Titans 269 (Morkel 79) and 11 for 0 require another 367 runs to beat Dolphins 176 and 470 (Watson 103, Benkenstein 151, Steyn 5-124)
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In contrast to yesterday, the fourth day of the SuperSport Series Final started in overcast conditions that cleared into almost perfect weather. Dale Benkenstein, scoring 151, took the Dolphins into a very strong position with an excellent innings, mixing patience and aggression, after Doug Watson had done the initial groundwork with an innings of equal quality of 103.
Dale Steyn got the Titans very excited in the early overcast conditions, but once the sun came out and the pitch flattened out the patience of the Dolphins batsmen gained the upper hand. As the runs flowed from Benkenstein's bat, who also went past the 8,000 first-class career runs, the shoulders of the Titans dropped and crucial catches and fielding mistakes followed. Benkenstein gave chances on 88 and 140 but by then the damage had been done. A run-a-ball 33 from Mornatau Hayward followed and the Titans were 470 when Steyn took his fifth wicket to end the innings.
With a target of 378 and the light failing quickly the Titans batted out the final 4.2 overs to end the day on 11 without loss and face a hard day at the crease tomorrow on the fifth and final day.
Keith Lane works for Cricinfo in South Africa