Champions League Twenty20, Group A: Auckland v Titans at Durban, Oct 17, 2012
Titans won by 59 runs
Played at Kingsmead, Durban
17 October 2012 (20-over match)

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


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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • JA Rudolph 5 (3b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 1-0-8-0

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.


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

Quite windy out there


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


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


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


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


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)
    • JA Rudolph 10 (6b 2x4)
    • MD Bates 1-0-11-0
    • 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


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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • JA Rudolph 15 (10b 3x4)
    • KD Mills 2-0-17-0
    • MD Bates 1-0-11-0

Here's the man in form, Azhar Mahmood


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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • H Davids 17 (11b 3x4)
    • Azhar Mahmood 1-0-7-0
    • 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.


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


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


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


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


Adams to Rudolph, no run, forced away to midwicket


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)
    • H Davids 17 (11b 3x4)
    • AR Adams 1-0-5-0
    • Azhar Mahmood 1-0-7-0

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


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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • JA Rudolph 22 (20b 4x4)
    • MD Bates 2-0-13-0
    • AR Adams 1-0-5-0

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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • JA Rudolph 25 (22b 4x4)
    • AR Adams 2-0-21-0
    • MD Bates 2-0-13-0

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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • H Davids 32 (21b 4x4 1x6)
    • RM Hira 1-0-9-0
    • 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


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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • M van Jaarsveld 1 (2b)
    • Azhar Mahmood 2-0-14-1
    • RM Hira 1-0-9-0

Hira to Rudolph, 1 run, worked through midwicket


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


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


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


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


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)
    • JA Rudolph 38 (32b 5x4)
    • RM Hira 2-0-16-0
    • Azhar Mahmood 2-0-14-1

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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • M van Jaarsveld 6 (7b)
    • Azhar Mahmood 3-0-20-1
    • RM Hira 2-0-16-0

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


Hira to Rudolph, 1 run


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


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


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


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)
    • JA Rudolph 45 (38b 6x4)
    • RM Hira 3-0-22-0
    • 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


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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • F Behardien 0 (0b)
    • KD Mills 3-0-21-1
    • RM Hira 3-0-22-0

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


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


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


Hira to Behardien, 2 runs


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


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)
    • F Behardien 4 (4b)
    • RM Hira 4-0-28-0
    • KD Mills 3-0-21-1

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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • F Behardien 5 (6b)
    • AR Adams 3-0-27-0
    • RM Hira 4-0-28-0

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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • F Behardien 6 (7b)
    • C de Grandhomme 1-0-9-0
    • AR Adams 3-0-27-0

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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • JA Rudolph 62 (54b 7x4)
    • AR Adams 4-0-35-0
    • C de Grandhomme 1-0-9-0

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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • RE van der Merwe 0 (0b)
    • MD Bates 3-0-21-1
    • AR Adams 4-0-35-0

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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • RE van der Merwe 3 (2b)
    • KD Mills 4-0-42-1
    • MD Bates 3-0-21-1

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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • HG Kuhn 0 (0b)
    • Azhar Mahmood 4-0-32-1
    • KD Mills 4-0-42-1





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