The Warriors secured a four-run win over the Titans on the DLS method as the rain put a damper on proceedings in Centurion, reports ANITHA MADIKIZELA.
The Warriors won the toss and elected to field first on a belter of a wicket at SuperSport Park. The Titans rocketed to a competitive 216-5 thanks to a scorching half-century from Theunis de Bruyn. Gihahn Cloete was equal to the task during the Warriors’ chase, but unfortunately the rain cut proceedings short.
The entire fixture was a stop-start affair as both rain and lightning regularly interrupted the high-scoring match. De Bruyn starred with the bat in the first innings by smashing 74 off just 38 balls, including four fours and five sizzling sixes at a strike rate of 195.
Cameos from Diego Rosier (37) and Grant Thomson (42 off 18 balls, 4×6) also contributed to the home side’s mammoth first innings, with Lutho Sipamla the pick of the Warriors bowlers with his 2-34 in four overs.
The Warriors eventually began their reduced innings with a revised target of 200 off 18 overs. Cloete took to the opposition bowlers with flair as he struck an unbeaten 46 off 25 deliveries (5×4, 3×6). His 60-run opening partnership alongside Matthew Breetzke powered his side to victory after 6 overs, when they were four runs beyond the DLS par score.
It was at this point that the heavens opened. The rest of the fixture was abandoned and the 26-year-old left-hander claimed the Player of the Match award for his heroics.
RESULT | WEATHER HAS THE FINAL SAY IN CENTURION
The Warriors have won the first match of #CSAT20Challenge at SuperSport Park by 4 runs (DLS method).
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) April 5, 2019
The CSA T20 Challenge continues on Saturday with the Dolphins and the Knights facing off at Kingsmead in Durban, looking to clinch victory in their first outing in the tournament.
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