David Miller smashed as many as sixes in his innings of not out © Getty Images (File photo)
Feb 6, 2014
David Miller‘s blitzkrieg and Cameron Delport‘s 34 helped Dolphins set a daunting target of 201 against Titans in their Ram Slam T20 Challenge semi-final at Kingsmead, Durban on Thursday.
Asked to bat after losing the toss, Dolphins recovered well from 80 for four to post 200/4 from their allotted 20 overs. Miller swatted as many as nine sixes and six boundaries to score a rapid 93 not out off just 37 balls, putting his side in command against the Titans. It was his knock that helped Dolphins recover from a spot of bother in the semi-final clash.
Titans started off on a positive note with their opener Cameron Delport opening up in the second over of the match, as the left-handed batsman smashed three boundaries off Ethy Mbhalati to start off the proceedings.
Morne van Wyk joined his partner soon, as he cracked two boundaries off seasoned Dolphins’ campaigner Albie Morkel.
However, the Delport was lucky when Mbhalati spilled an easy chance off David Wiese in the fourth over at mid-off.
Morne van Wyk’s stay at the crease was ended by Titans’ skipper Henry Davids, who had him caught by Heino Kuhn for 21 off 20 balls. Van Wyk smashed three boundaries during his stay at the crease.
Cody Chetty, who came to bat after van Wyk’s dismissal, continued his good form with the bat this season. The right-handed batsman started off with couple of singles, but his stay at the crease was ended when he was cleaned up by David Wiese for 13.
David Miller walked in during the 10th over of the game, but runs dried up for the Dolphins. Soon, in the 12th over, Delport went for a switch-hit off Saeed Ajmal and he was caught at the deep square-leg region.
Daryn Smit failed to make a mark as well, as he was dismissed by Albie Morkel for one in the 13th over of the match.
Miller and van Jaarsveld added as many as 120 runs over seven overs to take their side past the 200-run mark.
Miller’s onslaught took the opposition by surprise as the left-handed smashed everything that was in his zone, out of the park. The 18th over of the innings was the costliest, as Roelof van der Merwe was smashed for five sixes and one boundary.
Dolphins 200 for 4 in 20 overs (Cameron Delport 34, David Miller 93*, Vaughn van Jaarsveld 22*; Albie Morkel 1 for 27) vs Titans
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