Titans cave under impressive Dolphins

2014-01-30 08:33

Titans: 115/7 (A Morkel 34*, Behardien 31, Van der Merwe 17, Shezi 2/16, Frylinck 2/22, Smit 1/14, Abbott 1/16)

Dolphins: 120/2 (Chetty 50, Van Wyk 50*, Saeed Ajmal 2/23)

Dolphins won by eight wickets

KwaZulu-Natal T20 franchise, the Dolphins, swam closer to the safety of a play-off berth via a comprehensive win over the Titans, doing the double over the northern franchise.

It put them second on the log behind the Cape Cobras and a win against the Knights tomorrow in Durban will put them in pole position.

But they missed a bonus point last night as they did not record the win in 16 overs.

The Titans will need a favour from the Knights, which could make their final league game on Sunday a potential knockout match.

The Dolphins will be at the Wanderers on Sunday against the struggling Lions, who are already out of the tournament. The Titans’ fate is now out of their hands.

The home side never got going, coughing up wickets at regular intervals. Henry Davids was the first to go in the opening over, chopping Kyle Abbott on to his stumps.

It only got worse for the home team as Faf du Plessis’ T20 slump continued, holing out to Cody Chetty off a Mthokozisi Shezi delivery that stopped on the Proteas T20 captain.

The turgid nature of the pitch then came to the fore in Heino Kuhn’s dismissal, who chipped the ball tamely back to the impressive Robert Frylinck, who used his pace variations very well.

The pitch played slow throughout but it was the pace bowlers who prospered. The spinners fed off the pressure created by the pace men, with Daryn Smit accounting for the dangerous Roelof van der Merwe, who played an ugly sweep shot when a straight bat shot was required.

Farhaan Behardien did his level best to anchor the ship with his sedate 27-ball innings, but runs were hard to come by. He also fell to spin, collected by Keshav Maharaj while attempting an ill-advised sweep shot.

The screws were tightened and not even the normally ballistic Albie Morkel could break the shackles, even though he was the Titans’ top-scorer in the match.

David Wiese and Mangaliso Mosehle both fell in quick succession, highlighting the fitfulness of the Titans’ innings.

Cody Chetty and Morne van Wyk wasted no time in getting to the target, even though they lost Cameron Delport in the process.

Delport tried to cut one that was too close to him off Saeed Ajmal’s bowling and was caught by Mosehle.

Chetty could not take his team home but that was as good as it got for the home team as the second-wicket partnership of 84 runs between Chetty and Van Wyk put the Titans’ paltry score into perspective.

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