• Mashimbyi wants Titans to bounce back quickly

    Titans assistant coach Mandla Mashimbyi is determined to recover from Wednesday’s CSA T20 Challenge defeat to the Cape Cobras at Boland Park in Paarl, come Friday’s fixture against the Knights at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

    The loss to the Cobras left the Titans in fourth position in the 2019 tournament’s six-team standings – and still in contention for a semi-final berth. They will also face the Lions in Centurion on Sunday.

    ‘We were not happy with what happened on Wednesday, and hope to bounce back. There’re still eight points on offer, so that has to be what we focus on,’ said Mashimbyi.

    ‘The most important game now is Friday and we can’t be looking anywhere else. We have to make sure we cross the line with that one and then look ahead to the weekend after that. Hopefully, we’ll be able to win both games and go into the play-offs with a bit of momentum behind us.

    ‘We love playing at SuperSport Park. We just have to make sure we plan accordingly and make sure we execute. We also need to make sure we play the key moments better.

    ‘I don’t think we did that on Wednesday in Paarl, which meant we put ourselves under pressure, and that ultimately came back to bite us. It’s an area we need to work on. Hopefully we learn from it and cover all bases come Friday.’

    Cricket South Africa, meanwhile, has confirmed that both semi-finals will be contested on 1 May.

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