Making his first appearance for the Titans this season, the spinner took 3-37 as the his side limited the hosts to 216, before enforcing the follow-on. Shamsi then struck twice, to take his match tally to five, and leave the Dolphins on 160-2 at the close.
The highlight of the 27-year old's performance came after lunch, when he found himself on hat-trick ball. Robbie Frylinck was trapped LBW before Prenelan Subrayen was bowled through the gate. Kerwin Mungroo survived the third delivery.
“I’m the type of bowler that can make an impact and take a few wickets in quick bursts and that’s exactly what happened. And fortunately I could help the team,” said Shamsi.
“The first two days we batted brilliantly and there weren't many wickets to fall. The pitch was quite flat, so to take 11 wickets on day three, we were able to shape the game beautifully to enforce the follow-on.”
“Conditions were more favourable compared to the first two days. The sun was out and the pitch has broken up quite a bit and hopefully it will continue on the final day. With the new ball, its not really doing much but we are going take our chances and hopefully take all eight wickets.”
The Dolphins began day three on 48-1, and despite a number of Dolphins batsmen getting starts, they were continually under pressure from the visiting bowling attack. Alfred Mothoa claimed three of the wickets, to close with the best figures of 3-30. Shaun von Berg took 2-70, with Corbin Bosch and Malusi Siboto chipping in with one each.
“The team batting second is always under pressure, especially with such a massive deficit. The pitch did make it difficult to bowl at times, so we had to put the ball in the right areas and we did that brilliantly,” said Shamsi
“Everyone bowled brilliantly - the guys kept on toiling. We’d been in the field for close to 130 overs so there are some sore bodies, but everyone’s pushing really hard and are still very positive as we want to become the first team to win a game this season and create a gap at the top of the log.”
With a first innings deficit 284, the hosts soon found themselves on 30-1, when Shamsi pinned Senuran Muthusamy in front of the stumps for 11. Sarel Erwee and Vaughn van Jaarsveld put on 76 together for the second wicket, before the latter became the 11th - and final Dolphins wicket to fall on the day. The left-hander perishing for a patient 39 off 120 balls to become Shamsi’s fifth victim.
The Dolphins will start the final day with Erwee unbeaten on 88 and Cody Chetty on 15, and Shamsi says the Titans have a very clear mandate.
“It’s simple, we’ve got to take eight wickets. We’ve worked really hard, the batsmen have done their job, the bowlers have toiled and we now we’ve got to push hard and do everything we can to try and win this game.
“We will try to strike early up front and try take two or three wickets before lunch. If that doesn’t happen we’re prepared to go all the way until the last session," added Shamsi.