David Miller played a crucial role in helping the Royals win by six wickets at Boland Park, keeping their playoff qualification hopes alive. Miller, who came in at number five with five overs to go, belted an unbeaten 28 runs off just 14 balls to seal the victory for the home team.
The Capitals came into the match as favourites, sitting at the top of the table following their victory over Durban’s Super Giants the previous day. The visitors’ captain Wayne Parnell won the toss and decided to bat first in the final match in Paarl.
The Capitals’ batters Kusal Mendis and Theunis de Bruyn scored 37 and 53 respectively, helping the visitors post a total of 158/6. Proteas seamer Lungi Ngidi continued his good form with 1/19 from his allotted four overs, while Ferisco Adams claimed 2/38.
The chase started well for the home side, despite losing both Jason Roy (21) and Wihan Lubbe (29) early. Jos Buttler (37) and Dane Villas (24) also made handy contributions to keep the Royals on course for victory. But it was Miller’s heroics that ultimately sealed the win for the Royals. His cameo came at a strike rate of 200, hitting four boundaries in his brief innings.
With this win, JP Duminy’s Royals move up to third position with 13 points in the standings, while the Capitals remain in first place. The Royals will now look to continue this momentum as they head into their remaining matches, fighting for a spot in the playoffs. The Capitals, on the other hand, will look to maintain their position at the top of the table and secure a spot in the finals.