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RAM SLAM T20 Challenge: Markram makes it four from four for Titans

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A fine all-round bowling display followed by Aiden Markram’s unbeaten half-century helped the Multiply Titans stretch their advantage at the top of the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge table with a seven-wicket demolition of the winless WSB Cape Cobras in Centurion on Sunday.

Dale Steyn and Malusi Siboto picked up two for 16 apiece, while there was also a double for Lungi Ngidi (2/32) as the struggling visitors were restricted to just 119/9 in their 20 overs at SuperSport Park. 

The hosts, who had won the toss and opted to field first, then slipped to 13 for two, before Markram’s sixth career T20 half-century guided them home in only 13.3 overs as they won with a bonus point in front of their noisy home fans.

It was a fourth straight win for the defending champions, who are looking more and more formidable as the tournament progresses.

They were ruthless with the ball and constantly chipped away at a Cobras batting line-up short of confidence.

The Cape side, losers now in all three games, lost key man Hashim Amla (12) early, before Temba Bavuma (27) and JP Duminy (40) tried to rebuild with an innings-high 31-run stand.

But the stand was ended by Markram, who also took one for 20 in four outstanding overs with the ball.

The only other man to reach double figures was George Linde with 15 as the Cobras set a below par target of 120.

Vernon Philander (2/31) removed both openers Quinton de Kock and Henry Davids for ducks in a good opening spell, but it was then the AB de Villiers and Markram show as they added 70 in quick time for the third wicket.

De Villiers eventually fell for 37, but Markram continued to end unbeaten on 51 (36 balls, 5 fours, 3 sixes) as the Titans moved 11 points clear at the summit.