RAM Slam T20:Wiese, Behardien power Titans to victory
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Friday, 22 March 2013

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Farhaan Behardien and David Wiese propelled the Nashua Titans to a 4-wicket win against the Sunfoil Dolphins in the RAM SLAM T20 CHALLENGE clash thanks to an extraordinary assault in the final three overs at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.

The Dolphins won the toss, elected to bat and managed 143 for five.

The Titans finished with 145 for six after 18.5 overs.

The Titans looked down the barrel on 90 for five at the end of fifteen overs after the left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj had the top-order in disarray with his 2-13 in four overs.

But Wiese blasted the Titans to victory by smashing 27 runs off only eight balls.

That included three straight sixes in the penultimate over, bowled by Mthokozisi Shezi.

Wiese and Behardien hammered 20 runs in the first five deliveries of that penultimate over to propel the hosts to a win that edged them closer to a place in the semi-finals.

Behardien finished with 34 off 25 balls, with one four and two sixes.

Earlier, Henry Davids had the Titans off to a flyer with three sixes and a splendid 26 off only fourteen balls.

But Kyle Abbott and Maharaj applied the brakes in splendid fashion.>

Maharaj removed Roelof van der Merwe and the dangerous Scott Styris, while Abbott took 1-23 in three overs.

Albie Morkel and Behardien started the desperate pursuit for 54 runs for a win off the final five overs by depositing Ravi Bopara for 21 runs in the sixteenth over.

But when Abdulla removed Morkel for 15 in the seventeenth over, the Titans still needed 29 runs off 18 balls. Wiese made light work of the chase with his superb cameo.

With this win, the Titans stay in second place on the log with 22 points after nine matches.

Cody Chetty and Bopara added 47 runs in 5.2 overs for the third wicket in the Dolphins-innings to put the visitors in a strong position on 101 for two after thirteen overs.

Chetty scored 46 off 28 balls, including six fours and a six.

The Dolphins lost their way as Morkel, who captured 1-21 in four overs, and Scott Styris, who finished with 1-16, reduced them to 118 for five after seventeen overs.

David Miller lifted them to 143 for five with his brisk 25 off 24 balls, that included two boundaries.

Van der Merwe, with 2-21 in three overs, excelled with the ball.

The Dolphins is out of the title-race after their four-wicket loss.


Nashua Titans: Henry Davids (capt), Jacques Rudolph, Roelof van der Merwe, Mangaliso Mosehle, Scott Styris, Farhaan Behardien, Albie Morkel, David Wiese, Eden Links, Morne Morkel,   Alfonso Thomas

Sunfoil Dolphins: Daryn Smit (capt), Divan van Wyk, Cameron Delport,  David Miller, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty, Ravi Bopara, Keshav Maharaj, Mthokozisi Shezi, Yusuf Abdulla, Kyle Abbott.


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