About the Match
The Titans registered an emphatic victory over Knights by 10 runs recently to maintain the top spot on the table with 22 points after 6 games; they will now go up against Dolphins, who are placed 3rd with 11 points, on 30th November at Durban. Setting a target of 169 runs, the Titans batsmen combined well to bring out all their firepower with bat and ball; they will be eager to continue with their winning momentum. The Dolphins on the other hand, recently lost the match against Lions narrowly by 6 runs and would be determined to make a comeback here.
Chasing 176 against Lions, top order batsmen like Cameron Delport, Morne van Wyk and Mbasa Gqadushe failed to build a solid foundation; Cody Chetty posted 35 off 28 while Robbie Frylinck fought a lone battle at the lower order with a superb 49 from 20 deliveries. However, their efforts went in vain and they lost the match by 6 runs. Spin specialist Imran Tahir took 2-32 while Engelbrecht, Frylinck and Delport provided regular breakthroughs with the ball but they ended up facing a stiff target.
Against Knights, all-rounder batsman Cameron Delport took 3-26 to help restrict the opposition to 153, and then came back to score 36 from 24 deliveries in the chase. Morne van Wyk’s brilliant 56 from 43 and Cody Chetty’s unbeaten 46 steered the team to a comfortable win by 8 wickets. They have good depth in the batting line-up with in-form players like Morne, Delport, Frylinck and Chetty.
Bowlers like Imran Tahir, Nipper, Frylinck and Delport have been consistently taking wickets and they can try to outwit the Titans here too.
Farhaan Behardien posted a quick fire 37 from 22 to take the total to 168 against Knights; Qaasim Adams, Heino Kuhn and opener Markram contributed well with 36, 40 and 21 runs respectively. They are in good form with the bat and can post stiff targets or chase one with ease. Defending the total against Knights, Siboto, Dala, Albie Morkel and David Wiese took regular wickets and stifled the opposition, leading to a win by 10 runs.
When they had met Dolphins earlier in the tournament, the batsmen had put up a power-packed performance posting 185 runs batting first. Behardien’s unbeaten 65 from just 33 was the highlight of the innings and he is in good form to stabilise the middle order. Jonathan Vandiar provided 40 runs opening the innings while Kuhn posted a quick fire 32 from 17. Spinner Shaun von Berg had claimed 3-25 while medium pacer Junior Dala had also taken 3-30 to stifle the opponents and help win the match by a huge margin of 58 runs.
They are a strong unit with in-form batsmen and result-oriented bowlers, who can prove to be a tough nut to crack again by the Dolphins.
The Titans have won the contest before against the Dolphins and have the psychological advantage here; although Dolphins have good all-rounders, we feel that Titans are better placed to win again