JOHANNESBURG – The Titans launched a magnificent fightback Tuesday thanks to a fine and as yet unbeaten 127 from Theunis de Bruyn.
That innings, and a partnership of 230 for the fourth wicket with Jonathan Vandiar, who made 98, ensured the Titans will start day three on Wednesday with a lead of 86.
The Cape Cobras remains very much the favourites to win, but the Titans will hope that with De Bruyn still at the crease, accompanied by the veteran Henry Davids and Rivaldo Moonsamy and Shaun von Berg still to bat, that they can set the visitors a tricky target in the fourth innings.
The Cobras had pushed their lead beyond the 200 mark in the morning thanks to Jason Smith’s 92. In the context of the match his partnership of 79 for the ninth wicket with Tladi Bokako (34) was invaluable. It provided a significant advantage for the Cobras, one upon which they quickly built as they picked up three Titans second innings wickets before the 20th over.
Included among those was Dean Elgar, usually a resolute sought in these types of situations, but who is in a bit of a slump of late. Since scoring 110 for Surrey last month, in his last match for the English County champions, Elgar has registered scores of 2,4,1,1 and 6 on home soil, two of those innings being for the Proteas in the One-Day series against Zimbabwe.