Cape Town - A couple of metres proved the
difference between heartbreak and glory as Reeza Hendricks’ pull shot landed in
the hands of square-leg and the Knights fell agonisingly short of their target
in a low-scoring RAM SLAM T20 thriller against The Titans at the Mangaung Oval.
Hendricks had single-handedly kept the
Knights in the chase, hitting 63 from 51 balls to take them to within four runs
of victory, but then holed out to David Wiese off the penultimate ball of the
Shadley van Schalkwyk couldn’t find the
boundary from the final delivery, and so the Knights finished on 127 for seven
to lose by one run and record their fourth defeat from four games in the
On a pitch with variable bounce as well as
sizeable cracks, Albie Morkel showed his adaptability as his unbeaten 46 from
34 balls proved vital in the Titans recovering from 47 for four to post 128 for
After the Knights had won the toss and
elected to bowl, it didn’t take long to see that runs would be hard to come by
in the conditions.
Quinton de Kock was the first to fall when
his leading edge was spectacularly pouched by Andre Russell as he ran back at
mid-on and took it one-handed, and the Titans were in trouble when Shadley van
Schalkwyk dismissed Henry Davids and Mangaliso Mosehle in consecutive overs.
However, Morkel was able to find the
boundary from early on in his innings, and injected some momentum in a 54-run
stand with Farhaan Behardien (24) that gave the Titans something to bowl at.
Siboto and Van Schalkwyk were the pick of
the Knights bowlers, recording combined figures of 4 for 29 in eight overs.
While the Knights managed to keep wickets
in hand up front as they only lost Rudi Second in the first nine overs of their
chase, their inability to score left them with a mountain to climb when they
reached the end of the 11th over on 45 for three.
Russell helped to pull the required rate
back down as he blasted three sixes on his way to 20 from eight balls, before
he became the first of four Wiese victims.
Although Hendricks kept going at one end,
Wiese (4 for 26) chipped away at his partners to keep the pressure on.
The all-rounder was entrusted with the
final over, from which the Knights needed nine to win, and duly held his nerve
to put the Titans in second place on the table ahead of Sunday’s full round of