Rudolph leads Titans to victory

Titans 117 for 4 (Rudolph 49, Hendricks 2-21) beat Cape Cobras 116 for 4 (Vilas 59*, Morkel, 2-14, Mbhalati 2-15) by 6 wicketsScorecard

Jacques Rudolph missed a half-century but his 49 helped Titans beat Cape Cobras by six wickets to move to second place in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge in Benoni. Chasing 117, Titans lost opener Tumelo Bodibe in the second over when he was bowled by Beuran Hendricks, but Rudolph held one end and steered the chase comfortably. He added 42 runs with Roelof van der Merwe for the second wicket and 35 for the third before being dismissed by Azhar Mahmood. Another wicket fell soon after, but Albie Morkel and David Weise completed the chase with eight balls to spare.

Cobras, who were put into bat, didn't start well. they lost both their openers for just 14 on the board inside five overs. Their run-rate remained slow as Morkel and Ethy Mbhalati bowled economical spells and picked up two wickets each. It was only due to a late charge from Wicketkeeper-captain Dane Vilas, who scored an unbeaten 59 off 44 balls, that Cobras were able to cross the 100-mark.

Alfonso Thomas, the Titans captain, admitted later that it was a good toss to win on a pitch that was sticky and two-paced.

Titans 2nd innings Partnerships

1st15JA RudolphTM Bodibe
2nd42JA RudolphRE van der Merwe
3rd35M van JaarsveldJA Rudolph
4th11M van JaarsveldJA Morkel
5th14JA MorkelD Wiese