Proteas wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi’s first appearance for the Titans in almost a month yielded two wickets, but wasn’t enough to prevent defeat to the Lions in Sunday’s CSA T20 Challenge fixture at SuperSport Centurion.
Shamsi, who has been named in the squad for the 2019 World Cup in the United Kingdom next month, dismissed half-centurion Ryan Rickelton and all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius, who suffered a first-ball duck.
World Cup inclusion Rassie van der Dussen and discard Reeza Hendricks, meanwhile, struck 30 not out and 11 respectively as the Lions reached a 149-run target with four wickets intact and six balls to spare.
Van der Dussen’s vigil was particularly key, after the Lions slipped from 96 for one to 117 for five.
All-rounder JP Duminy failed in the Cape Cobras’ five-wicket defeat to the Dolphins at Kingsmead in Durban.
Duminy fell for one and later bowled two wicketless overs, as the Dolphins successfully pursued a 122-run target with 29 deliveries to spare. All-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo went without a wicket and scored three.
No members of the World Cup squad played in the Warriors’ four-wicket triumph over the Knights at Buffalo Park, where seamer Andrew Birch and opener Gihahn Cloete impressed with ball and bat respectively.
The Proteas’ World Cup campaign will start against England at The Oval in London on 30 May.
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