Shaky s tart sees Tit ans on the back­foot

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — F arhaan B ehar­dien and M an­gal­iso M os­ehle, with a sixth­wick et p art­ner­ship of 56, en­abled the Titans to reach 158 for five at stumps on day two of their do­mes­tic f our­day mat ch at the Wan­der­ers y es­ter­day.

The Tit ans’ fir st spell at the crease was shak y fr om the out set. Chas­ing do wn 401 t o mak e the Highveld Lions bat again, they were still trail­ing by 243 runs at the close of play and need­ing 94 runs ot avoid the f ol­low­on.

When the um­pires called time be­cause of b ad light, B ehar­dien w as un­beaten on 45 and Mosehle on 35.

The visit ors c ourted disas ter as early as the sec­ond over, los­ing Dean El­gar ( 4). H eino K uhn ( 0) and Qaasim Adams (8) were dis­missed soon after, and the Tit ans had los t three f or 3 3 within 12 o vers.

Be­har­dien and R oelof v an der Merwe then knuck­led down to put on 55 f or the fifth wick et.

Ear­lier, the Highveld Lions started the sec ond da y on 2 71 f or fi ve, with Thami Tsolek­ile on 19 and Devon Con­way on seven. Tsolek­ile added a fur­ther 12 runs bef ore hol­ing out t o Eth y Mb­ha­lati at fine le g.

Tsolek­ile’s dis­mis sal br ought Chris Mor­ris to the cr ease and t ogether with Con­way they mus­tered 35 runs f or the se venth wick et.

Mor­ris and C onway dep arted within three runs of each othe,rleav­ing Har­dus Viljoen and Kag­iso Rabada t o r ebuild the in­ning s.

Rabada was the last man stand­ing on 48 not out, en­abling the hos ts to pos t a c om­pet­i­tive 401.

In Bloemf on­tein, R udi Sec ond (92 not out) s teered the mat ch in favour of the Knights on day two of their mat ch ag ainst the W ar­riors.

At the close of pla y, the Knights were 286 for eight with a lead of 289 in the sec ond in­ning s.

Sec­ond mar ched t o the mid­dle with the sc ore on 6 8 f or t wo, and at­tempt­ing to avoid his sec­ond duck of the match. But while wick­ets tum­bled around him as the Knights fell to 15 7 f or se ven, Sec ond held his nerve un­til he was joined by Corné Dry ( 40) as the p air put on 6 9 for the eighth wicket. Dry was re­moved by spin­ner Si­mon H armer in the 68th over of the in­nings, leav­ing the War­riors on 226 f or eight.

Quin­ton Friend (30 not out) then joined Sec­ond at the wicket, and the pair put t ogether another hand y lower­or­der part­ner­ship of 6 0, un­beaten at s tumps.

Ear­lier in the da y, the W ar­riors added one t o their o vernight to­tal as the y w ere bo wled out f or 1 37 which gave the Knights a three­run lead in the fir st in­ning s. — S apa.

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