24th Match, Johannesburg, February 03, 2023, SA20

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4.29pm Official word. Match abandoned due to rain. It promised to be a wonderful game of cricket between two teams in the middle of the table and both still iffy about their semi-final chances. Royals were set for a competitive total courtesy Jason Roy's scintillating half-century, and Super Kings were looking to drag things back. However, that is not to be. Two points each.

In all, we had 15 overs, in two spells of 9 and 6 overs. This is the first abandoned game of the tournament, and fingers crossed it is also the last. See you around for more cricket, including the second SA20 game today that starts in 45 minutes.

Muhammed : "Don't worry you will have the rest of the day off as well. It just started raining in durban "

4.20pm Paarl Royals would really want this game to happen because this is their penultimate match and would love four (or five) points. Their last game is against the table toppers Pretoria Capitals so that won't be easy and if they lose that they would finish on 19 points (which is touch and go). Super Kings will move to second third place with two games to go if today is a washout, with games against Sunrisers Eastern Cape and MI Cape Town to follow.

Joseph: "I work about half a km away from the Wanderers and unfortunately I can report that the rain is lashing down. Very heavy downpour. There are bright skies in the distance, but the problem is going to be drying the outfield."

3.57pm Still no update, which is always bad news. From the visuals on social media, chances of play are low.

We've got more rain now, and there's another delay. That's my cue to hand things over back to Sreshth, who, hopefully, should bring you live cricket shortly

Fasna: "It was not because Bavuma was undeserving to be picked but his skillset was pretty much available in the market. If you look, all the teams have got pretty solid opening batsmen either as foreigners or locals. Bavuma got pushed out because of that. Now SEC wanted a top order batsman and he is recruited. "

end of over 1515 runs • 1 wicket
PR: 131/4CRR: 8.73 
Evan Jones1 (1b)
David Miller5 (6b)
Romario Shepherd 3-0-30-1
Donovan Ferreira 2-0-5-1
Shepherd to Jones, 1 run

driven to sweeper cover to get him off the mark

Shepherd to Roy, OUT

falls finally. Persisted with the wide length as Roy couldn't get much purchase on his shot, getting more height than distance. Ferreira is well positioned to take a smart catch, but let that not detract from a very impressive innings

Jason Roy c Ferreira b Shepherd 61 (42b 8x4 3x6 68m) SR: 145.23
Shepherd to Roy, FOUR runs

slapped over cover for another boundary. He's picking these slower balls well ow

Shepherd to Roy, 1 wide

much too wide

Shepherd to Roy, SIX runs

and as soon as I say that, he picks the slower ball and heaves it into the top tier over cow corner. Might be the biggest six of the day, at 89m.

Shepherd to Roy, no run

tried to sweep it from well outside off stump. Only manages to make contact with the bottom of the bat. The runs have dried up for Roy lately

Shepherd to Miller, 3 runs

eased towards a vancant fine leg, where the fielder has to make up plenty of ground to keep it to three

Ggbg: "Beyers Swanepoel, Mihlali Mpongwana, Dayyan Galiem, Bamanye Xenxe, Ruan de Swardt. Just five of many super talented players still snubbed by the sa20, because signings were based on marketability to a sa public that don't follow sa cricket and perceive ordinary overseas players as more talented."

end of over 142 runs
PR: 116/3CRR: 8.28 
David Miller2 (5b)
Jason Roy51 (38b 7x4 2x6)
Donovan Ferreira 2-0-5-1
Nandre Burger 3-0-26-1
Ferreira to Miller, 1 run

nudged into the offside. Sensational over from him

Ferreira to Miller, no run

dug out back to the bowler, who scrambles to his left to stop a single. Great work

Ferreira to Roy, 1 run

eased into the onside. Ferreira won that little stoush this over

Ferreira to Roy, no run

fizzes it in again. Roy's reverse sweep can't connect, again

Ferreira to Roy, no run

slows this up. Gets a thin inside edge to short fine

Ferreira to Roy, no run

skidded through it pace to beat Roy

end of over 134 runs • 1 wicket
PR: 114/3CRR: 8.76 
David Miller1 (3b)
Jason Roy50 (34b 7x4 2x6)
Nandre Burger 3-0-26-1
Maheesh Theekshana 3-0-16-0
Burger to Miller, no run

slower full ball to end, which is defended

Burger to Roy, 1 run

nudged into the offside to bring up a 34-ball 50. Roy's white-ball revival continues

Burger to Miller, 1 run

driven back down the ground and they scuttle through for one

Burger to Miller, no run

slightly back of a length. Seamed away and was just centimetres away from that outside edge

"Great to see that Bavuma finally has a gig in the SA20," says Martin. "It might not be his strongest format, but there's no way he was ever not in the best 40 or so South African T20 batters." Thoughts, folks?

Burger to Vilas, OUT

cleans him up with a clever slower ball. Came around the wicket and rolled his fingers over it. Vilas was set up to biff it over midwicket, but misses completely. The top of off line meant the bowler hit

Dane Vilas b Burger 17 (12b 2x4 0x6 22m) SR: 141.66
Burger to Vilas, 2 runs

stopped in the wicket. Roy was through hs shot much too early and it flew miles! Even so, no one can quite get underneath it

end of over 128 runs
PR: 110/2CRR: 9.16 
Jason Roy49 (33b 7x4 2x6)
Dane Vilas15 (10b 2x4)
Maheesh Theekshana 3-0-16-0
Romario Shepherd 2-0-15-0
Theekshana to Roy, no run

doesn't connect there. Absorbing little battle, that over

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