On January 19, the SA20 match between MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals saw the Kieron Pollard-led team winning the game by 8 wickets. MI Cape Town were given a target of 173 runs by the Royals, which they successfully chased in 16.5 overs. Ryan Rickelton emerged as the hero of the match, playing an unbeaten 94-run knock off 52 balls. In addition to his stellar performance, a fan moment during the match is also garnering attention.
During Paarl Royals’ innings, the camera panned over some spectators. As a girl noticed herself on the big screen, she decided to be the center of attention. She drank a cup of soft drink in one gulp, after which received a big cheer from the crowd for her action.
A ball later the camera panned at her again. Now she decided to do something unexpected, she grabbed the beer glass out of the hand of the person sitting next to her and chugged the whole glass in one go. As she finished the glass of beer, she again received a huge cheer from the Cape Town crowd. The video of this moment is circulating on the internet. The official X handle of SA20 posted the video with the caption, “It’s hot out there, hydrate responsibly”.
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As for the match, Paarl Royals had posted 172 runs on the board. The MI Cape Town openers proved to be too good for the Royals’ bowlers as Rassie van der Dussen and Ryan Rickelton formed an impressive 80-run opening partnership. Even after Dussen’s departure, Rickelton didn’t cease the fireworks.
Rickelton’s unbeaten 94-run innings included 7 fours and 6 sixes. His heroic knock led Cape Town to chase the target with 19 balls remaining to bowl. This marks MICT’s 2nd win of the tournament. On the other hand, despite the defeat, Paarl Royals remain on top of the points table with 3 wins.