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CSA T20 Challenge Final Match Report: Titans vs Dolphins
- The Momentum Multiply Titans are the new champions of the CSA T20 Challenge
- They defeated the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in an entertaining final at the JB Marks Stadium in Potchefstroom
- The men from northern Gauteng were full value for their win, having lost just one match all tournament
The Momentum Multiply Titans are the king of the Twenty20 cricket hill in South Africa.
The men from northern Gauteng accounted for KwaZulu-Natal's Hollywoodbets Dolphins in the final of the CSA T20 Challenge at the JB Marks Stadium in Potchefstroom, North West. Set a target of 163 for victory, they got to 165 for the loss of six wickets, sealing a four-wicket win.
On the way to the title, the Titans lost just once, displaying how truly dominant they were.
Chasing a competitive 163, the Titans slumped to 98/5 at the end of the 14th over as injured Dolphins skipper Prenelan Subrayen (1/25) and Jon-Jon Smuts (2/25) once again illustrated how important the tweakers have been in this tournament.
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But they fell into the trap again of not containing Donovan Ferreira, who lashed three fours and a six in a crucial 40 off 25 deliveries, and found a perfect ally in Dayaan Galiem, whose nifty, unbeaten 32 capped an outstanding all-round day for the all-rounder, who also boasted fine figures of 1/18 off three.
In the end, the Dolphins would've rued using the expensive Ottneil Baartman for the final over rather than Smuts, who had an over left in the bank
Earlier, Smuts and a revitalised Keegan Petersen shared a second-wicket stand of 115 as the Dolphins put themselves on track for a decent total
Petersen was particularly dynamic in hitting two sixes off his 52-ball 63, while Smuts was as powerful as ever in his 69 off 50, in the process passing 4 000 T20 runs.
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While Jason Smith's cameo at the end ensured a challenging target, there's an interesting debate to be had whether the Durbanites perhaps wasted their platform to an extent.
That didn't seem to matter much after the short ball accounted for Dewald Brevis in the second over and led to the Titans struggling to gain the ascendancy in the chase.
But Ferreira and Galiem had other plans.
Full scorecard here.
South African cricket superstar copies Cristiano Ronaldo’s 'peace of mind' celebration
South African cricket star Wayne Parnell has been spotted copying Cristiano Ronaldo's peace of mind celebration and his action has gone viral on internet.
The 33-year-old celebrated the dismissal of dangerman Suryakumar Yadav in the Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup against India at Perth on Sunday, 30 October.
After India's top order was rattled by South Africa's pace attack, Suryakumar Yadav single-handedly powered ahead and made 68 from 40 deliveries before being dismissed by Parnell.
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Breathing a sigh of relief after taking the wicket of India's lone standing batsman, Parnell was seen copying Ronaldo's new 'peace of mind' celebration.
Ronaldo is known for his Siuu celebration, but the Portugal international recently changed that while playing for Manchester United.