Bumperday of T20 at Wanderers

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

A bumper day of cricket at the Wanderers resulted in a haul of 1 081 runs from the three Ram Slam T20 fixtures played at the venue on Sunday.

The record for the highest score in the competition was broken twice with the previous mark of 199 passed by both the Knights and the Cobras as they scored victories in their matches against the Warriors and Titans respectively.

Meanwhile, he Highveld Lions scored a six-wicket win with seven balls to spare over the Dolphins, the defending champions.

Arguably the most entertaining encounter of the day was the clash between the Cobras and the Titans and the Cape franchise snatched victory from an unlikely scenario after the opening partnership of 151 between Henry Davids and Dean Elgar set it up for the Pretoria outfit.

But three wickets from international signing Kieron Pollard, who scored 72 off 36 balls and then claimed 3/22, changed the complexion of the game and helped the Cobras to a 14-run win.

“I thought they put us under pressure from the start. In this form of the game it’s only an over or two away and I though towards the end we executed our skills very well. I think Kieron got us into the game, he bowled intelligently and then the rest of the guys just nailed their death bowling,” winning captain Justin Ontong said afterwards.

Elgar and Titans skipper Davids had put their side into a comfortable position in their reply to the 207/5 set by the Cobras but wickets at crucial moments halted their momentum.

“Myself and Dean had a great partnership and one of us needed to go through and I think we would have won it easy.”

“We lost wickets. We lost wickets we didn’t need to lose. Myself and Dean should have taken more responsibility. For guys coming in it’s not easy, doesn’t matter who you are, to go at 11 runs an over. Some times you come off, most times you won’t.

“With this format you’re never out of the game, even if the other team is cruising. If you get a couple of wickets, things change very quickly. All of a sudden the batting team is under pressure.”

“It would have been easier if one of us had gone through to the 18th over with one of our power hitters in the back,” Davids said reflecting on the outcome.

The match was a clear example that the format allows teams to pull off victory from unlikely scenarios, a sentiment that Ontong agreed with.

“In this form of the game you need to stay in the game all the time. Every ball is an event,” he said.




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