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T20 Challenge: Behardien's 55 from 15 balls puts Titans in home final

Farhaan Behardien scored the fastest half-century in domestic 20 over history and the second quickest ever on South African soil as the Multiply Titans booked their ticket to the T20 Challenge final with a six-run win over the Warriors in a rain-affected fiver-over dash in East London on Sunday.

The Proteas batsman blazed 55 in a mere 15 balls (4 fours, 5 sixes) as the defending champions posted 80/2, before restricting their hosts to 74/2 in reply.


Kolkata Coaching stalwart Wasim Akram to skip IPL 2017

Kolkata Knight Riders oon Saturday announced that bowling coach and mentor Wasim Akram will miss the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 cricket tournament.

The legendary Pakistan pacer has cited professional commitments and time constraints for his inability to be part of KKR for the upcoming season.


Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup: Proteas have their day against Springboks

The Proteas finally had their day against the Springboks after they won the third edition of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup by 16 runs at PPC Newlands on Thursday. The national cricket team had been beaten at their own game by the national rugby side, but there was no repeat this time around, thanks to a mammoth target laid down by Faf du Plessis’ men.

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, they amassed 252/9 in their 20 overs with Hashim Amla leading the way with his blistering 94 off 43 balls. Dwaine Pretorius made 47 off 14 as most of the Springbok bowlers toiled, while Farhaan Behardien (25) and Du Plessis (24) also chipped in with useful cameos.


T20 Challenge: Cobras surge to third spot with bonus point win

A fine bowling display by the BuildNat Cape Cobras laid the foundation for a comfortable eight-wicket win over the out-of-sorts VKB Knights in their T20 Challenge encounter in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Wayne Parnell starred with bat and ball, while an attacking Richard Levi half-century and a dazzling 12-ball 39 by Kieron Pollard made light of the 146/8 made by the visitors after they won the toss and opted to bat first at PPC Newlands.


T20 Challenge: Smuts hits unbeaten ton as Warriors chase down stiff target

An unbeaten century from captain Jon-Jon Smuts helped the Warriors pull off one of the great T20 Challenge victories as they successfully chased down 217 to beat the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in their clash at Buffalo Park in East London on Wednesday.

The right-handed opener made an unbeaten 107 (58 balls, 5 fours, 9 sixes) and received fine support from Colin Ingram, who made 55 (26 balls, 6 fours, 3 sixes), and Christiaan Jonker (36 off 20 balls).


T20 Challenge: Record total paves way for Titans bonus point win

A record total paved the way for the Multiply Titans to consolidate their position at the top of the T20 Challenge table thanks to a 46-run bonus point win over the bizhub Highveld Lions at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday.

The defending champions blasted 230/5 after losing the toss and being asked to bat first – the highest score batting first in South African franchise cricket history, surpassing the previous best of 225/6 made by the Eagles against the Lions in Potchefstroom in 2004/05. 


T20 Challenge Preview: BuildNat Cape Cobras v VKB Knights

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The BuildNat Cape Cobras are bracing themselves for three big games in a bid to reach the T20 Challenge play-offs starting with a clash against the VKB Knights at PPC Newlands in Cape Town On Wednesday.

With the knock-out stage of the competition looming, the hosts know that only three wins will do if they want to maintain their hopes of finishing in the top three.


T20 Challenge Preview: Multiply Titans v bizhub Highveld Lions

Titans coach Mark Boucher remains unconcerned about their latest T20 Challenge defeat and remains confident in their prospects ahead of their derby clash against the bizhub Highveld Lions at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday.

The defending champions were beaten by the Warriors last Friday for their second loss in succession, but they have managed to hold on to top spot after the Eastern Cape franchise, who still have a game in hand, were beaten by the Lions on Sunday.


T20 Challenge Preview: Warriors v Dolphins

Warriors coach Malibongwe Maketa is not prepared to look too far beyond the Hollywoodbets Dolphins whom they play at Buffalo Park in East London on Wednesday as the crunch end of the T20 Challenge looms.

The men from the Eastern Cape have a strong chance of topping the regular season log and with it earning an automatic berth in the final they could then host.


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