Kolkata Knight Riders v Titans, CLT20, Cape Town October 20, 2012

Titans a win away from semi-finals

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Match facts

October 21, 2012
Start time 1730 local (1530 GMT)

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Titans have every chance of making the semi-finals of the Champions League T20, having won two out of two games to earn eight points. Kolkata Knight Riders have none, after losing their first two matches and earning two points from a washout in a contest they had to win. Another Titans victory on Sunday will secure their progress; a Kolkata victory could keep the two semi-final berths for Group A vacant for a bit longer, which is what most of the other teams in the group will be rooting for.

By the time Titans and Kolkata take the field, however, the playing field in Group A would have changed significantly. If Delhi Daredevils beat Perth Scorchers in the first of Sunday's games, they will have taken top spot for the moment with ten points, while the BBL team will be knocked out of the tournament. Should Delhi lose, they will be level with Scorchers and Auckland on six points, with one game to play for each team.

Titans will have a fit squad to choose from after Ethy Mbhalati recovered from the hamstring strain he suffered against Auckland Aces.

Watch out for...

Newlands is Jacques Kallis' home ground but he's played only four Twenty20 matches there in the last eight years, scoring 75 runs at a strike rate of 91. Kallis hasn't scored a run in this season of the Champions League. He's faced only four deliveries, making a duck in one game and retiring hurt after being hit on the glove by Morne Morkel in another. With the ball, he's taken two wickets in ten overs at an economy-rate of 6.60. Kolkata's campaign has suffered because of the lack of contributions from Kallis. There isn't much at stake on Sunday apart from some statistics to salvage.

Unlike Kallis, Jacques Rudolph has had a superb two games for Titans, with two half-centuries and a strike-rate of 126.95. His runs came at the top of the order in Durban and Centurion and helped his team post strong totals in both matches. Another performance of similar impact will go a long way in helping Titans enter the final four.

Pitch and conditions

The forecast for Cape Town is not good on Sunday with the chance of showers during the day predicted to be 70%.

Quotes

"Ethy was put through a rigorous fitness test by our medical team at Saturday morning's practice. This included bowling a full spell and he came through with flying colours."
Titans spokesperson Gerald Dros

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • POSTED BY Batmanian on | October 21, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Note to CLT20 organisers... five team pools for two semis slots are likely to result in lots of dead and near-dead rubbers. Four three team pools for one SF spots, or for two QF spots, with proper seeding, would be much smarter... 3 India spots, 1 RSA, 1 Aus, 1 spot for a playoff between RSA and Aus runners up, 1 Pak, 1 Eng, 1 SL, 1 WI, 1 NZ, 1 playoff for Bang champ vs 4th IPL placing.

    *In QF scenario at least, more likelihood of IPL teams getting through ($$$). *More proportionate sop to RSA and Aus (two teams each too many). *Bang league gets some representation. *Quicker and less boring.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    No point in going in with 7 batsmen for KKR ... They need to go with 6 batsmen and 5 bowlers ... My team :::: 1. Bisla 2. Gambhir 3. McCullum 4. Kallis 5. Tiwary 6. Das 7. Lee 8. Abdulla 9. Sangwan 10. Narine 11. Balaji ........ they need to open the bowling with Lee and Kallis so that the Indian medium pacers don't have to bowl during power plays ...

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | October 21, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Many Bangladeshis consider Indians as brothers because Bangladesh is an extended part of India.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | October 21, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    BD fans always sing abt shakin who is just a another player but can't blame them as he is the best player produced by them

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | October 21, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Listen Indians(Our brothers and countrymen) will not say Kallis is better than Tendulkar.If Tendulkar sometimes loses his strength due to age than how can Kallis be a evergreen player at the age of 37-38? Shakib is another Kallis type batsman who needs time to settle then hit boundaries but he always comes to the field when either 2-3 wickets fell quickly or 10-15 balls remaining.Then how can he do good?

  • POSTED BY Nipunblue on | October 21, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    @smith, who bothered u ? Shakib or BD? or the weather ?

  • POSTED BY Summer_Sport on | October 21, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    @sajjad.kernel Actually he's underrated because he plays for a weaker team but the important thing is he's better than you :P

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    kolkata should play Shakib in this match cause they have nothing to lose,otherwise they will miss the support of all the bangladehi's .And also he is a quality player and when in form can take the fight to the opposition.

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | October 21, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    @ siponus2007 - What a preposterous statement ... Going by that logic, West Indies won last month's World T20 due to Andre Russell.

  • POSTED BY siponus2007 on | October 21, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    sajjid kernel bcz of sakib kkr wins the last year ipl , say somethigs what make sense , dont burst a guy who has been consistent permorer in world cricket last 5 to 6 years , if u wanna judge sakib by a one game than sachin would be a fluke too

  • POSTED BY Batmanian on | October 21, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Note to CLT20 organisers... five team pools for two semis slots are likely to result in lots of dead and near-dead rubbers. Four three team pools for one SF spots, or for two QF spots, with proper seeding, would be much smarter... 3 India spots, 1 RSA, 1 Aus, 1 spot for a playoff between RSA and Aus runners up, 1 Pak, 1 Eng, 1 SL, 1 WI, 1 NZ, 1 playoff for Bang champ vs 4th IPL placing.

    *In QF scenario at least, more likelihood of IPL teams getting through ($$$). *More proportionate sop to RSA and Aus (two teams each too many). *Bang league gets some representation. *Quicker and less boring.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    No point in going in with 7 batsmen for KKR ... They need to go with 6 batsmen and 5 bowlers ... My team :::: 1. Bisla 2. Gambhir 3. McCullum 4. Kallis 5. Tiwary 6. Das 7. Lee 8. Abdulla 9. Sangwan 10. Narine 11. Balaji ........ they need to open the bowling with Lee and Kallis so that the Indian medium pacers don't have to bowl during power plays ...

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | October 21, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Many Bangladeshis consider Indians as brothers because Bangladesh is an extended part of India.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | October 21, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    BD fans always sing abt shakin who is just a another player but can't blame them as he is the best player produced by them

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | October 21, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Listen Indians(Our brothers and countrymen) will not say Kallis is better than Tendulkar.If Tendulkar sometimes loses his strength due to age than how can Kallis be a evergreen player at the age of 37-38? Shakib is another Kallis type batsman who needs time to settle then hit boundaries but he always comes to the field when either 2-3 wickets fell quickly or 10-15 balls remaining.Then how can he do good?

  • POSTED BY Nipunblue on | October 21, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    @smith, who bothered u ? Shakib or BD? or the weather ?

  • POSTED BY Summer_Sport on | October 21, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    @sajjad.kernel Actually he's underrated because he plays for a weaker team but the important thing is he's better than you :P

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    kolkata should play Shakib in this match cause they have nothing to lose,otherwise they will miss the support of all the bangladehi's .And also he is a quality player and when in form can take the fight to the opposition.

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | October 21, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    @ siponus2007 - What a preposterous statement ... Going by that logic, West Indies won last month's World T20 due to Andre Russell.

  • POSTED BY siponus2007 on | October 21, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    sajjid kernel bcz of sakib kkr wins the last year ipl , say somethigs what make sense , dont burst a guy who has been consistent permorer in world cricket last 5 to 6 years , if u wanna judge sakib by a one game than sachin would be a fluke too

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    kallis, mccullum, narine n definitely lee..no place for shakib!!

  • POSTED BY CricFan707 on | October 21, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    KKR team should be like this-

    M Bisla G Gambhir J Kallis M Tiwary RT Doeschate Y Pathan D Das B Lee L Balaji S Narine I Abdulla

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Shakib is only good in Dhaka and Kolkata and in slower pitches where Spin plays a Factor...Def. KKR will play Home Boy Kallis, Lee, Mccullum and Narine or Ryan for sure...Dead Rubber game for KKR.shud think of going bak home soon...hop bags r packed :)

  • POSTED BY sajjad.kernel on | October 21, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    shakib is just overrated player

  • POSTED BY .......junk on | October 21, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Yusuf pathan is potentially the best t20 player along with gayle ,watson,pollard..only reason he is not successful currently is cause he does not belive in himself .his confidence is killed mainly by dhoni who knows his ability to hit so he jus wans him to hit 2 sixes in last over , doing what has resulted in continious failure.plz allow him geniune time on crease ..his failure has made him think and a player wit so much hitting capability should not think should express.I'm waiting for yusuf to forget evrything and play like yusuf who took asif ,best bowler that time,for an effortless six in first over of the match with confidence

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    What in the world was Joy Bhattachargee and Gauti thinking - bring back the champs trophy with this team ! Any tourney outside India on swinging or bouncy pitches, you play like my school 12th C string team. I wonder what confidence will Gauti and L Balaji carry home form this pasting. Let's hope there is no free ticket to the Indian test team for Gauti after such shabby performances.

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | October 21, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Kallis? Bah who is that? Sakib all the way or beware the wrath of the rain gods once again ye KnightRiders ...

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | October 21, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    @Smith Robertson probably they are in the middle of the spring. rains are possible during this time.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Its amazing the amount of Shakib, Shakib and more Shakib I'm reading at times it can get frustrating. We know Bangladesh fans he's a very good player but these pitches in South Africa have no assist for spinners so obviously KKR will choose Ryan and Kallis over Shakib because of their seam. Anyway can someone tell me because of the weather if its Summer or Winter in South Africa now? as a lot of these games are getting ruined by the rain thus damaging this tournament.

  • POSTED BY remnant on | October 20, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    KKR just don't seem to have players suited to this environment. It should play with Ryan Tendo, Kallis, Mc Cullum and Narine. Shakib is not at all suited to this wicket. BD fans please spare us ur Shakib stats. Just today Ashwin was carted for 24 runs. These wickets are a slow bowlers graveyard. Only Narine should be played as he is all an terrain bowler. And please drop Yusuf pathan, and get some real local talent not a has been who is like a heavy luggage himself. i wonder why Marchant De Lange is not part of KKR. He could have been ideal in these conditions!

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    KKR- should play Ten Doeschate, Shakib, Narine and Kallis as their overseas...

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  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    KKR- should play Ten Doeschate, Shakib, Narine and Kallis as their overseas...

  • POSTED BY remnant on | October 20, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    KKR just don't seem to have players suited to this environment. It should play with Ryan Tendo, Kallis, Mc Cullum and Narine. Shakib is not at all suited to this wicket. BD fans please spare us ur Shakib stats. Just today Ashwin was carted for 24 runs. These wickets are a slow bowlers graveyard. Only Narine should be played as he is all an terrain bowler. And please drop Yusuf pathan, and get some real local talent not a has been who is like a heavy luggage himself. i wonder why Marchant De Lange is not part of KKR. He could have been ideal in these conditions!

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Its amazing the amount of Shakib, Shakib and more Shakib I'm reading at times it can get frustrating. We know Bangladesh fans he's a very good player but these pitches in South Africa have no assist for spinners so obviously KKR will choose Ryan and Kallis over Shakib because of their seam. Anyway can someone tell me because of the weather if its Summer or Winter in South Africa now? as a lot of these games are getting ruined by the rain thus damaging this tournament.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | October 21, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    @Smith Robertson probably they are in the middle of the spring. rains are possible during this time.

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | October 21, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Kallis? Bah who is that? Sakib all the way or beware the wrath of the rain gods once again ye KnightRiders ...

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    What in the world was Joy Bhattachargee and Gauti thinking - bring back the champs trophy with this team ! Any tourney outside India on swinging or bouncy pitches, you play like my school 12th C string team. I wonder what confidence will Gauti and L Balaji carry home form this pasting. Let's hope there is no free ticket to the Indian test team for Gauti after such shabby performances.

  • POSTED BY .......junk on | October 21, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Yusuf pathan is potentially the best t20 player along with gayle ,watson,pollard..only reason he is not successful currently is cause he does not belive in himself .his confidence is killed mainly by dhoni who knows his ability to hit so he jus wans him to hit 2 sixes in last over , doing what has resulted in continious failure.plz allow him geniune time on crease ..his failure has made him think and a player wit so much hitting capability should not think should express.I'm waiting for yusuf to forget evrything and play like yusuf who took asif ,best bowler that time,for an effortless six in first over of the match with confidence

  • POSTED BY sajjad.kernel on | October 21, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    shakib is just overrated player

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Shakib is only good in Dhaka and Kolkata and in slower pitches where Spin plays a Factor...Def. KKR will play Home Boy Kallis, Lee, Mccullum and Narine or Ryan for sure...Dead Rubber game for KKR.shud think of going bak home soon...hop bags r packed :)

  • POSTED BY CricFan707 on | October 21, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    KKR team should be like this-

    M Bisla G Gambhir J Kallis M Tiwary RT Doeschate Y Pathan D Das B Lee L Balaji S Narine I Abdulla