Sunrisers Hyderabad v Titans, CLT20, Ranchi September 28, 2013

Davids helps Titans stroll to win


Titans 147 for 2 (Davids 64, Rudolph 49*) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 145 for 7 (Dhawan 37, Wiese 3-17) by 8 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Group B might still be the more open of the two groups, but Titans gave their chances of progressing quite a boost with a thumping victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Ranchi. That didn't look likely when Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel were belting some wayward bowling from Titans around in a rapid half-century opening stand, but, as has always been the worry for Sunrisers, their middle-order frailty was exposed and, this time, their bowlers failed to bail them out.

Captain Henry Davids, who has been prolific in most domestic games recently, and Jacques Rudolph - who had got into double digits only three times in his previous eight T20 innings - were involved in what was only the second century stand of the main tournament, as Titans chased down 146 without breaking a sweat. Davids took the early initiative, hitting six boundaries in the Powerplay, the highlight being an inside-hit off Dale Steyn over the covers for six. By the time he was dismissed for 64 in the 13th over, Titans needed just 34 more and Rudolph saw them through though he couldn't secure a half-century. Victory was sealed in the 17th over, with eight wickets to spare.

Sunrisers openers had got off to a similarly dominating start after being inserted. In their previous game, against Brisbane Heat, they had done superbly to defend 123, but before that a lack of discipline cost them dearly against Chennai Super Kings. They produced equally errant lines in this match, bowling consistently short and wide. Morne Morkel began with a relatively testing over to Parthiv Patel, angling the ball across him from over the wicket and inducing a couple of plays and misses. He then went round the wicket though, as did most of the bowlers, presumably to change the angle and cramp the two left-hand batsmen for room, but couldn't pull it off. Dhawan and Parthiv took advantage, lofting the repeated deliveries comfortably outside off stump over the infield.

Playing primarily in the air cost Dhawan when he picked out third man in the first over after the Powerplay. Seamer David Wiese was the bowler and, buoyed by that big wicket, he went on to turn the tide of the match. He had Parthiv bowled with a slower ball while hitting across the line and Hanuma Vihari caught brilliantly at midwicket with a well-directed short delivery.

The local batsmen continued to disappoint for Sunrisers. After Vihari was out for six, Biplab Samantray was stumped for no score, overbalancing while trying to flick a leg-side delivery. The three big overseas batting options, JP Duminy, Thisara Perera and Darren Sammy, also failed for Sunrisers - after Dhawan was dismissed, they managed just one boundary and 43 runs in 10 overs. Dhawan apart, they lost five more wickets in the same period.

A chunk of the credit for those wickets need go to Titans' sharp fielding. There was Davids' effort to dismiss Vihari - he had run across from midwicket to square leg and leapt to latch on to the skier - then there was Farhaan Behardien's spectacular take at long-off. Sammy had muscled the ball flat and hard in his direction, and Behardien must have been left with stinging palms as he jumped to intercept the rocketing ball. Keeper Mangaliso Mosehle then connected with a direct hit to send Perera back. If it hadn't been for some big hitting by Karn Sharma and Steyn in the final couple of overs - Steyn was particularly brutal on Marchant de Lange in the final over, making room and hitting two fours and two sixes - Titans' top order would have been even less tested than it was.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vinod on September 29, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    tragedy to see cameroon white resting on the bench...he would definitely have done a far better job than dhawan in leading the side. dhawan can focus on what he does the best - batting!

  • Srinivasan on September 29, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Take out mediocre players like Pererra. I don't know what is his role in the team. His bowling is mediocre and his mindless slogs will click in only 1 out of 10 matches.

  • Sammy on September 29, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    SRH lost due to Perera again!! Is there a quota system in IPL teams whereby you have to pick mediocre players like Perera. He is not good enough to even get 'lucky' wickets like Jadeja.

  • Blessing on September 28, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    What a crushing victory by the Titans and another good performance by Henry Davids keep it up lads. Dhawan is clueless as captain, not even close to thinking like a captain.

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    SRH simply relay on Dhawan, Partiv, Perrara and Sammy. if they fail what is the option, nothing. JP Dumminy is in terrible form and SRH should have gone with Camroon White at least in this match. But they are experimenting with Indian players which isn't working well. Wondering what does a player like Vihar doing in T20 set up. He is more suitable for long version of the game. Congrats to Titans now they have assured their semi finals spot. SRH even though they do wonders in their last match even then they will not qualify for semis.

  • binu on September 28, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    JP Dumini is not clicking as a T20 batsman for SRH eating lot of deliveries and not showing any intent to score quickly SRH made a big mistake by leaving Akshanth Readdy out of thier 15 ,he is in very good form Vihari is never a T 20 player and Biplab also not showing any confidence

  • o on September 28, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    I said before the tournament in regards to SRH the best 4 overseas for me would have to be Steyn the 2 all rounders and Cam White, JP just doesn't really impress me and Cam White is a far more fearsome prospect in T20 and came off fantastic form in the FPT20. The last 3 games really seem to have confirmed this for me I mean last game he was clueless v ordinary spin of Raina and today he really struggled 17 from 28balls was painfull to watch at times. Also feel SRH are much better getting either Sammy or Perrera in earlier rather than held back so they can try and impose themselves on the opposition and make a real impact.

  • o on September 28, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Davids has phenomenal footwork ,people make a lot of talk about Michael Clarke's footwork but for me Davids glides down the track even more effortlessly. I know it's just T20 but coming down the track to Dale Steyn and dispatching him over cover for 6 is something special ! great player love watching him bat and he seems to be good leader and team man too.

  • ESPN on September 28, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Well if titans loose to triden Tobago and maintain and SRH win it and have a super super like more than 10 than they have like chance yaa

  • Sandip on September 28, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Oh thisara Perera!! Get back on track very soon. I wish you won't disappoint me!!!

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