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March 11, 2012
Faf du Plessis' five-wicket haul was in vain as Titans fell short of Lions' 163 by 16 runs in Johannesburg. du Plessis bowled four batsmen on his way to 5 for 28 after Titans chose to field. Lions were 97 for 2 after 12 overs but du Plessis kept them to 163 for 7. Quinton de Kock and Neil McKenzie chipped in with forties while Jean Symes struck an unbeaten 32. Titans' chase stuttered at the start and they were soon reduced to 70 for 5. Farhaan Behardien kept them going with 48 off 26 but Chris Morris led a successful defence with 4 for 24 as Titans were restricted to 147 for 9.
Richard Levi cracked nine boundaries in his 61 as Cape Cobras easily completed their chase of 157 against Knights for the loss of only four wickets in Paarl. By the time Levi was dismissed for 61 off 32, Cobras were already on 97 in the tenth over. Dane Vilas and Justin Kemp finished the job with an unbroken 55-run stand as Cobras won in the 19th over. Knights' innings of 156 for 7 was a collection of wasted starts as no batsman made more than 31. Obus Pienaar began with two sixes but fell for 22 off 11 to Brad Hogg. Hogg and Alistair Gray picked up two wickets each for Cobras.
Dolphins suffered their fourth washout in a row as their game against Warriors was abandoned without a ball being bowled in East London.
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Plays of the day from the fifth ODI in Ranchi
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