Ram Slam T20 2014: Cobras beat Titans in high scoring thriller
On the opening day of the Ram Slam Challenge 2014, the 2nd game of tournament, Cobras faced with Titans in the game where over 400 runs were scored and Cobras, the last year runnerups’ turned out to gain a upper hand over the game.
After winning the toss, the Titans decided to bowl. Instead of holding grip over the oppsition batsmen, they ended watching Levi’s onslaught as he stromed to a 81 off 34 balls before Elgar sent him caught and bowl. However, Cobras lost the useful momentum lossing quick wickets but with Pollard at crease, they looked a bit comfortable. He put on 65 off 39 balls for 5th wicket with Vilas and later an unbeaten 42 off 22 balls with Engelbrecht and he remained unbeaten with a 36-ball 72 powering his team to a total of 207 for 5.
Later in their chase of 206, Titans openers started in an emphatic way. Both openers’ Davids and Elgar getting on to 72 off 48 balls and later got out to Pollard before sharing an opening stand off 151 off 89 balls. From a stage of needing to score 57 off just 32 balls, Pollard sent back both the openers and as well as Sammy to bring Cobras right back into the game. With pressure of runs increased, Titans failed to chase the score down to fell short of target.
Cobras: 207 for 5 in 20 overs (RE Levi 84, KA Pollard 72*; D Elgar 3/20, JP de Villiers 2/40) beat Titans: 193 for 4 in 20 overs (H Davids 72, D Elgar 72; KA Pollard 3/22, D Paterson 1/28) by 14 runs
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Ram Slam T20 2014: Lions beat Dolphins thanks to a Chris Gayle show
Defending champions Dolphins started the season with a loss as Chris Gayle‘s all rounder show helped Lions to get off the mark in points tally with a comfortable win.
After winning the toss, Dolphins wanted to bat. However, they didn’t get the start they wanted. They lost their openers cheaply. But Chetty and Van Jaarsveld put on a brisk stand to take Dolphins to a big total. But, Gayle broke through the partnership and took figures of 4 for 36 by cleaning up the middle order of Dolphins. However, the visitors managed to end up with 172/9 on board.
In the chase of 173, Lions lost three quick wickets and were reduced to 36 for 3. But the Gayle and Symes’ stand for fourth wicket pulled up things for Lions as they were cruising to win. The both left handers shared a stand of 89 before Gayle departed. However, Symes finished it with help of Tsolekie.
Lions: 173 for 4 in 18.5 overs (J Symes 58*, CH Gayle 56; P Subrayen 1/25, CJ Alexander 1/25) beat Dolphins: 172 for 9 in 20 overs (C Chetty 60, VB van Jaarsveld 40; CH Gayle 4/36, GC Viljoen 1/28) by 14 runs
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