Titans v Perth Scorchers, CLT20, Group A, Centurion October 13, 2012

CJ de Villiers, openers lead Titans to big win


Titans 163 for 4 (Rudolph 83*, Davids 54, Rimmington 2-20) beat Perth Scorchers 124 for 7 (M Marsh 52*, C de Villiers 3-16) by 39 runs
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Jacques Rudolph and Henry Davids launched the Champions League Twenty20 in a blaze of boundaries and the Titans' fast bowlers used their knowledge of home conditions to ensure Perth Scorchers' chase never got going. While Rudolph and Davids feasted on the numerous length deliveries on offer on their way to an opening stand of 109 in 12.2 overs, Titans' quicks, led by Cornelius de Villiers, pegged Scorchers' top order back with several short-of-a-length balls.

After putting Titans in on a green-tinged pitch and watching Rudolph and Davids hit boundaries at will, Scorchers did come back at the death to restrict the home team to 163 on a ground which is considered difficult to defend - Titans once made 222 here against Cape Cobras and lost. At one stage, the home side looked set to achieve a total in excess of 190, but the way their attack bowled to the pitch, the 163 that their openers set up for them was more than enough.

It was Davids who had taken charge initially, stepping out to the Scorchers quicks, who were not exactly bothering him with pace, and lofting them over the infield. The introduction of the chinaman bowler Brad Hogg restricted the runs from one end for a while but Davids broke free with a flat pulled six off Ben Edmondston, before showing off his timing by flicking the bowler into the deep midwicket rope for another six.

That stroke took Davids to 43 off 23 but he eased off after that, struggling to find the same fluency against the spinners Hogg and Michael Beer. Davids managed only 11 of his next 14 deliveries before being bowled by Beer.

The team run-rate didn't suffer, though, as Rudolph had assumed charge even as Davids tapered off. Skipping away repeatedly to the leg side against the quicks, he was able to slice and stab them for boundaries over point.

Rudolph took on Hogg in his final over, lofting him over extra cover for six and cutting him past point for four. He administered the same dose to Mitchell Marsh, taking three more fours in the 17th over, but Nathan Rimmington was to hit back for Scorchers. Bowling a mix of yorkers, full deliveries and slower ones, Rimmington conceded just five in two overs as a tiring Rudolph and incoming batsmen found it difficult to accelerate.

Scorchers were not chasing too many, but Titans' fast bowlers did not give them the length to drive, and the pressure showed soon. Ethy Mbahalati began the squeeze, getting his first delivery, in the third over, to probably hit one of the many thin cracks on the pitch and rear up alarmingly from a good length past Shaun Marsh. Mbahalati kept it back of a length for the rest of the over, which went for just four.

In the next over, Shaun Marsh chased a wide one from de Villiers and was caught at slip. Two balls later, Marcus North inside-edged an incoming shortish delivery onto his stumps.

Herschelle Gibbs and Simon Katich hung around for a while, but managed only two boundaries in 47 deliveries between them, reflecting the discipline of the Titans' attack.

Mitchell Marsh treated the sizeable Centurion crowd to some big hits on his way to an unbeaten fifty, but Scorchers had already lost the game when they came second-best at the start of both innings.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Brett on October 14, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    Can't say I was surprised by the result. WA have been very poor over the last 2 seasons and I think it was a surprise they made the BBL final last year. Not much depth in their squad and the batting is weak so think they will not make much impression. I agree it is strange to pick an import and not play him as is the case with Collingwood but probably even stranger wasting a spot with him in the first place.

  • Andrew on October 14, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain - then perhaps Bangladesh & other countries where Tests aren't watched, should hand in their Test membership? It certainly would help with the FTP! I can see plentyof upside to a 4 year cycle for Oz where we only play Sth Africa & England! Ahhh the good old days!!!! LOL!

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster...I like the truth in your statements these fans say Test Cricket is real Cricket important whatever but they don't even watch it for 5 straight days which is pretty weird and laughable. The fact is Test Cricket is disliked and unwatched by not only most of the world but also a lot of 10 full member countries Cricket supporters because nobody has time in this day and age common sense. That's why I personally prefer ODIs because its balanced neither too long or short :)

  • david on October 14, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    just like to say how much better these games are than the IPL. games were the batting and bowling are more even always make for better games. were pace and bounce makes for better cricket.

  • Bryn on October 14, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    one team cared the other didnt and the teamed that cared won the game.

  • Jay on October 14, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    @Mervo: If by 'real' cricket you mean BORING cricket = tests, then NO thanks.

  • Rajesh on October 14, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    Please southafrican selectors please..for heaven's sake no more BEHARDIEN in t20 please..after India i love SA cricket..please select miller,ingram in T20's..

  • Merv on October 13, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Yawn .... another T20 bash. Can we have some real cricket as this incessant T20 over stuffs the tummy and love of cricket is lost.

  • Marnus on October 13, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    @Trapper439: You might have heard the commentators mention a couple of times during the game that the Titans are playing at their home ground (Centurion). The Titans represent the Northern Gauteng region, most notably Pretoria and Centurion. Same as the Bulls is rugby union. As for the Stormers, they are from the Wester Cape (Cape Town), and the Chiefs are from Waikato in New Zealand.

  • Zaid on October 13, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Nice to see Rudolph playing well t20 format and an amazing decision not to play collingwood in playing11 for perth and Titans must missing AB devilliers as finisher in the end of inning

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