That’s it then at Durban. A David Miller-powered Dolphins unit have rocketed to the final of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge 2014 to face the Cobras. The Titans gave a good fight, but fell well short in the end. Here is the match report.
Kyle Abbott sends Ajmal’s middle stump for a walk, and that’s it. The Dolphins win the semi-final and reach the final of Ram Slam T20 Challenge 2014
OUT! Saeed Ajmal 1(1)
Mosehle goes for one too many, and loses his wicket after an industrious 31. And then Van Buuren departs too. The game is all over now.
OUT! M Mosehle 31(14), Van Buuren 1(3)
Mosehle is trying to wage a lone battle here, but it looks a little too difficult for him. Titans now need 44 from 14 balls.
Mosehle is trying to keep the Titans’ hopes alive. But it’s still a long task ahead of the tail-enders.
THREE WICKETS IN AN OVER. Wiese departs! And then, ALBIE MORKEL is clean bowled. And then, Van der Merwe is caught out. Shezi has made it game.set.match for sure now.
OUT! Albie Morkel 1(2), David Wiese 1(4), Van Der Merwe 4(2)
Big-hitting Morkel replaces Kuhn. But Behardien departs. the Titans still need at around 12 an over. They face a massive task here.
OUT! F Behardien 22(17)
Shezi comes back into the attack and concedes 23 off that over, but gets a wicket. Kuhn departs for 70.
OUT! H Kuhn 76(38)
The Titans have definitely got a move on now. 100 comes up. But still a long way to go. Frylinck completes his third over. Has conceded just 16 runs so far.
Two superb consecutive overs for the Titans here. And some sloppy fielding from Subrayen here. Easy catch dropped. And Kuhn is shifting the gears now. Reaches his 50.
Kuhn is finally breaking the shackles now. 19 off that over.
The spinners are doing a fabulous job for the Dolphins here. The Titans require a Milleresques innings from someone here.
Another spinner brought on now — Khaya Zondo. And he gets the breakthrough. de Bruyn goes back after being stifled for 23 balls. F Behardien is the new man in.
OUT! T de Bruyn 23(23)
50 comes up for the Titans. But the Dolphins are going through their overs real quickly here. Spin from both ends. The Titans chase is being stifled.
Off-spinner, Prenelan Subrayen comes into the attack now. The required rate is running by the ball now.
Kyle Abbott is back into the attack for his second over. The powerplay ends here.The Titans need to get a move on, and fast.
Finally a better over here for the Titans. Nine runs coming off it.
Shezi continues, and what an over, just five off it.
Robert Frylinck replaces Kyle Abbott now. And Davids is gone! Top edges a flick to Abbott at extra cover. Theunis de Bruyn is the new man in.
OUT! H Davids 4(9)
Mthokozisi Shezi opens the bowling alongside Abbott. The Titans are off to a quiet start here. Just one FOUR so far.
Kyle Abbott opens the bowling for the Dolphins. Henry Davids and Heino Kuhn open the batting for the Titans.
And we are back now with the Titans’ chase.
David Miller has completely annihilated the Titans bowling attack in Durban tonight. His 37-ball 93 not out has propelled the Dolphins to 200 for four at the end of their 20 overs. He hit 34 off Van Der Merwe’s 18th over. The Titans managed 129 off their last 10 overs. Miller came in the 12th over, says a lot. Read the innings report here.
Ajmal does bowl the final over. But there is no respite here. FOUR off the first ball. SIX off the second. FOUR off the third. 20 off the final over. The Miller show has deflated the Titans tonight. The Dolphins reach the 200 mark.
Wiese back into the attack now. Should that mean Ajmal will bowl the final over? This turns out be a comparitively better over for the Titans. But the 100-run partnership is up between Miller and Jaarsveld.
Miller gets to his 50 in 26 balls. WHAT AN OVER!!! 6,6,6,4,6,6. Van Der Merwe meets his nightmare. 34 off that over.
Mbhalati comes back into the attack, and starts with a No Ball. Miller hits it for a SIX. And then another SIX off the free hit ball. And Jaarsveld joins the party. Hits the third SIX of the over. It also brings up the 50-run partnership. Mbhalati concedes an expensive over here. 22 off it.
Ajmal bowls his third over here. And David Miller is not being able to hit him. Ajmal concedes just 6 runs.
SIX off the first ball. And that’s the Dolphins’ 100. Four more. A good over for the Dolphins here. 13 off it. David Miller looks settled now. The Titans will be well aware of what he is capable of.
Henry Davids bowls his third over now. David Miller hits a classic cover drive for FOUR. Davids straying down the line, and that costs 4 easy runs here. Expensive over this is turning out to be.
All the Dolphins’ hopes will be pinned on David Miller now. D Smit plays an irresponsible nothing shot, and hands a comfortable catch for Kuhn. Albie Morkel gets his first wicket.
OUT! D Smit 1(3)
Ajmal’s back for his second burst in the match. He is turning it quite a bit. Three dot ball, and then the crucial wicket of Delport. A frustated Delport goes for the reverse sweep, gets a top edge, easy catch for Van Der Merwe.
OUT! C Delport 34(33)
David Wiese come back now for his third over. And gets the breakthrough. Chetty goes for the slog, and loses his middle stump. David Miller is the new man in.
OUT! C Chetty 13(13)
We are half-way through the Dolphins innings now. The Dolphins started off well, but the Titans seem to be crawling back into the contest now. The run rate is a touch over seven.
Van Der Merwe back into the attack now. Quiet over, just 5 off it.
End of the powerplay. And captain Henry Davids brings himself into the attack now. 50 up for the Dolphins. Delport and Van Wyk are doing it easy so far. Van Wyk goes for the big one, but holes out to long-on. Davids gets the breakthrough.
OUT! Morne Van Wyk 21(20)
David Wiese continues from the other end. Grey clouds hanging in the background. And another miss. But what an effort from the man at the square leg boundary. Almost caught it. Was falling over the ropes, threw it in, but couldn’t catch it the next time. Demport replies with another boundary here, off the next ball.
Saeed Ajmal into the attack now. Starts off with a couple of dot balls. Van Wyk sweeps the third one, and it goes for four to fine-leg region. They are milking Ajmal for singles here.
Albie Morkel into the attack now. Starts off well. Two dot balls. Morne Van Wyk tries to pull the third one, gets a top edge but safely reaches the ropes. Another miscued pull, another four.
Delport starts off the second over with a boundary over mid-wicket region, and gets another one off the third ball off Ethy Mbhalati. And another one of the fourth ball. Delport has taken the charge here.
Dolphins end their first over at 3/0. Van der Merwe had a close shout but was turned down.
. Titans have won the toss and elected to field first. Their captain, Henry Davids believes the moisture in the pitch, after heavy rain last night can help his pacers early on. Hello and welcome to the the semi-final of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge 2014 between the Dolphins and the Titans, at Durban. We will be bringing you all the live updates from this penultimate encounter of South Africa’s premier T20 tournament this season. The match got washed out last night due to heavy rain, but one have to credit the administrators for having the sensibility to keep a reserve day. Ideal for the fans! The match starts at 09.30pm IST. The winner of the semi-final will face the Cobras in the final match.