticketpro.

Where can I watch the game?

Sky Sports has the UK rights to SA20 matches for five years, and the games will be spread across Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Mix.

In India, Sports18 and Jio Cinema will broadcast and stream all the matches.

SuperSport will carry the games to South Africa and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa.

In Australia, you'll need to go to Foxtel for full coverage.

The Cricketer will carry match reports from every game.

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