Lions and Titans faced off in the 8th match of the CSA T20 Challenge 2021 at the Kingsmead (Durban) on Monday night, February 22. In this rain-interrupted match, the Lions got a great victory of 18 runs against their opponent Titans.
Lions captain Temba Bavuma decided to bat after winning the toss and sent the Titans to the field first.
The Lions batsmen started batting defensively while coming to bat first. At the end of the six overs of the power play, they scored 32 runs losing one wicket. But then they focused on increasing the speed of the run. As a result, they scored 27 runs without losing any wicket in the next 2 overs. The bowlers were picking up wickets but the batsmen were picking up runs as well. The rain started while the score was 124 for 4 in 16.2 overs. Due to which not a single ball was bowled in the 1st innings. Later in the DLS system, the target for the Titans was 131 runs in 15 overs. Reeza Hendricks (39) and Van der Dussen (37*) scored well for the Lions. Simon Harmer, Lungi Ngidi, Lizaad Williams, and Jr. Dala took one wicket each for the Titans.
Coming down to chase, The Titans’ batsmen were failing to score runs as the Lions bowlers were bowling well from the very beginning. They lost three wickets for 41 runs at the end of six overs. Then the situation got worse for them. At the end of the next three overs, their scoreboard stood at 56 for six. They could not return to the match because of the failure of the batsmen. As a result, the innings of the Titans stopped scoring 112 runs for 8 wickets in 15 overs. Junior Dala (21) scored the highest run for the team. Beuran Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin, and Dwaine Pretorius each took two wickets for the Lions.
The Lions have moved up to second place in the points table after winning this match. The Titans lost for the first time in the tournament and dropped to third place in the points table on the other hand.
Lions – Ryan Rickelton (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Delano Potgieter, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin, Aaron Phangiso, Sisanda Magala, Kagiso Rabada,
Titans – Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen (c & wk), Chris Morris, Henry Davids, Sibonelo Makhanya, Simon Harmer, Lizaad Williams, Tabraiz Shamsi, Junior Dala, Lungi Ngid
Lions – 124/4 (16.2)
Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Rickelton, 3.5 over), 2-65 (Hendricks, 8.4 over), 3-67 (Bavuma, 9.2 over), 4-93 (Pretorius, 12.4 over)
Titans – 112/8 (15)
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Davids, 2.3 over), 2-17 (Markram, 3.1 over), 3-41 (Elgar, 5.6), 4-46 (Klaasen, 6.6 over), 5-51 (Morris, 7.5 over), 6-55 (Makhanya, 8.4 over), 7-94 (Dala, 12.6 over), 8-95 (Harmer, 13.3 over)
Result – Lions won by 18 runs (D/L method)
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