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February 19, 2012
Dolphins held their nerve to beat Impi in a tight game at the City Oval in Pietermaritzburg. After opting to bat, Dolphins reached a competitive score of 151 thanks to steady contributions from captain Imraan Khan (34) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld, who top-scored with 43. The pair added 59 for the fourth wicket; Dolphins were 42 for 3 at one stage. Supported by a couple of handy cameos from the middle order towards the late overs, Dolphins managed a score they were just about able to defend.
Impi began their chase positively, openers Khayelihle Zondo (54) and Adrian McLaren adding 46 in quick time. At 122 for 2 in the 17th over, with Zondo and a set Paul Collingwood (42) at the crease after having added 65 for the third wicket, Impi were in control. But Imran Tahir dismissed Zondo and Robert Frylinck went on to pick up four wickets, including Collingwood, to restrict Impi, who lost five wickets for 23. Impi needed six to win off the last two balls but could only manage three and lost their second straight game.
Knights overcame Titans in a high-scoring encounter at SuperSport Park in Centurion. Titans were asked to bat first and they would, presumably, have been happy with a score of 165 in 20 overs. They lost two wickets inside the first two overs but Jacques Rudolph staged a mini-recovery, making a quick 43. The situation was still tricky for Titans when Rudolph fell to make it 69 for 4 but Farhaan Behardien counter-attacked, smashing 70 in 44 balls, including four sixes, to boost them. His effort, sadly for him, was in vain.
Knights were pegged back early, losing three for 39, but they remained in contention throughout, thanks to captain Morne van Wyk's positive approach at the top. His partnership of 97 with Reeza Hendricks was a match-winning one. Both hit half-centuries to lead their team's revival, but were dismissed with the job yet unfinished. After van Wyk went in the penultimate over, having scored 62 off 50, Ryan McLaren and Werner Coetsee completed the task with four balls to spare.
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