Cape Town - A
brutal display of power-hitting by Albie Morkel and AB de Villiers
helped the defending champions Titans begin their RAM SLAM T20
Challenge with a destructive
eight-wicket Duckworth/Lewis victory over the Highveld Lions in
Centurion on Sunday.
pair both scored at a strike of over 250 as the hosts chased down a
revised target of 135 in only 11.2 overs to win with a bonus point at
Villiers reached his 38th career half-century with a six from what
proved to be the last ball of the match as he ended on 50 (19 balls, 3
fours, 5 sixes).
Morkel finished not out on 41 off 16 deliveries after also clubbing
five maximums, with the pair adding a match-winning 85 in 5.1 overs for
partnership after Quinton de Kock (39) had given them a flying start.
Earlier, the skipper also starred with the ball by taking an outstanding three for 12 in three overs.
the only thing that did not go Morkel's way was the toss, which he
lost, but his bowlers were mainly disciplined to ensure the visitors
were restricted to 127
for six in the 15 overs they batted.
Reeza Hendricks managed a contribution of note after he made an
unbeaten 67 (42 balls, 8 fours, 2 sixes) - the 14th 50 of his career.
But a lack of support proved crucial as the Lions fell to a heavy loss.