Durban - The Dolphins ripped out 14 wickets
on a frenetic third day to move to the brink of a big victory over the Titans in their Sunfoil Series clash at Kingsmead on
Kyle Abbott and Craig Alexander each
claimed three wickets as the Titans were bowled out for 208 to concede a
300-run deficit on first innings, and then picked up two more apiece as the
Titans were forced to follow on.
The visitors will now go into the final day
on 175/7 in their second dig, still needing 125 runs to make the
Dolphins bat again.
The Titans began the third day on 107/3 in their first innings, but lost five wickets in a disastrous first
Roelof van der Merwe had added just two
runs to his overnight score of nine when he was bowled by Abbott, who went on
to have Mangaliso Mosehle caught behind in his next over.
With David Wiese caught off the bowling of
Alexander the Titans had lost three wickets for 13 runs in 22 balls, and it
wasn’t long before Shaun von Berg fell to Keshav Maharaj.
Farhaan Behardien had scored freely
throughout after resuming on his overnight score of 22, but he was dismissed by
Alexander for 96 from just 156 balls shortly before the lunch break to leave
the tail fully exposed.
The Dolphins wrapped up the tail shortly
after the interval before sticking the Titans back in, and it wasn’t long
before Abbott and Maharaj had accounted for Heino Kuhn and Henry Davids
Behardien managed just 20 in his second
knock before he was stumped off the bowling of Maharaj, while Theunis de Bruyn
was guilty of failing to convert when he was caught behind for 77 off the
bowling of Ryan McLaren.
Van der Merwe made a similar mistake to De
Bruyn as he got to 40 and then got out to Abbott, before Alexander picked up
the wickets of Mosehle and Von Berg late in the day.
Wiese (five) and Marchant de Lange (two)
will be the batsmen responsible for taking the game as deep as possible when
play resumes on Tuesday morning.
Abbott returned the best figures of the
game so far, picking up 3-45 in the first innings and 2-26 in the
second, while Alexander has a combined 5-114.