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Cricket | Momentum One-Day Cup 2018/19

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Phehlukwayo, Frylinck star in Dolphins victory

The Dolphins completed a sensational turnaround to beat the Titans by 12 runs in their Momentum One Day Cup clash at Centurion on Sunday.

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There was only one winner with five overs left. Needing 33 off the last 30 balls and with seven wickets in hand, the Titans were on course to complete another superb run-chase.

But what followed was the loss of four wickets in just 11 balls. They were suddenly left needing 23 runs from the final two overs, and the Dolphins held their nerve to complete their second victory in as many matches.

It looked like the disappointment of finishing last in the four-day series was going to be quickly forgotten by the Titans, especially on the back of their dominant, nine-wicket victory against the Knights last week.

But while they were expected to complete another run-chase, it was the Dolphins to defend another total.

The Dolphins, who won their opener by 19 runs against the Lions, posted a competitive total, but appeared to be lacking a strike bowler capable of troubling the Titans top-order.

The Titans had that in Lungi Ngidi, whose 4-47 proved instrumental in ending several key partnerships. He took the first wicket of the dangerous and experienced Vaughn van Jaarsveld for 27, before removing Andile Phehlukwayo and Senuran Muthusamy at the death for 69 and 43 respectively.

That allowed the spinners to go about their work in the middle overs, with Tabraiz Shamsi removing Morne van Wyk for 30, before 39-year-old Henry Davids saw off Dane Vilas and David Miller for 54 and 47 respectively.

Considering their top four scored 279 runs between them last time out, the Titans bowlers did well to contain them.

The visitors have Phehlukwayo and Muthusamy to thank for turning an average total into a good one, as their 111-run stand, off just 12.3 overs, lifted them past 300.

It was Phehlukwayo's joint-highest score, after achieving the same total for the Proteas against Pakistan in January.

Just like that one in national colours, this one proved to be a match-winning one.

Titans opener Tony de Zorzi hasn't been in the best form of late, but he's turned that around dramatically. He followed up his career-best 115 not out against the Lions with a brisk 89 against the Dolphins. His 61-run stand with Davids (22) ensured they got the good start they wanted.

When Davids departed, more quality came in, with Theunis de Bruyn forming a 114-run stand with De Zorzi. Imran Tahir accounted for De Zorzi before Prenelen Subrayen saw off De Bruyn for 79, meaning there was still quite a bit of work left to do for the Titans with 83 runs still required off 12.3 overs.

Heino Kuhn and Heinrich Klaasen went about picking off the remaining runs with relative ease as they built up a 55-run stand. But when Subrayen saw off Klaasen for 32, it all fell apart.

Phehlukwayo backed up his performance with the bat with some clever death bowling. Not only did he conceded just two runs in the 47th over, but the pressure got the better of Heino Kuhn, as he was run out by Khaya Zondo for 47.

The capitulation continued in the 48th over as Frylinck struck twice in as many balls. Chris Morris fell for three, before Farhaan Behardien was bowled for a duck.

280-3 became 284-7, and the bewildered tail couldn't do anything to repair the damage. Needing 18 runs off the last over, Frylinck fittingly took a wicket and conceded just five runs to finish with figures of 4-53.

The victory sends the Dolphins to the top of the pile with their perfect record, while the Titans will have to pick themselves up against the Lions on the 27th.

MULTIPLY TITANS: Henry Davids, Tony de Zorzi, Theunis de Bruyn, Heino Kuhn, Heinrich Klaasen (capt & wk), Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Junior Dala, Shaun von Berg, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS:Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Morne van Wyk, Dane Vilas (wk), David Miller, Khaya Zondo (capt), Andile Phehlukwayo, Senuran Muthusamy, Robbie Frylinck, Prenelan Subrayen, Imran Tahir, Mthokozisi Shezi


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