About the Match
The Titans peaked at the right time to score an emphatic victory over the Knights, thereby setting up a semi-final clash with the Dolphins on Feb 5th at Durban. Surging ahead past the Warriors, who were defeated by the Cobras in the last league match, the Titans managed to finish with 22 points while the Dolphins suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of the Lions, who had not won a single match till the last game, and have to settle with the 28 points they had accumulated so far. The upcoming contest will be a challenging one for both teams and after performing well to get here, both sides will come out all guns blazing to make it to the title clash with the Cobras.
Unable to secure a win against the Lions, the Dolphins have suffered a major setback to their otherwise boosted morale; they struggled to score runs and build partnerships during their chase for 160 runs and lost regular wickets. Cameron Delport and David Miller both got out on a duck leaving the burden on Morne van Wyk and Cody Chetty to build the innings. The duo did well to post a 57-run stand but after their dismissal, the middle order couldn’t rise up to the occasion and they fell 7 runs short of victory. Earlier, the bowling lacked the sharpness and discipline that they exhibited so far and apart from Alexander and Subrayen, who took 3 wickets between them the rest failed to stop the run-flow. It was a dismal effort by the batsmen and they lost the opportunity to secure a place in the finals; however, the team seems confident to bounce back and make it difficult for the opponents to surpass them here.
Winning big against the Knights by 8 wickets with 15 balls to spare, the Titans who were the underdogs to make it to this stage, surprised all with their comeback in the last minute. Securing the semi-final berth, this team now has received a huge morale boost that promises to take them ahead to the finals. Saeed Ajmal once again pulled out some tricks from his sleeve and finished with 3 wickets to demolish the opponents’ middle order while David Wiese and Morne Morkel took a wicket each to unsettle the top order. The bowlers were superb in restricting the opposition to 137 runs and the batsmen delivered to perfection, building steady partnerships and ensuring not to lose early wickets. Davids and Kuhn posted a 55-run opening stand while Theunis de Bruyn did extremely well to shirk off the pressure and score 53 off 37 deliveries to take the team home safely. Their strength is in the bowling department with experienced players like Ajmal and Morkel but with their recent victory, the batsmen too look confident to back up their team with some solid runs.
While the Dolphins had a good run throughout, their performance slipped in the previous match and has exposed some of their weak links in the batting line-up; the Titans on the other hand made a huge comeback and will be extremely proud and confident of themselves going into the semi-final clash. While the contest could swing either way, the Titans are backed up by players in good form and look well placed to win here.
Titans, 1.90 @ Titan Bet