Shaky s tart sees Tit ans on the backfoot
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.