Lungi Ngidi bagged three wickets in a solid bowling performance that saw the Titans secure a second CSA T20 Challenge win in two when they ousted the Cape Cobras by 16 runs on the third day of the competition in Durban on Sunday.
The Proteas fast bowler finished with three for 18 from four overs and was offered fine support from Chris Morris (2/21) and Lizaad Williams (2/25) as the Cape side were dismissed for 132, chasing a victory target of 149 at Kingsmead Stadium.
Earlier it was Sibonelo Makhanya’s 47 that set the Titans up for what looked a modest total of 148 for six on another hot day in the coastal city, which is hosting the tournament in a bio-secure environment (BSE).
Mandla Mashimbyi’s side won the toss and opted to bat first but found scoring not too easy as Siyabonga Mahima (1/34), Corbin Bosch (1/24) and Imran Manack (1/16) initially maintained good control.
Dean Elgar managed 31 at the top of the order, before he became one of two victims for the impressive George Linde (2/23).
It was Makhanya, however, that did the bulk of the scoring, with the Titans adding 67 when he was in the middle, first alongside Elgar and then Heinrich Klaasen (7).
Dayyaan Galiem (20*) did manage to add some valuable late runs to leave the game in the balance at halfway.
But the Cobras’ chase never really got going, with the tone set from the outset when out-of-form Zubayr Hamza (5) fell to Ngidi in the third over.
Kyle Verreynne (2) was run out following a terrible mix-up with captain Tony de Zorzi, who managed 23, while Christiaan Jonker (16) and Jason Smith (20) both got starts.
It was not until Linde got going that the Cobras really began to believe – the all-rounder plundered Tabraiz Shamsi (1/46) for three successive sixes in the 17th over – with the equation reduced to 39 runs required from the last three overs.
Williams jolted their prospects with a double strike in the next over to all but end their hopes, with Morris then closing out the game sealing a strong win for the Centurion-based team.
CSA T20 Challenge: Titans vs Cobras
Dolphins maintain 100 per cent record
A 92-run opening partnership between Sarel Erwee and Keegan Petersen helped the Dolphins make it three wins from three to lead the Betway T20 Challenge after the third day of action thanks to a three-wicket victory on the Duckworth/Lewis Method over the Warriors.
Both men struck half-centuries, with left-hander Erwee blasting four huge sixes and two fours on his way to 52 off 37 balls, while right-hander Petersen recorded a more measured 58* (56 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) in what proved to be a relatively easy chase of 144 at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium.
Earlier, the Eastern Cape franchise had captain Sinethemba Qeshile to thank after he hit an unbeaten 47 off 38 deliveries after winning the toss and batting.
The Warriors just could not get going during their innings following another stellar performance with the ball by Keshav Maharaj, who returned figures of none for 12 in four overs, two of which were remarkably maidens.
The Proteas spinner opened the bowling once again and put the brakes on from the outset, with his tight bowling leaving the Warriors on just 61 for three at halfway.
Gihahn Cloete (5), Marco Marais (18) and Lesiba Ngoepe (19) were the men to fall in the first 10 overs as Robbie Frylinck (1/33), Kerwin Mungroo (1/30) and Ottneil Baartman (2/31) all struck.
But a 71-run partnership between Qeshile and Jon-Jon Smuts (29) got the innings going, before late wickets cut short that momentum as the Warriors finished with 143 for five.
The Dolphins’ reply was outstanding. Erwee blasted his eighth career half-century and Petersen his third in what was the 2020/21 competition’s biggest partnership for all wickets to date.
When the stand was eventually broken in the 13th over by Aya Gqamane (1/15) the local side needed just 52 off 47 balls. That wicket followed by the run out of Senuran Muthusamy (6) did open the door, however, for Robin Peterson’s side.
But they then dropped two crucial catches just before the rain came, which ultimately proved costly as the Dolphins held on to climb top of the table.
CSA T20 Challenge: Dolphins vs Warriors
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