Titans secure Standard Bank Pro20 title
Titans 153 for 6 (de Villiers 46, Bodi 45) beat Dolphins 135 (Mbhalati 3-18) by 18 runs
The Titans were at their sharpest with bat and ball as they turned the Dolphins into sushi with an 18-run win in the Standard Bank Pro20 final in Durban. The win marked the Titans' second triumph of the summer in the wake of their successful MTN domestic championship campaign.
Led by a third-wicket stand of 60 between Gulam Bodi (45) and AB de Villiers (46), the Titans posted 153 for 6 - the highest total scored in this competition at Kingsmead this season. The Dolphins struck back by dismissing Bodi and de Villiers 10 balls apart, but Albie Morkel steered the Titans to their challenging total with an unbeaten 33 that he blasted off 17 balls with two fours and two sixes.
Then, spearheaded by Ethy Mbhalati's 3 for 18, they sent the home side packing for 135 in 19.1 overs. The Dolphins crashed to 49 for 5 in reply before Pierre de Bruyn (29) and Daryn Smit (36) dragged them back into the game with a stand of 60. But the Titans turned the tide conclusively when Faf du Plessis had Smit brilliantly caught on the midwicket boundary and Albie Morkel bowled de Bruyn.
Telford Vice is a writer with the MWP media agency in South Africa