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February 24, 2012
Jacques Rudolph was the hero of Titans' last-ball victory against Dolphins at Kingsmead. Titans needed ten off the last over and Rudolph hit the second and third balls for fours only to fail to score off the next two. With one run needed off the last ball, Rudolph hit a low full toss to midwicket to get the required single. Rudolph had played the anchor role in the chase of 168, and finished with 62 off 55 balls. Heino Kuhn and Martin van Jaarsveld played brisk cameos, but once van Jaarsveld was dismissed the run-rate dipped and Titans were left needing 35 off the last three overs. David Wiese thumped two fours and a six off an Imran Tahir over to turn the match back in Titans' favour, but a tight 19th over from Kyle Abbott meant Rudolph still had a lot to do in the last over.
Dolphins' total had been set up by Cameron Delport's 38 off 17 balls. They were in trouble, though, at 51 for 4 in the seventh over. Cody Chetty scored 63 and David Miller got 44 to take Dolphins to 167.
Lions stayed top of the table after Jean Symes too them to a three-wicket victory against Cabe Cobras at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Lions had managed to stay ahead of the required-rate for the first 14 overs of their chase of 179, but losing wickets regularly cost them, and at 134 for 6 after 15 overs they were in trouble. It was up to Symes, batting at No. 7, to take Lions home. He struck two vital boundaries in the 19th over, and then smacked the first ball of the final over, a full toss, for six to seal victory. Quinton de Kock had dominated the first half of the chase, scoring 53 off just 29 balls. His dismissal was followed by a flurry of wickets, though, leaving Symes with a lot to do.
Cobras' top order had combined to put up a fighting total. Four of the top five got past 20, with English import Owais Shah top-scoring with 48 off 33 balls.
A tight bowling performance from Knights, led by Jandre Coetzee, gave them a 24-run win over Impi at Willowmoore Park in Benoni. Coetzee took 3 for 19 in his four overs of left-arm spin to strangle the chase, after Johan van der Wath and Malusi Siboto had provided an early wicket each. Impi were never able to up the rate in their chase and fell well short of the target of 153. Knights had chosen to bat and got off to a swift start thanks to Morne van Wyk's 48 off 35 balls. Reeza Hendricks and Ryan Bailey maintained the momentum with a partnership of 54 off 6.3 overs, and the total of 152 proved more than enough.
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