|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
October 20, 2012
Match factsOctober 21, 2012
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%.
"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
|Comments have now been closed for this article
The leave outside off stump has been critical to M Vijay's success since his India comeback last year. Contrary to popular opinion, such patience and self-denial comes naturally to him
Ishant Sharma has often been the butt of jokes, and sometimes deservedly so. Today, however, the joke was on England
They have to see a glass that is half-full, and play the game as if it is just that, a game; and an opportunity
Only 15 times in Test history has a player achieved the double of 300 runs and 20 wickets in a Test series. Going on current form, Bhuvneshwar could well be the 16th
In India's win at Lord's, Ishant Sharma took the best bowling figures by an Indian in the fourth innings of a Test outside Asia. Here are five other best bowling efforts by Indians in the fourth innings of Tests outside Asia
India's wretched run away from home began at Lord's in 2011. A young team full of self-belief may have brought it to an end with their victory at the same venue three years later
What's wrong with their cricket? Well, what isn't?
Alastair Cook did not bat like a leading man but the crowd applauded him for simply not failing
If England are going to win nothing, history suggests it might be worth their while to win nothing with kids
Why not you? Read and learn how!