Bloemfontein - Attacking half-centuries from Reeza Hendricks and Rilee Rossouw took the Knights to
the brink of an upset victory against the log-leading Titans at
the Mangaung Oval on Friday.
a challenging final innings 253, the highest score of the game, the hosts
scored at 5.21 runs per over to race to 214/2 at the close - 39 runs shy
of a surprise win.
was unbeaten on a quick-fire 72 off 55 balls, a knock that included 12 fours
and a six, while Hendricks had earlier provided the assured start thanks to his
69 from 88 deliveries. Rudi Second (33) was the other not out batsman and his
stand with Rossouw stood unbroken on 99.
was a dramatic turnaround from the opening day when 21 wickets had fallen,
including the Knights being shot out for just 76, the lowest ever total in the
franchise era at the Bloemfontein venue.
Titans, who made 141 first time around, had started day two on 20 for one and
reached lunch still well placed on 112 for four - an overall lead of 177.
the last six wickets folded for only 66. Duanne Olivier, the star of the first
innings with five for 42, followed that up with three for 39 and a match-haul
of eight wickets, while rookie Mbulelo Budaza bagged three for 26 as the Titans
were blown away in 57.1 overs.
Qaasim Adams managed any runs with a contribution of 69.
was one-way traffic thereafter as the Knights closed in on victory.