Champions League Twenty20 - Group A

Auckland v Titans

Titans won by 59 runs

Davids and Rudolph are out to open for Titans

1 pm Auckland have won the toss and will have a bowl

Martin van Jaarsveld is disappointed at losing another toss and says an unchanged Titans side will have to bat well

Chasing has worked for Auckland so far, and they want to stick to doing that. Auckland are playing the same side that beat KKR.

Have a look at the preview for the game

12.50pm Greetings, the Champions Leagues T20 caravan moves to its fourth venue, Durban. The sun is out, so fears of rain ruining the game can be shelved for now.

It hasn't been easy for batsmen in much of the tournament so far, with most of the pitches having a green tinge. At Kingsmead, though, the track looks brown and there's a lot less grass. Sunil Gavaskar says on air it will be much better for batsmen compared to Cape Town and Jo'burg

0.1

Mills to Davids, 1 run, gets front leg across, brings bat down around it and works a length ball angled in, down to fine leg

0.2

Mills to Rudolph, FOUR, neat, first ball, Rudolph leans into a gentle length ball outside off and eases it past cover

0.3

Mills to Rudolph, no run, some bounce this time, pushed wide of point, who dives and stops it

0.4

Mills to Rudolph, 1 run, drops it in front of mid off and zips across, has to dive in as the throw comes in, and misses

0.5

Mills to Davids, no run, bounce again from a good length, coming into the right-hander, pops up towards square leg as it hits close to the splice

0.6

Mills to Davids, 2 runs, well played, gets on top of the bounce to this one outside off, and punches it between cover and point

End of over 1 (8 runs) Titans 8/0 (RR: 8.00)
H Davids    3* (3b)      KD Mills    1-0-8-0
JA Rudolph    5* (3b 1x4)     

1.1

Bates to Rudolph, 1 leg bye, worked behind square leg off the pad

Hardus: "Would have been a different team dynamic if the two morkel brothers (Morne and Albie) and Faf du Plessis opted to play for Titans and AB de villiers was fit. Those four would have made this a magnificent team with plenty of game breakers and comparable with the top teams in the competition." Ain't an ideal world at all, this one.

1.2

Bates to Davids, 1 run, length ball, worked square to leg again

Quite windy out there

1.3

Bates to Rudolph, 1 wide, sends it way down the leg side

1.3

Bates to Rudolph, FOUR, another efficient stroke from Rudolph, gets forward to a length ball and drives through extra cover, exactly what was needed, not a lot of power involved

1.4

Bates to Rudolph, 1 run, hesitation after he walks across and tucks one behind square leg, but they complete the single in the end

1.5

Bates to Davids, no run, touch late in bringing the bat forward as it straightens a bit into him, thick inside edge to leg

1.6

Bates to Davids, FOUR, shot! pitched up and there to be driven outside off, and it is put away crisply past extra cover

End of over 2 (12 runs) Titans 20/0 (RR: 10.00)
H Davids    8* (6b 1x4)      MD Bates    1-0-11-0
JA Rudolph    10* (6b 2x4)      KD Mills    1-0-8-0

Gareth: "I love these surprise packet teams. Three years ago T&T shook up the CLT20 in their first outing too. Who next year? A BPL side?" Depends on what the shareholders of the tournament deem fit, Gareth

2.1

Mills to Rudolph, no run, more bounce from Mills, and it almost gets Rudolph, it kicks from back of a length, he pushes uncertainly at it, leading edge pops up, falls short of point

2.2

Mills to Rudolph, no run, another testing delivery, moves away slightly from a good length after drawing him forward, beaten

2.3

Mills to Rudolph, FOUR, he's had enough of getting beaten, counter-attacks, gets across to a length ball and crashes it straight back at the bowler, fortunately for Mills, it misses his legs

2.4

Mills to Rudolph, 1 run, walks across, outside off, and nudges it behind square leg

2.5

Mills to Davids, FOUR, Davids' turn now, he did this a lot in Titans' first game too, down the pitch, and lofts a length ball cleanly over mid off

2.6

Mills to Davids, no run, really slow slower one from Mills, loops in full, pushed to covers, not getting the single

End of over 3 (9 runs) Titans 29/0 (RR: 9.66)
H Davids    12* (8b 2x4)      KD Mills    2-0-17-0
JA Rudolph    15* (10b 3x4)      MD Bates    1-0-11-0

Here's the man in form, Azhar Mahmood

3.1

Azhar Mahmood to Rudolph, 1 run, runs a length ball past point, third man fields

3.2

Azhar Mahmood to Davids, no run, remains in the crease to a pitched up ball, and plays it softly to point

3.3

Azhar Mahmood to Davids, FOUR, clatter! he's seized this slower one, wide outside off, and hammered it in the air past extra cover, brutal

3.4

Azhar Mahmood to Davids, 1 run, jab of a pull to a back of a length ball, away to deep square leg

3.5

Azhar Mahmood to Rudolph, no run, decides to let this bouncer go past his head, thought of the pull for a moment as he raised his bat

3.6

Azhar Mahmood to Rudolph, 1 run, slower bouncer now and this time he pulls, to deep square leg

End of over 4 (7 runs) Titans 36/0 (RR: 9.00)
JA Rudolph    17* (13b 3x4)      Azhar Mahmood    1-0-7-0
H Davids    17* (11b 3x4)      KD Mills    2-0-17-0

Neel: "Any other Indian who gets the same sadistic pleasure by seeing these IPL teams being thrashed??? Damn those capitalists of cricket." Damn all kinds of capitalists, I say, Neel.

4.1

Adams to Rudolph, no run, Adams gets it to kick immediately, and Rudolph is beaten outside off

4.2

Adams to Rudolph, FOUR, this has been dismissed over mid off, full, wide, Rudolph takes a step out, reaches the line and kills it over the infield

Keeper standing up

4.3

Adams to Rudolph, no run, drops it close to the stumps as it bounces from back of a length

4.4

Adams to Rudolph, no run, even more bounce, that really took off, he tries to run it behind point, is beaten

4.5

Adams to Rudolph, no run, forced away to midwicket

4.6

Adams to Rudolph, 1 run, succeeds in dabbing it down to third man finally

End of over 5 (5 runs) Titans 41/0 (RR: 8.20)
JA Rudolph    22* (19b 4x4)      AR Adams    1-0-5-0
H Davids    17* (11b 3x4)      Azhar Mahmood    1-0-7-0

5.1

Bates to Rudolph, 1 leg bye, big appeal for leg before, the slower one came back in and hit him in front, was it height, was it outside the line of off, need replays

5.2

Bates to Davids, no run, advances out, bowler sees that, batsman ends up converting it into a yorker, jams it away

5.3

Bates to Davids, no run, slow and full, around off, tries to generate power all by himself, finds extra cover

5.4

Bates to Davids, 1 wide, backs away to leg, bowler goes even further down leg, and it is a wide

5.4

Bates to Davids, no run, slower ones and more slower ones, he walks out and tries to swing him over midwicket, beaten by the lack of pace

5.5

Bates to Davids, no run, tight over, nearly in the blockhole this time, squeezed out to covers

5.6

Bates to Davids, 1 run, feels the need to flail at the final ball of the over, ends up slicing it just out of extra cover's reach

End of over 6 (3 runs) Titans 44/0 (RR: 7.33)
H Davids    18* (16b 3x4)      MD Bates    2-0-13-0
JA Rudolph    22* (20b 4x4)      AR Adams    1-0-5-0

6.1

Adams to Davids, no run, cramps him with one angled into midle and leg, played down the track

6.2

Adams to Davids, SIX, uses the angle this time, as the cutter comes in, he swings it hard over square leg, it carries all the way, did not look like he'd timed it that well

6.3

Adams to Davids, 3 runs, full, lifted over the bowler, long on runs across, slides and saves the four

6.4

Adams to Rudolph, 2 runs, lines up midwicket and swings it towards that area, mid on scrambles to his left and manages to half-stop it

6.5

Adams to Rudolph, 1 run, fullish outside off, eased down to long off

6.6

Adams to Davids, FOUR, backs away to leg and has a go, thick edge flies down to the third man rope

End of over 7 (16 runs) Titans 60/0 (RR: 8.57)
H Davids    31* (20b 4x4 1x6)      AR Adams    2-0-21-0
JA Rudolph    25* (22b 4x4)      MD Bates    2-0-13-0

7.1

Hira to Rudolph, FOUR, reverse sweeps the left-arm spinner first ball, fullish around off, and he thumps it behind point

7.2

Hira to Rudolph, 1 run, worked down to long on

7.3

Hira to Davids, 1 run, makes room to a length ball just outside off and cuts it to deep point

7.4

Hira to Rudolph, 2 runs, flighted on middle, he reaches out and works it in front of square leg

7.5

Hira to Rudolph, no run, runs square on leg close to the wicket

7.6

Hira to Rudolph, 1 run, shuffles across and punches through midwicket

End of over 8 (9 runs) Titans 69/0 (RR: 8.62)
JA Rudolph    33* (27b 5x4)      RM Hira    1-0-9-0
H Davids    32* (21b 4x4 1x6)      AR Adams    2-0-21-0

Daniel and a few others: "An over consisting of one each of ., 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6!"

Mahmood is back

8.1

Azhar Mahmood to Rudolph, 1 run, slow length ball outside off, dabbed to third man

8.2

Azhar Mahmood to Davids, FOUR, that wasn't short at all, but Davids has picked up the cutter from outside off and dispatched it high over midwicket

Mahmood has a word with umpire Taufel about the ball

8.3

Azhar Mahmood to Davids, OUT, and Mahmood it is who gets the breakthrough, Davids tries to squeeze a yorker on off to third man, misses, and is bowled, they do the check for the no-ball, but Davids has to walk back

H Davids b Azhar Mahmood 36 (35m 23b 5x4 1x6) SR: 156.52

8.4

Azhar Mahmood to van Jaarsveld, no run, goes full just outside off, driven to cover

8.5

Azhar Mahmood to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, pulls a short ball dug into him, down to fine leg

8.6

Azhar Mahmood to Rudolph, 1 run, slow and short, pulled calmly to deep square

End of over 9 (7 runs) Titans 76/1 (RR: 8.44)
JA Rudolph    35* (29b 5x4)      Azhar Mahmood    2-0-14-1
M van Jaarsveld    1* (2b)      RM Hira    1-0-9-0

9.1

Hira to Rudolph, 1 run, worked through midwicket

9.2

Hira to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, hits a flighted delivery outside off to sweeper cover

9.3

Hira to Rudolph, 1 run, shuffles and works it square to leg from outside off

9.4

Hira to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, takes a few steps out, not to the pitch of the tossed up ball, hits it to long off

9.5

Hira to Rudolph, 1 run, another one nudged in front of square leg

9.6

Hira to van Jaarsveld, 2 runs, goes straight on to off, he backs away and cuts it wide of sweeper cover

End of over 10 (7 runs) Titans 83/1 (RR: 8.30)
M van Jaarsveld    5* (5b)      RM Hira    2-0-16-0
JA Rudolph    38* (32b 5x4)      Azhar Mahmood    2-0-14-1

10.1

Azhar Mahmood to Rudolph, no run, swings in from Mahmood, he has hands on his face as Rudolph manages to inside-edge it onto pad

10.2

Azhar Mahmood to Rudolph, 1 run, moves in again, this time he is able to work it to deep square

"Whatever Taufel did to that ball must have worked, not just a great umpire." Tim, don't think he gave it more than a stern look

10.3

Azhar Mahmood to van Jaarsveld, no run, nippy length ball punched straight to extra cover

10.4

Azhar Mahmood to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, slower length ball now, he waits in the crease and pushes it wide of extra cover

10.5

Azhar Mahmood to Rudolph, FOUR, he's getting late inswing, not much, but enough to trouble Rudolph, who tried to run this yorker outside off wide of point, but inside-edged it towards fine leg in the end

10.6

Azhar Mahmood to Rudolph, no run, and then, after all those full ones, he pings in a slow bouncer, Rudolph is surprised, he is making room outside leg, and misses the dab over the keeper

End of over 11 (6 runs) Titans 89/1 (RR: 8.09)
JA Rudolph    43* (36b 6x4)      Azhar Mahmood    3-0-20-1
M van Jaarsveld    6* (7b)      RM Hira    2-0-16-0

11.1

Hira to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, chance, that should have been taken, Hira tosses it up and gets it to drift in, he makes room to get inside the line and loft it down the ground, long off seemed to have it covered, but even as he bent to take it, it fell just in front of him

11.2

Hira to Rudolph, 1 run

11.3

Hira to van Jaarsveld, 2 runs, shortish, pulled through midwicket

11.4

Hira to van Jaarsveld, 1 leg bye, appeal for lbw as he misses the sweep, but it hurried in with the angle, and was going down leg

11.5

Hira to Rudolph, 1 run, shortens it as he sees him coming out, nudged into the leg side

11.6

Hira to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, fires it in full outside leg, he gets inside it and drives to sweeper cover

End of over 12 (7 runs) Titans 96/1 (RR: 8.00)
M van Jaarsveld    10* (11b)      RM Hira    3-0-22-0
JA Rudolph    45* (38b 6x4)      Azhar Mahmood    3-0-20-1

Tim: "You sure he didn't mutter some Harry Potter style encouragement?" Could have bewitched it, yes. Guess we don't have any umpirical evidence to prove it

12.1

Mills to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, sliced over covers, enough distance to beat the man running after it, and not enough distance to carry to the man running in from sweeper cover

12.2

Mills to Rudolph, 1 run, shuffles and tries to work it off the pad behind square, ball rolls away close to the stumps

12.3

Mills to van Jaarsveld, 2 runs, slow length ball into the pads, cannot get any power on it as he drags it behind square

12.4

Mills to van Jaarsveld, OUT, slower short ball works, he has found deep midwicket as he tried to slam it to cow corner

M van Jaarsveld c Guptill b Mills 13 (19m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 92.85

12.5

Mills to Rudolph, no run, an appeal for a catch down the leg side, Mills getting bounce and zip from back of a length, some away shape too, did not seem to be any bat involved

12.6

Mills to Rudolph, no run, cuts across the left-hander slowly, dropped down the pitch, effective over from Mills

End of over 13 (4 runs) Titans 100/2 (RR: 7.69)
JA Rudolph    46* (41b 6x4)      KD Mills    3-0-21-1
F Behardien    0* (0b)      RM Hira    3-0-22-0

13.1

Hira to Behardien, 1 run, stays back to a pitched up ball and punches it to long off

13.2

Hira to Rudolph, 1 run, flights it on a good length, he leans out and nudges it square on leg

13.3

Hira to Behardien, no run, extra cover dives to stop a push, cannot spot where the ball has popped up, bowler gets to it, no single conceded

13.4

Hira to Behardien, 2 runs

13.5

Hira to Behardien, 1 run, gets too close to the pitch and line as he walks out, digs it back to the right of the bowler, who cannot stop it with a dive

13.6

Hira to Rudolph, 1 run, full, flicked square on leg

End of over 14 (6 runs) Titans 106/2 (RR: 7.57)
JA Rudolph    48* (43b 6x4)      RM Hira    4-0-28-0
F Behardien    4* (4b)      KD Mills    3-0-21-1

14.1

Adams to Rudolph, 1 run, bounces outside off, is cut through point

14.2

Adams to Behardien, 1 run, pitched up, pushed down to long off

14.3

Adams to Rudolph, 1 run, to the left-hander's long off this time, and Rudolph has consecutive fifties in the tournament

14.4

Adams to Behardien, 1 leg bye, Adams continues to get bounce, also nips it back in, and strikes him on the thigh pad

14.5

Adams to Rudolph, 2 runs, angled wide outside off, and eased past extra cover

14.6

Adams to Rudolph, 1 run, length ball outside off dabbed down to third man

End of over 15 (7 runs) Titans 113/2 (RR: 7.53)
JA Rudolph    53* (47b 6x4)      AR Adams    3-0-27-0
F Behardien    5* (6b)      RM Hira    4-0-28-0

15.1

de Grandhomme to Rudolph, 1 run, low full toss worked to deep midwicket

15.2

de Grandhomme to Behardien, 1 run, full into the stumps, wristily turned in front of square leg

15.3

de Grandhomme to Rudolph, FOUR, second reverse sweep for Rudolph, low full toss from outside leg stump, put away between short third and point

15.4

de Grandhomme to Rudolph, no run, that has bounced too much outside off, and Rudolph is too far away from it to make anything of it

15.5

de Grandhomme to Rudolph, 2 runs, backs away again and slaps a length ball through extra cover

15.6

de Grandhomme to Rudolph, 1 run, pulled through square leg

End of over 16 (9 runs) Titans 122/2 (RR: 7.62)
JA Rudolph    61* (52b 7x4)      C de Grandhomme    1-0-9-0
F Behardien    6* (7b)      AR Adams    3-0-27-0

16.1

Adams to Rudolph, 1 leg bye, tries to swing it behind square leg from outside off, cannot connect, ball rolls away in the same direction off pad

16.2

Adams to Behardien, 2 runs, charges out and biffs a length ball over extra cover, not enough timing to beat long off

16.3

Adams to Behardien, 2 runs, short of a length and dragged wide of deep midwicket

16.4

Adams to Behardien, 1 run, no pace to find timing on the punch, rolls away to extra cover

16.5

Adams to Rudolph, 1 run, slanted wide outside off, and lifted down to long off

16.6

Adams to Behardien, 2 runs, skips out again, and turns a full one through midwicket

End of over 17 (9 runs) Titans 131/2 (RR: 7.70)
F Behardien    13* (11b)      AR Adams    4-0-35-0
JA Rudolph    62* (54b 7x4)      C de Grandhomme    1-0-9-0

17.1

Bates to Rudolph, 1 run, slowish length ball outside off dragged to deep midwicket

17.2

Bates to Behardien, 1 run, low full toss, he only manages to swing it to wide long on, on the bounce

17.3

Bates to Rudolph, OUT, catch! Andre Adams, all of 37, pulls off a sharp one at extra cover, sends back the key man Rudolph, who did not find timing and height on the lofted shot, it was no way near Adams, who scrambled to his left and tumbled to take it

JA Rudolph c Adams b Bates 63 (73m 56b 7x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

17.4

Bates to Behardien, 2 runs, slashed over point, stopped near the rope

17.5

Bates to Behardien, 2 runs, slogged from outside off in front of square leg

17.6

Bates to Behardien, 2 runs, eep, both men, longs on and off, within touching distance of each other, and the ball plops in the space between them, batsmen have struggled to time the ball as the innings has progressed, Behardien ends up scooping a full delivery over the bowler, the fielders charge in, and have to avoid hitting each other in the end, even as they fluff the chance

End of over 18 (8 runs) Titans 139/3 (RR: 7.72)
F Behardien    20* (15b)      MD Bates    3-0-21-1
RE van der Merwe    0* (0b)      AR Adams    4-0-35-0

18.1

Mills to van der Merwe, 2 runs, low full toss hit down the ground

18.2

Mills to van der Merwe, 1 run, tries to scoop it from a mile outside off, ends up nudging it square on leg

18.3

Mills to Behardien, 2 runs, slow and full, he has to generate all the power, but Hira denies him at long off with a sprint and a dive, parrying the ball successfully to the long on fielder

18.4

Mills to Behardien, SIX, this one was timed alright, full and very wide outside off, Behardien reaches out and smashes it over sweeper cover

18.5

Mills to Behardien, SIX, Behardien getting a few away now, charges out, heaves the cutter down the ground with all his momentum, and it just sneaks over the rope, beating long on

18.6

Mills to Behardien, FOUR, Mills' figures have been rearranged badly this over, Behardien has flashed the final delivery to the deep point rope

End of over 19 (21 runs) Titans 160/3 (RR: 8.42)
F Behardien    38* (19b 1x4 2x6)      KD Mills    4-0-42-1
RE van der Merwe    3* (2b)      MD Bates    3-0-21-1

19.1

Azhar Mahmood to van der Merwe, 1 run, full down the pads, flicked down to fine leg

19.2

Azhar Mahmood to Behardien, 2 runs, around the blockhole on the stumps, wristily worked through midwicket, Behardien charges back for two

19.3

Azhar Mahmood to Behardien, 1 run, slow, loopy, full and wide outside off, crashed straight to sweeper cover

19.4

Azhar Mahmood to van der Merwe, 1 run, almost yorks himself but still manages to nudge it to midwicket

19.5

Azhar Mahmood to Behardien, 1 run, OUT, walks out and slogs a full delivery down the ground, they go back for the second, direct hit by Guptill from long on, RVDM has to go, despite his dive

RE van der Merwe run out 5 (12m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

19.6

Azhar Mahmood to Behardien, SIX, for once, Mahmood errs by sending in a gentle leg side full toss and Behardien happily mows it over deep midwicket

Titans taking 33 off the last two overs courtesy Behardien. Rudolph says this pitch was more difficult than the one at Centurion. Says the bounce is spongy, and it is hard to play strokes. Batsmen will have to capitalise on the new ball, he feels, after which he hopes his spinners can come into play

End of over 20 (12 runs) Titans 172/4
F Behardien    48* (23b 1x4 3x6)      Azhar Mahmood    4-0-32-1
HG Kuhn    0* (0b)      KD Mills    4-0-42-1
Tournament Results
Lions v Syd Sixers at Johannesburg - Oct 28, 2012
Syd Sixers won by 10 wickets (with 45 balls remaining)
Syd Sixers v Titans at Centurion - Oct 26, 2012
Syd Sixers won by 2 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
Daredevils v Lions at Durban - Oct 25, 2012
Lions won by 22 runs
Daredevils v Titans at Centurion - Oct 23, 2012
No result (abandoned with a toss)
Auckland v Scorchers at Centurion - Oct 23, 2012
Scorchers won by 16 runs
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Photos

Oct 17, 2012

Alfonso Thomas celebrates the wicket of Lou Vincent, Auckland Aces v Titans, Group A, Champions League T20, Durban, October 17, 2012

Alfonso Thomas celebrates the wicket of Lou Vincent

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Oct 17, 2012

Ethy Mbhalati picked up three wickets, Auckland Aces v Titans, Group A, Champions League T20, Durban, October 17, 2012

Ethy Mbhalati picked up three wickets

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