Highveld Lions beat Titans to win South African T20 Challenge

Highveld Lions © Getty Images (File photo)

Johannesburg: Apr 8, 2013

Highveld Lions turned the tables on the Titans on Sunday to win the South African Twenty20 Challenge final by 30 runs at the Wanderers.

The Titans won the decider between the same franchises last season and entered this final as favourites after a recent run of mini-league phase victories, including a narrow one over the Lions.

After the Lions posted 155/5 off 20 overs with young Quinton de Kock (44) and veteran Neil McKenzie (39) the main contributors to the total, many supporters at the Wanderers feared it might not be sufficient for success.

The Titans started superbly and reached 40 without loss within four overs, but the run rate slowed and the wickets started to fall with only Herschelle Gibbs (22) and David Wiese (21) making meaningful knocks.

Chris Morris, Sohail Tanvir, Aaron Phangiso, Hardus Viljoen and Imran Tahir took two wickets each for the Lions, who celebrated wildly when the last wicket was captured.

Both finalists qualify for the lucrative Champions League T20 2013 with the Lions hoping to go one step further this year after losing the last final by 10 wickets to the Australian Sydney Sixers at the Wanderers.