David Miller struck form on his return to the Dolphins before Prenelan Subrayen claimed career-best figures to prevent an Albie Morkel-inspired Titans from chasing a tall total in the Ram Slam T20 clash at SuperSport Park.
Having endured a tough time with the Proteas in India, where his top score in six innings was 33, Miller was back to his destructive best as he smashed 62 not out from just 32 balls to power the Dolphins to 179-4.
With the Titans limping to the halfway point of their innings on 67-4 a one-sided game looked to be on the cards, only for Morkel to slam seven sixes in a score of 67 from 34 balls.
However, the fact that he had no support from the other end because of Subrayen’s four scalps ultimately made the difference, leaving the Titans to finish on 173 for eight and give the Dolphins a six-run win.
Rassie van der Dussen made the most of the life granted to him by the Cape Cobras to carry the Highveld Lions to a seven-wicket victory in the second game of a double-header at Newlands on Sunday.
Van der Dussen was dropped on five by Andrew Puttick off the bowling of Wayne Parnell as the Lions chased a target of 124 in 18 overs, and went on to score 55.
Although the 26-year-old was finally caught at wide long-on attempting to hit the winning runs, Dwaine Pretorius (24 not out) carved the next delivery to the boundary to win the game with eight balls to spare.
The Cobras started the game like a house on fire, with Richard Levi and Puttick putting on 52 in the opening five overs, but after Levi was caught on the fence for 22, things fell apart quickly.
In the next over, Aaron Phangiso dismissed Puttick for 30 and Justin Ontong for a duck, in between which Omphile Ramela was run out.
That left the Cobras on 55-4 when rain stopped play at the end of the seventh over, forcing them to rebuild their innings in difficult conditions after the game had been reduced to 18 overs per side.
With wickets continuing to fall at the other end Kieron Pollard was forced to take the patient approach, and ended up with just 29 not out from 34 deliveries as the Cobras finished on 125-8.
The target was adjusted down by the Duckworth-Lewis Method, and the Cobras needed a disciplined showing in the field if they were to defend it.
Instead Van der Dussen’s edge was put down by Puttick, Alviro Petersen was dropped by Robin Peterson, and the Cobras generally looked out of sorts in the field.
That proved costly as the right-hander went on to hit three sixes and two fours in a 48-ball innings, and found solid support from Devon Conway (24), Petersen (15) and Pretorius.
Andrew Birch clinched a victory that the Warriors had threatened to throw away as their Ram Slam opener against the Knights at Newlands went down to a Super Over.
Colin Ingram’s unbeaten half-century should have given the Warriors a straight-forward victory in a rain-shortened affair, but he saw his side concede 39 runs in the last two overs to allow a dramatic tie.
Birch had not been given the opportunity to defend 22 in the last over, but he was handed the ball for the Super Over and immediately dismissed the Knights’ loan players, Ryan McLaren and Theunis de Bruyn, to leave the Warriors needing just one run.
Ingram duly hit the second ball from Dillon du Preez for four, ensuring that the Warriors walked away with the points.