Ram Slam T20 Challenge 2012-13 March 12, 2013

Titans stave off Cape Cobras in thriling run chase

ESPNcricinfo staff

Lions 145 for 6 (de Kock 42) beat Knights 143 for 8 (Rossouw 76) by four wickets
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Lions successfully chased Knights' 143 by four wickets to extend their lead at the top of the table. Knights elected to bat, with the openers starting promisingly with a 44-run stand. Once Loots Bosman was dismissed, Dean Elgar came in to continue building on their efforts, but was also dismissed at the halfway stage with the score on 72. Once Rilee Rossouw was out with an attacking 76 off 47 balls, the innings began to lose momentum, with the final seven wickets falling for the addition of 31 runs. Knights eventually reached a defendable 143 for 8 at the completion of their quota of overs.

Lions failed to establish a platform from which to launch as Gulam Bodi and Chris Morris fell cheaply. Opener Quinton de Kock and Alviro Petersen combined for 32 runs for the third wicket, before de Kock was bowled by Elgar. Contributions from Petersen (36), Sohail Tanvir (18), and a decisive 31 off 17 balls from Jean Symes, though,led Lions to a four-wicket victory over the Knights with five balls to spare.

Titans 178 for 4 (Behardien 68, Davids 55, Mahmood 3-34) beat Cape Cobras 171 for 4 (Shah 61*) by seven runs
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Titans won a nail-biter against Cape Cobras to move up to third place on the table. Titans were put in to bat, and the openers started strongly, posting 40 after 4.2 overs, before Jacques Rudolph fell for 35. Titans lost two further wickets quickly to be 64 for 3, but Henry Davids and Farhaan Behardien put up a 92-run stand that ensured they finished at a competitive 178 for 4 after their 20 overs. Behardien top-scored with an unbeaten 68, with Davids scoring 55. Azhar Mahmood had the best figures of 3 for 34.

Cape Cobras suffered an early blow, with Richard Levi being bowled by Roelof van der Merwe with the score on 24. Contributions from Dane Vilas (32) and Azhar Mahmood (27) helped steady the innings, and once both were dismissed, Owais Shah and Justin Ontong took over to navigate the chase. They kept the prospects of victory alive with their attacking innings of 61 and 31 respectively, but fell seven short of the target at the completion of 20.