Cape Town - A
mind-boggling 21 wickets fell on the opening day of the Sunfoil Series clash
between the VKB Knights and Unlimited Titans at the Mangaung Oval on Thursday.
teams were bowled out - the visitors first for 141 followed by the hosts for a
paltry 76 - with the Pretoria side then reaching stumps on 20 for one.
Olivier (5-42) and Ethy Mbhalati (5-29) were the chief destroyers for their
respective sides as they grabbed five wickets apiece.
top-of-the-table Titans would have been questioning their own choice to bat
first after winning the toss and slipping to 22 for four. Top-scorer Farhaan
Behardien (34) engineered a slight recovery, before falling on the stroke of
side then looked to be headed for a score closer to 100 after falling to 109
for nine, but a late 32-run 10th-wicket stand, the highest of the innings,
between Marchant de Lange (19) and Tabraiz Shamsi (22) rescued them.
from Olivier's eighth career five-for, Quinton Friend bagged two for 29.
response was even poorer from the home side as they slipped to their second-lowest
total in the franchise era, their lowest score against the Titans and lowest
score ever at the venue.
They started decently enough, and reached 47 for three
at one stage, before David Wiese (3-16) combined with Mbhalati, who notched up
the 11th five-wicket haul of his career, to send the Knights tumbling.
last seven wickets fell for 29 runs and only two batsmen - Rilee Rossouw (17)
and Rudi Second (14) - managed double figures.
Titans tried to be more positive second time around and reached 20, before
Grant Mokoena (14) fell with what proved to be the final delivery of the day.