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Rain spoilt what was shaping to be a thrilling finish at the Sardar Patel Stadium where the Titans needed just 35 to win in three overs against Trinidad & Tobago in a Group B game of the Champions League Twenty20. The poor weather also washed out of the game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Brisbane Heat, thus knocking Hyderabad out of the tournament.
The big-hitting AB de Villiers was threatening to take the Titans into the semifinals when the rain left them six runs short of the Duckworth-Lewis par score of 159. T&T had set them 189 after being asked to bat.
The verdict opens up Group B for a photo-finish. While the Chennai Super Kings have made the semis with a game left, T&T and Titans both have eight points. Titans have played four games and they need T&T to lose by a big margin to CSK to bring their net run-rate down.
Trinidad & Tobago’s big score was largely the doing of an entertaining second-wicket partnership of Evin Lewis (70, 35b, 7x4, 5x6) and Darren Bravo (63b, 44b, 5x4, 4x6).
Overcoming the loss of Lendl Simmons, Lewis and Bravo matched each other stroke for stroke, racing away to 99-1 in 10 overs.
The Titans responded with aggression, as Henry Davids provided them yet another quick start. The opener made 42 in 22 today having made 64, 39 and 52 in his previous knocks in this tournament.
Three quick wickets by Samuel Badree and Simmons took the sheen off the Titans’ big start before Farhaan Behardien struck three sixes in a 49-run stand with de Villiers to pull them back into the chase.
A 22-run over conceded by Rayad Emrit put the Titans on track for a fighting win, but the rains played spoilsport.