An exciting match between Warriors and Dolphins in the 6th match of CSA T20 Challenge 2021 was held on Sunday (February 21) afternoon at Kingsmead Cricket Ground (Durban). The Dolphins beat their opponent, Warriors by 3 runs in a rain-interrupted match.
Warriors captain Sinethemba Qeshile won the toss and elected to bat and sent the Dolphins to field first.
The Warriors batsmen could not score fast due to the pressure of the Dolphins’ bowlers. They had to play the T20 match in the style of ODIs. So, they could manage to score 36 runs losing one wicket in six overs of power play. The Warriors were able to score 143 runs for the loss of five wickets at the end of 20 overs & the courtesy goes to the captain Sinethemba Qeshile. He played an inning of 47 runs off 38 balls with 4 fours. Ottniel Baartman (2-31, 4 overs) was the highest wicket-taker for the Dolphins.
Coming down to bat for the target of 144, Dolphins openers Keegan Petersen and Sarel Erwee scored 92 runs in the first 12 overs without losing a wicket. Sarel Erwee picked up his fifty playing 34 deliveries with a six off Tshepo Ntuli between mid-wicket and long-on. He then got out and returned to the pavilion and another batsman Keegan Petersen picked up his fifty. When 16 runs from 12 balls were needed to win and there were eight wickets in hand, just then the match was interrupted by rain. After that, not a single ball was bowled on the pitch. Later, in the DLS method, the Dolphins got their desired victory staying ahead by 3 runs per over. Keegan Petersen (58*) and Sarel Erwee (52) scored well for the team. Ayabulela Gqamane (1-15, 3 overs) was the best performer for the Warriors with the ball.
The Dolphins have won the third match in a row and are at the top of the points table. The Warriors, on the other hand, are fourth in the points table with their second consecutive defeat.
Warriors – Gihahn Cloete, JJ Smuts, Sinethemba Qeshile (c & wk), Triston Stubbs, Marco Marais, Lesiba Ngoepe, Ayabulela Gqamane, Anrich Nortje, Lizo Makosi, Marco Jansen, Tshepo Ntuli
Dolphins – Sarel Erwee, Senuran Muthusamy, Khaya Zondo, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Keegan Petersen, David Miller, Robbie Frylinck, Prenelan Subrayen, Ottniel Baartman, Keshav Maharaj (c), Kerwin Mungroo
Warriors – 143/5 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Gihahn, 4.2 over), 2-47 (Marco, 7.5 over), 3-47 (Ngoepe, 8.1 over), 4-118 (Smuts, 17.2 over), 5-125 (Ayabulela, 18.2 over)
Dolphins – 128/2 (18)
Fall of wickets: 1-92 (Erwee, 12.1 over), 2-103 (Muthusamy, 14.1 over)
Result – Dolphins won by 3 runs (DLS method)
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