Sunday Tribune

Dolphins in thriller against Titans

- SAPA at Centurion

THE Supersport Series match between the Titans and the Dolphins at Supersport Park appeared headed for an exciting finish after the Titans ended the third day’s play yesterday on 187-7 in their second innings, for an overall lead of 214.

The Titans needed just over 20 minutes yesterday morning to wrap up the Dolphins innings, with the visitors all out for 288. Dale Steyn took four wickets for 30 runs and Ethy Mbhalati and Morne Morkel two each.

But the Dolphins struck back immediatel­y, with the Titans tottering on 14-3 after 12 overs. The hosts went to lunch on 42 for three, but Faf du Plessis and Farhaan Behardien did much to restore some stability with a partnershi­p of 50 runs off 116 balls before Johan Louw trapped Behardien leg before for 12.

Du Plessis then shared a fifth wicket partnershi­p of 79 with Albie Morkel.

They appeared to be taking the Titans into a strong position until Louw claimed his third wicket of the day, with Morkel caught by Andrew Hall for 46.

Du Plessis’ 11th first-class half-century came up off 135 balls and included just three boundaries, but he was playing an important anchor role for the home side.

He and Mangaliso Mosehle put on 40 runs together, but their partnershi­p ended when Mosehle was run out for 18 by some deft fielding from Quinton Friend and Cameron Delport, who was standing in as wicket-keeper.

Two balls later, Du Plessis was caught by Delport off Daryn Smit, who had handed over the wicket-keeping gloves so that he could turn his arm.

Du Plessis made 73 off 213 deliveries.

At close of play, Morne Morkel and Paul Harris were both not out on one, and from a reasonably strong position, the Titans were down to their tailenders.

Play was called off early because of bad light, and will start half an hour early today.

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