Brisbane Heat v Titans, Group B, CLT20, Mohali September 24, 2013

Titans quicks defend low total


Titans 123 (Davids 39, Gale 4-10) beat Brisbane Heat 119 (Hopes 37, de Lange 3-13) by four runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Less-than-perfect batting and excellent bowling usually make for tight contests and today was no different, with both teams being dismissed on a fast Mohali pitch. Titans bounced back from being all out for 123, to beating Brisbane Heat by four runs, in the most exciting finish of the tournament so far. The loss, the Heat's second, drastically reduced their chances of making the semi-finals.

Heat had lost their first match in similar fashion, too, failing to chase Trinidad & Tobago's 135. Today's pursuit posed a similar challenge, but they disintegrated against controlled fast bowling. They needed 10 of the final over, bowled by Marchant de Lange, but they lost three wickets instead, two because of run-outs. The match ended with de Lange bowling Alister McDermott.

Titans needed a strong performance to defend a low total and de Lange led the way, pulling his team out of the batting rut with pace and verve. Debutant Matthew Gale's four wickets had put the Heat in a strong position, but their wayward batting cost them on a quick surface, the kind Australian sides are supposed to be familiar with.

Titans captain, Henry Davids, once again opened the bowling with Roelof van der Merwe's left-arm spin, but it was Rowan Richards who provided the breakthrough by dismissing Joe Burns. De Lange then hurt the chase by striking twice in his first over: Peter Forrest's uppish clip was caught at square-leg, and Cutting top-edged an 89-mph ball he didn't know much about.

James Hopes, the Heat captain, and Daniel Christian attempted to revive the innings, and they almost did with a 44-run stand for the fourth wicket, but they fell in quick succession. Christian's stumps was shattered by Richards, while Hopes fell to van der Merwe after having survived a missed stumping the previous ball.

The rising asking-rate needed to be brought down but the Heat lower order continued to struggle against pace. Morne Morkel and David Wiese bowled well too, picking up a wicket each, but de Lange and Richards were the most impressive. De Lange finished with three wickets, including bowling a tense last over.

Heat's batting failure followed a dramatic Titans collapse after the South African side had made a strong start. Gale dismissed Jacques Rudolph in the second over, but Davids and Heino Kuhn counterattacked immediately during the fielding restrictions. They were particularly harsh on Alister McDermott, who conceded 16 in his first over, the sixth of the innings.

The second wicket had added 69 in quick time when Kuhn skied Ben Cutting after making 31 off 27 balls. Davids followed soon after for 39 off 31 balls, run out while attempting a risky single.

Wickets tumbled quickly thereafter, with the big one - AB de Villiers - also getting run out after a mix-up with Farhaan Behardien in the 15th over. The rest of the batsmen threw their wickets away, with the last three falling in the 19th over bowled by Gale. A total of 123 seemed below par at the time, but Titans' quicks proved it was just enough.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Amin on September 25, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    And this is how M.Morkal took the highest number of wickets in IPL 2012.

  • Logan on September 25, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    I think Titans will have it tough against T&T and Hyderbad . They will have to contend with Badree & Naraine from T & T , and DS & Mishra from Hyderbad.Their batting is pretty average in good conditions for bowlers.however I will be glad if they prove me wrong

  • Logan on September 25, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    The Brisbane Heat batsmen are making a total mockery of their bowling finesse.Seems like they will never overcome any score they chase.

  • Samrat on September 25, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Marchant De Lange reminds me of Patrick Patterson.the pace,the awkard approach to the crease and his delivery stride(though he drags his front foot a little) are all similar,I dont know if anyone else feels the same way.

  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Poor Brisbane Heat, honestly, that was some of the most ordinary batting I've seen on tv, im sure selectors can find hidden young talents instead of what was showing lastnight.

  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Well pLayed Titans...but one thing y is Mosehle doing in ur team.he is nt a powerful batter soif u r having Kuhn,Devilliers as ur wicketkeepers in ur team so y cant u bring in a new bowlre or batsmen like Graeme van Buuren in place of struggling Mosehle ..Plz iw wnt u to win this champions league t20 since u r having a true legend & matchwinner In A.B dEVILLIERS(A.B),

  • Bryant on September 25, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    It was great bowling from the two sides. Amazing to see that much seam deviation on an Indian wicket. The debate on IPL taking other franchises players is a dud as far as I am concerned. It was agreed that where players qualify for two teams, the player picks their preferred choice and the 'losing franchise is reimbursed (I think from memory, somewhere between $150k and $300k). I would imagine that this process was completed in consultation with both fanchises. What it comes down to is that nearly all franchises outside of IPL teams would not be able to afford to pay this 'transfer' amount. In the case of the heat I am pretty certain that they would not mind getting an extra half a million dollars into their coffers.

    Please publish to stop this mindless debate

  • Nick on September 24, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    As a Brisbane local, let me say that the Heat AREN'T that good a side and I'm not surprised that they are losing in this standard of competition. They were very lucky to win the Big Bash, coming from a long way back then winning sudden death matches, relying on other results then winning the semi final and final away from home against higher ranked teams. Further, the Big Bash is not a very high standard competition, as it's played in December / January when the vast bulk of the best players have international commitments, so the international players playing aren't necessarily the best. There are also 8 teams spread across 6 states, so there are several Queensland players who play for other interstate franchises, as there is just not enough decent Aussie players to go around, so they all poach each others local talent. The reality is that there is not 1 player in the current Heat side who would make a first choice Aussie side in any of the 3 formats.

  • Freeza on September 24, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    This was the most exciting match of the tournament for me, really good to see a helpful deck in India and some quality fast bowling (de Lange and Morkel).