All-round Titans blot out Sunrisers

Comfortable win keeps South African team in reckoning.

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RANCHI: An all-round display by Titans resuscitated their flailing CLT20 campaign as they consigned Sunrisers Hyderabad to an eight-wicket defeat on Saturday. After medium-pacer David Wiese (3/17) had restricted Sunrisers to 145/7 on a rank flat track, captain Henry Davids struck a breakneck 64 to make short work of the chase. Titans won with 21 balls to spare.

Davids hammered four sixes and seven fours off Sunrisers’ eclectic attack. His opening partnership of 112 in 12 overs with the left-handed Jacques Rudolph (49*)  had all but decided the contest when Davids chipped a catch off countryman Dale Steyn. Although the talismanic AB de Villiers fell cheaply, Rudolph's timely transformation from supporter to principal ushered in a victory without any hassles.

Titans had earlier tasted great success with the ball after electing to field, even as Sunrisers tackled the mandatory Powerplay with marked haste through captain Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel. Both the southpaws were underway with great rapidity. The wicketkeeper-batsman smote Morne Morkel for a couple of big ones, while Dhawan was content to use the pace of the bowlers and guide them to the boundary of his choice.

Implosion


Exactly 60 were up after six overs, which is when medium-pacer Wiese applied the tourniquet. He claimed Dhawan off a short delivery for a 21-ball 37 and then bowled Parthiv with a slow off-cutter for 24-ball 26. Wiese claimed a third scalp in his third over, again off a short delivery, when Hanuma Vihari’s high swirling catch was taken smartly by Davids running in from mid-wicket.

The descent of the Indian team was sharp: from 62 for no loss in six overs to 112 for seven in the 18th, as Titans clamped on the scoring by dismissing JP Duminy (17), Biplab Samantaray (0), Thisara Perera (11) and Darren Sammy (1).

It took Steyn’s 12-ball 27 to pull Sunrisers over the line of decency. The fast bowler-turned-batsman smashed 21 runs off Marchant de Lange’s last over of the innings, including two sixes, to ensure that his side had something to defend. But 145 on a rank flat pitch was never going to be enough.

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