An unbeaten half century from experienced Hollywoodbets Dolphins batsman Khaya Zondo helped the Dolphins to a final over, four wicket win over the Momentum Multiply Titans in their CSA T20 Knock Out semi-final on Thursday.
Zondo’s knock of 58 not out off 45 deliveries was the difference between the sides after the Dolphins suffered a middle-order collapse before Zondo’s penultimate over blitz got them over the line.
Bowling first, the Dolphins managed to maintain pressure throughout their bowling innings and with some tight overs and some good fielding restricted the Titans to 138 all out.
Ottniel Baartman’s career-best four for 18 was the pick of the Dolphins bowlers and he managed to take wickets at the top of the innings and then again at the death despite some strong hitting from the lower order of the Titans batsmen.
The other bowlers to contribute to the effort were Ruan de Swart who took two for 22 in three overs while Thando Ntini returned figures of two for 26 in his four overs but he could have got a few more wickets if things had gone his way.
With the bat, the Dolphins lost Keegan Petersen early after he got off to a brisk start. Marques Ackerman was then caught in the deep for six which saw the Dolphins 33 for two inside the powerplay.
Sarel Erwee and Zondo then combined to put on a steady 59 for the third wicket before Erwee was dismissed for 33.
The Titans bowlers then put the Dolphins under real pressure taking four wickets for 26 runs as they needed eighteen runs to win off the final twelve deliveries.
Zondo then dispatched the nineteenth over from Okuhle Cele for sixteen before he and Daryn Dupavillon took two singles in the final over to take the Dolphins into another T20 final with three balls to spare.
The Dolphins will play the winners of the semi-final between the North-West Dragons and the Itec Knights in the final.