Record stand gets Dolphins home

Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Khaya Zondo shared a record-breaking fifth-wicket partnership.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Khaya Zondo shared a record-breaking fifth-wicket partnership.

JOHANNESBURG - Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Khaya Zondo shared a record-breaking fifth-wicket partnership to lead the Sunfoil Dolphins to a handsome victory over The Unlimited Titans in the opening game of Sunday's Ram Slam Twenty20 triple-header at Sahara Park Newlands.

The triple-header is the final leg of the three-day Cell C Festival of Cricket.

Van Jaarsveld and Zondo came together with the Dolphins struggling on 37 for four in the eighth over and put on an unbroken stand of 117 - the highest fifth-wicket partnership in South African domestic Twenty20 competition.

That carried the Dolphins to a total of 154 for four as Van Jaarsveld smashed seven sixes in his unbeaten 82 and Zondo finished 41 not out, before the Titans managed 146 for seven to lose by eight runs.

Although the final scoreline suggested a tight game, in truth the Titans chase never really took off - thanks largely to some superb bowling up front by Kyle Abbott, who took 2 for 1 in his opening two overs.

An in-form Faf du Plessis did his best to resurrect the innings before he fell to Craig Alexander for 24, and David Wiese tried to bring the game back to life with a hard-hitting 42 from 24 balls down the order.

However, there were still 28 runs required from the final over, which Abbott was in no mood to permit.

Wiese was run out attempting a second run off the first ball of the over, and Abbott finished with figures of 2 for 21 as the Dolphins picked up the first points on day three of the Cell C Festival of Cricket.