Markram backs Titans to recover from the road, Verreynne constructive about Cobras’ probabilities | Recreation

Aiden Markram

Aiden Markram

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Cape Cobras wicketkeeper-batsman Kyle Verreynne believes that the 4-Day Franchise Series clash against the Titans is evenly poised.

The Titans require 121 runs, while the home side need seven wickets ahead of the final day at Newlands on Thursday.

“Going into the final day, it’s all pretty even-stevens. I think we got just as much of a chance as they do,” said Verreynne.

It’s not an impossible task for the home side with the pitch at Newlands slowing down dramatically after an action-packed third day which saw 14 wickets fall.

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The Cobras added 80 runs on day 3 and left a tall order for the Titans, who were chasing 316 for victory.

It seemed like the game was heavily in the Cobras favour after the Centurion-franchise were bundled out for 150 in their first innings. 

Proteas batsman Dean Elgar (58) and Aiden Markram (48), however, had other plans in mind as the opening pair put on 105.

Another Proteas star Theunis de Bruyn put on 72 third-wicket partnership with Heinrich Klaasen (25), who departed shortly before the close of play.

De Bruyn remains unbeaten on 63 and has the unwanted pressure of keeping his side’s hopes alive.

“Theunis has played really well and his partnership with Heinrich was very valuable on a wicket that’s playing the way it is. It’s kind of giving that sub-continent feel so we understand that wickets can fall unexpectedly because you almost never in on this pitch,” Markram told reporters on Wednesday.

Markram, who fell two runs short of a well-deserved half-century, backed his side to get over the line on Thursday.

“I certainly have faith in our batsmen to come. I’m not going to stand here and say we’re going to win the game tomorrow but I back our players and I know they’re prepared for wickets like this so there’s something to tap into tomorrow,” he said.

– Compiled by Lynn Butler 

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