Ram Slam T20 Challenge 2013-14 January 18, 2014

Mbane heroics lead to Dolphins-Warrior tie

ESPNcricinfo staff

Lundi Mbane's four wickets in the final over helped Warriors tie their match against Dolphins at Port Elizabeth. This result would have gone a long way in making amends for Wayne Parnell's error in the Warriors' previous match against Titans, when he had overstepped to cede the high-scoring thriller. The Warriors batted first, with Ashwell Prince guiding the team to 69 for 1 inside eight overs. Once Prince was bowled by Daryn Smit for 40, the rest of the Warriors line-up failed to post meaningful scores, with Parnell hammering 22 off 14 to help take Warriors to 152 for 7.

Dolphins began their chase brightly, with Cameron Delport and Morne van Wyk putting on 49 for the first wicket. Once Delport was dismissed, Cody Chetty (39) entered the fray, and with Vaughn van Jaarsveld added a further 57 to the total to take Dolphins to a strong position of 115 for 2 after 14.2 overs.

With just 38 more to get off 34 balls, it looked a walk in the park for Dolphins, but things began to take a sinister turn. First van Jaarsveld holed out to Simon Harmer off Mbane in the 18th over, then the wickets really began to tumble as Dolphins lost their last five wickets in the space of just ten deliveries as Mbane bowled the perfect last over to eke out four further wickets, including a run out, as Dolphins capitulated at the close, effectively ending the match as a tie.

Richard Levi's barnstorming 113 helped Cobras dismantle Knights by 80 runs in Bloemfontein.

The Cobras won the toss and elected to bat first, which proved to be the right decision as Levi and Hashim Amla blasted the Knights bowlers to the tune of 171 runs in 15 overs. Levi's innings came to an end when he was bowled through the gate by Ryan McLaren. Amla would fall just a few overs later when he was caught by Dillon du Preez on 65, off the bowling of Johan van der Wath. Their twin innings helped prop the team's score to an imposing 208 for 3.

The Knights never really had a chance at making a decent stab at the chase, as despite from Reeza Hendricks, who hit 64 off 50 to carry his bat till the end, the rest of the order failed to produce. Robin Peterson, Beuran Hendricks, Sunil Narine and JP Duminy all picked up two wickets as Knights faltered to 128 for 8 at the end of their quota of overs.

Some tight bowling at the death helped Titans edge Lions by just 10 runs in their encounter at Potchefstroom. Titans batted first, and despite losing two quick wickets to be reduced to 14 for 2 inside of four overs, Henry Davids (36) and Graeme van Buuren (55) ensured Titans were in the match with a productive stand of 72 runs by the midway mark. Farhaan Behardien chipped in with a vital 34 as the rest of the tail failed to wag to leave Titans on 158 for 9.

The Lions chase was bolstered by an 84-run opening stand between Quinton de Kock (52) and Gulam Bodi (36). However, once both batsmen fell by the 13th over, the Lions began to falter against the slowly rising required rate. Some tight bowling, which was constantly shuffled by their captain, Henry Davids, ensured the Lions batsmen never got comfortable with one particular bowler, as they failed to get to the target by just 10 runs as they wound their way to 148 for 3.

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  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Agreed Surly! Morris must have been bemused if not angry at only bowling 3 overs! And a loss with 7 wkts standing seems to point again to something amiss in Lions camp.

    It seems a super over may be reserved for knock outs and internationals? Amazing that Warriors had two ties in a row and very similar scores!

  • creebo on January 18, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    hope amla continues his form into the t20 wc..rr hendricks on fire..he and rillee russouw should be our opening pair in odis.beuran hendricks should go to the t20 wc

  • $$ milind on January 18, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    A super over could have excited us a bit more, but anyways South Africa's bowling stocks look really vast. There are unfortunately better bowlers than Morne Morkel, Mclaren in T20s who need to be given a look in.

  • des on January 18, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    I think super overs are only used for knockout games in this comp. Which makes sense for the league stage actually.

    Watched the Lions Titans game and it included some of the most bizarre captaincy I've ever seen in a T20 game. Morris was the Lions best bowler by far - so he only bowled 3 overs! They only selected 4 specialist batsmen again - but McKenzie didn't even get to bat as they sent the likes of Pretorius ahead of him! How can one lose by ten runs with 7 wickets in hand?

    Surely Bavuma and Tsolekile, as coach and captain, have a few questions to answer? What is going on with that team?

  • Dummy4 on January 18, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    When there was the possibility of a tie in the Titans-Warriors match one of the commentators said "It looks like we may have a super over". Yet no such thing in the Dolphins-Warriors match last night? Was he mistaken? What are the rules?

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