Monday, April 21, 2008

Titans take on the Dolphins in Pro20 Final

By Ilhaam Hoosain
20 April 2008

Top scorer and wicket taker, JP Duminy was also answerable for a crucial run out but it was not enough to stop the Titans from winning Sunday’s Pro20 semi-final at Sahara Park Newlands.

The Titans now have to face the Dolphins in the final and the winning margin was only six runs in a real nail-biter than went down to the wire. The Cape Cobras needed an impossible seven runs off the last ball to secure victory but a six to tie the scores would have been enough to put them through to a home final on their higher log position.

But it was not to be as all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe, who has been the up-and-coming star of this season’s competition, had Henry Davids caught off the final delivery of the match. Shortly afterwards there was a mix-up between Duminy and Herschelle Gibbs which resulted in the run out of Gibbs.

The Titans total was set up by the opening partnership between Faf du Plessis and Gulam Bodi, with du Plessis making top score of 44 before being run out.

The Titans looked set for a bigger total until Duminy, called into the attack when Rory Kleinveldt was unable to complete his share of overs because of a groin injury. He did pick up four wickets including the key ones of AB de Villiers and Albie Morkel.

Cobras versus the Titans in their final over and the Titans came out shiningand they will now play the Dolphins in Friday’s Pro20 final at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead.


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