But, a cup final is a one-off event, and the visitors to Pretoria were a very motivated Warriors’ outfit, filled with some quality players and the hunger of seven years without a trophy.
For the Titans, the stage was a chance for a flurry of young stars to make a name for themselves. Up and coming starlets like Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi and Siboto were all starting to make waves on the domestic scene, and a major final was the perfect platform to show the world that they were born for the big time.
Batting first, the Titans were kept in check for the most part, but a final over burst by David Wiese proved telling. The lanky all-rounder blasted 16 runs in the final over, and that propelled the total to 156.
Disaster struck in the first over with the ball, however, when skipper Albie Morkel tweaked a hamstring while bowling, and had to sit out the rest of the innings. Wiese took over the captaincy, and he was tasked with getting a young attack to defend a gettable target on a good wicket.
The pace men responded magnificently, with Ngidi and Dala going at less than seven runs an over. But, as the drama reached a crescendo, there was still a final act to be concluded. The Warriors needed 12 off the final over, and the responsibility was handed to Siboto, a recent arrival to the Titans family from the Knights.
He came with a reputation as a death bowler, and he lived up to it in his first final with his new team. With 12 runs to play with, he conceded just six, holding his nerve to deliver a memorable T20 title to the dominant force in the shortest format over the last few years in South Africa.
It had been tense, but the men in blue could toast the first half of another double, on yet another unforgettable night at a heaving Supersport Park.