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Cricket news - Dala, Behardien carry Titans to One-Day Cup final

Junior Dala finished with figures of 6 for 19.

Titans put on a clinical show at Centurion to book their place in the Momentum One-Day Cup final. Titans first delivered with the ball, bowling Cape Cobras out for 187 before surviving a scare to chase it down with almost 11 overs to spare.

Dale Steyn was the one who caused damage very early in the innings when he removed Janneman Malan and Zubayr Hamza off successive deliveries in the opening over. Skipper JP Duminy then arrested the slide with a vital 40-run stand before Titans struck twice again in succession. This time, it was Junior Dala who got into the wickets column getting rid of both Duminy and opener Pieter Malan.

With Tabraiz Shamsi also castling Aviwe Mgijima for a duck, Cobras were stuttering at 52/5 by the end of the 18th over. Kyle Verreynne and Vernon Philander then rescued the side with a crucial 75-run stand to ensure Cobras' innings was back on track. Verreynne went onto score a half-century but with wickets falling regularly at the other end, Titans continued to have a firm grip on the contest. Dala was the wrecker-in-chief running through the lower order to finish with an incredible six-wicket haul, conceding only 19 runs.

Cobras didn't back down without a fight in the chase despite putting only 187 on the board. Philander and Rory Kleinveldt kept striking in tandem with the new ball to reduce Titans to 65/5. With 123 more runs needed for the win, it appeared as if Titans were just one wicket away from losing the contest. Instead, Behardien joined forces with Corbin Bosch to ensure his side didn't collapse.

With the rest of the bowlers not threatening as much as Philander and Kleinveldt did, Behardien and Bosch batted with caution to bail their side out of trouble. Eventually, the duo was involved in a century stand and carried the team over the finish line. While Bosch remained unbeaten on 45, Behardien finished not out on 75.

Brief scores: Cape Cobras 187 in 47.3 overs (Kyle Verreynne 65, Vernon Philander 36; Junior Dala 6-19, Dale Steyn 3-20) lost to Titans 188/5 in 39.1 overs (Farhaan Behardien 75*, Corbin Bosch 45*; Rory Kleinveldt 3-49) by five wickets

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