West Indies Twenty20 skipper Darren Sammy will take charge of the Titans for the remainder of the Ram Slam T20 competition as the franchise looks to bounce back from three defeats in a row. Sammy, who led the West Indies to the World Twenty20 title in 2012 and has captained in 36 T20 internationals, has replaced Henry Davids ahead of Friday’s encounter with the Chevrolet Knights in Bloemfontein. “I wanted Henry to focus solely on winning games for The Unlimited Titans with the bat. Having Darren as a world cup-winning captain is a bonus and I am sure the team will be able to benefit from his leadership and vast experience,” coach Rob Walter explained.
Leadership changes aside, the Titans have been focusing on improving their bowling in the first six overs. The Titans have bowled first in every one of their games thus far, and their opposition has averaged 71 for one at the end of the powerplay, leaving Walter’s side on the back foot. One player who could make a difference is all-rounder David Wiese, who took 3/21 against Australia in the third T20 international on Sunday, and who has returned to bolster the Titans bowling department as well as add some clout to the lower order.
With 11 points from four games the Knights are flying high by comparison, particularly given that all of those games have been on the road. “We’re looking forward to the home games, and if we can add to the points we’ll be happy. In this format you can’t develop expectations because an opponent appears to be struggling because one guy can win you a game, so we’ll have to be at our very best on Friday,” said captain Werner Coetsee. Dillon Du Preez and Jandre Coetzee will be assessed on Friday after injury prevented them from travelling for Wednesday’s washout against the Cobras in Paarl.
HEAD TO HEAD – Knights vs Titans
Matches Played 16
Knights Win 6
Titans Win 9
No Result 0