Ram Slam T20 Challenge 2013-14 January 26, 2014

Warriors edge Dolphins by two-run win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Two wickets from Rusty Theron in the final over of the Dolphins innings kept them short of the target of 142 by three runs in Durban to push Warriors to second place. Chasing 142, Dolphins required eight from the last over but scored only five to slip to third place.

Opting to bat, Warriors lost the first two wickets within four overs but were steadied by JJ Smuts and Ryan Bailey with a stand of 56 in 34 balls. Smuts fell for 36 after striking three fours and two sixes and once Bailey was dismissed for a 35-ball 49 in the 18th over, the remaining batsmen could not score as quickly. Only 17 runs from the last 15 balls took them to 141 for 6 as Kyle Abbott finished with 3 for 21 from four overs.

Dolphins were in a spot of bother from the beginning itself after they lost their top order for 15 runs in the first 20 deliveries. They were brought back on track with fifties from David Miller and Khaya Zondo as they put on 91 for the fourth wicket. Miller's innings of 60 off 40 ended in the 15th over after which they needed 35 from 30. They were rocked further with more wickets in the next four overs but Zondo brought it down to eight from six with 12 runs from the last three balls of the 19th over. However, an economical over form Theron gave Warriors a two-run victory.

With a convincing six-wicket win against Lions, Titans increased their chances of booking a play-off berth by being placed fourth in the points table. With three wickets in his third consecutive match, Saeed Ajmal restricted Lions to 142 despite a 50-ball 70 from Quinton de Kock. The 21-year-old opener did not get much support as Lions never got any substantial partnerships going. Lions were reeling at 17 for 3 in the third over and then 82 for 6 in the 14th before de Kock and Chris Morris took them to 111. However, Ajmal dismissed both of them in consecutive overs to finish with 3 for 26 and Lions were all out on the last ball of the innings. Morne Morkel picked up 2 for 14 from his four overs.

Titans were given a strong start from openers Henry Davids and Heino Kuhn as they scored 82 in under 10 overs. Kuhn was trapped lbw by Imran Tahir for 43 and Faf du Plessis and Davids also fell in the next three overs. Farhaan Behardien's unbeaten 31 with four fours took them home with nine balls to spare and six wickets in hand. Lions are still win-less from eight matches.

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  • David on January 29, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Thami Tsolokile scored 4. Quinton de Kock scored 70. Tsolokile has even handed the wicketkeeping duties over to de Kock too. de Koc has the 2nd most runs in the tournament, just 21 behind Hashim Amla, who has played one more innings than de Kock has. de Kock is keeping pace with Amla, until recently unchallenged as the world's best batsman, while Tsolokile has scored 43 runs. And he is keeping. This makes him a really valuable player.

    Now, why would anyone on the planet argue that Tsolokile should be included in the squad to play Australia, when de Kock is unquestionably the more valuable player. If we want to beat Australia, pick de Kock. Our chances go up. It is that simple.

  • Dummy on January 27, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Ajmal brilliant again. Let it be any format he is unbelievable. A great performer and a nice gentlemen. Friendly guy.

  • Dummy4 on January 27, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Lions are teh worst Team in the History of Ramslam no wins in 8 matches..poor..jus change the skipper Tsoloekile & also drop him bring in the talented players lik stephen cook & make dekock the skipper...

  • creebo on January 27, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    Ajmal and narine been showing what a big difference does it make to have a world class spinner,both been brilliant,morne morkel starting to find his groove,de kock so consistent for a 21 yr old

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