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Albie Morkel’s 81 sets up easy Titans win

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Albie Morkel's 81 ensured a comprehensive win for Titans.

Albie Morkel’s 81 ensured a complete win for Titans. © Getty

He would possibly no longer have had an ideal time out within the Ram Slam T20 event lately however Albie Morkel roared again to shape with a match-winning 81 in opposition to Lions to arrange Titans’ 2d successive win in South Africa’s home One-Day Cup. The skipper got here in at a reasonably tough scenario on Wednesday (January Three) together with his crew 4 down through the 25th over, and was once the closing guy brushed aside within the 48th over of the Titans’ innings as they completed with 264 runs.

Morkel would not have expected enjoying a larger position particularly since Heino Kuhn and Andrea Agathangelou began off in a favorable type including 43 runs within the first seven overs. Even if Kuhn and Rivaldo Moonsamy have been brushed aside in fast periods, Heinrich Klaasen ensured the run charge did not dip as he added 55 for the 3rd wicket with Agathangelou, who ended up scoring a half-century. However with each batsmen perishing inside a duration of 5 overs, Morkel had a rebuilding task to hand.

He was once first of all sluggish initially, scoring four off 14 deliveries, however then stepped at the accelerator through fetching a 4 and a six off successive overs. Simply when issues looked to be on the right track for the Titans, Reeza Hendricks made a the most important step forward through eliminating Farhaan Behardien for 29. Despite the fact that David Wiese hung in for a little, with Morkel doing many of the harm, Titans crumbled after the right-hander become Dwaine Pretorius’s 2d sufferer within the day. Beuran Hendricks then seized the chance to wash up the tail because the Lions went into the innings smash in a buoyant temper.

Lions’ hopes although took an enormous hit as early as in the second one over of the chase when skipper Stephen Cook dinner was once agonisingly run out for 11. Titans by no means allowed the opposition to calm down as wickets saved falling at common periods. Tabraiz Shamsi made two the most important incisions to go away them reeling at 91 for four after 20 overs.

They staged a mini restoration when Pretorius and Rassie van der Dussen placed on a 61-run affiliation to restore hopes of a victory however Shamsi got here again once more to entice the previous leg-before-wicket. With 1/2 the facet again within the pavilion and over 100 runs nonetheless wanted for victory, Lions began to sink rapid. Junior Dala made a multitude of the Lions’ tail however were given hammered in opposition to the tip through Bjorn Fortuin for 4 barriers in one over. Any hopes of a miracle have been beaten through Malusi Siboto, who breached thru Fortuin’s defence to present his facet a 32-run win.

Transient scores: Titans 264 in 47.Three overs (Albie Morkel 81, Andrea Agathangelou 68; Beuran Hendricks Five-49, Dwaine Pretorius 2-46) beat Lions 232 in 48.Five overs (Rassie van der Dussen 49, Dwaine Pretorius 33; Malusi Siboto Three-30, Tabraiz Shamsi Three-40) through 32 runs.

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Updated: January 3, 2018 — 7:54 pm

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