Titans v Trinidad & Tobago, CLT20, Ahmedabad September 29, 2013

Titans a win away from semis

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Match facts

Monday, September 30, 2013
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

With Chennai Super Kings through to the semi-finals and Brisbane Heat out of the competition, the race for the second semi-final spot in Group B is down to three teams. Titans are currently in second place with eight points and a game to play. Their opponents on Monday, Trinidad & Tobago, have two more to play and are on four points. A win for Titans will take them to the semi-finals, consigning the remaining games in the group to dead rubbers. A win for T&T will open up the group again, creating a scenario where there could be three teams tied on eight points, with net run rate coming in to play.

T&T will be playing after a gap of six days. Their bowlers set up their opening victory against Brisbane Heat, and they applied the same pressure against Sunrisers Hyderabad, until they ran into Thisara Perera. The dew became a decisive factor in their defence of 160 and, as a result, the bowlers suffered with their lengths and the fielders struggled to hold on to their catches.

Titans are coming off a crushing victory against Sunrisers. Having restricted Sunrisers to an underwhelming 145 after a wayward start, their top order was hardly stretched in the chase. As was expected from South African sides, the fielding was sharp enough to pin down the opposition.

The weather, however, will be a factor. Incessant rain in Ahmedabad washed out the double-header on September 23 but the weather persisted, forcing the match between Lions and Mumbai Indians to be moved to Jaipur. There were fears that Monday's double-header would be shifted out too, but the rain has ceased in the last few days, allowing the ground staff to get the playing surface ready. However, scattered storms are predicted for Monday and it will keep the organisers on their toes, having taken the risk of not shifting the matches for safety's sake.

In the spotlight

Rowan Richards, the left-arm fast bowler, is currently leading the wicket charts for Titans with six wickets, and he has also been economical, at 6.16 per over. He has picked wickets in all three games, bowling first change.

Sunil Narine might not command a place in the West Indies Test squad, but is an automatic selection for club or country in T20s. Against Sunrisers, he got the ball to turn, skid and beat the bat regularly to finish with top figures of 4 for 9 from his four overs, even as the other T&T bowlers were struggling to come to terms with the dew. Those in the Titans line-up who haven't faced him earlier will be wary.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    T&T should win this match and get 8 points with NRR already more than Titans. SRH has to win big margin with BH to fight for qualify to Semis....

    If T&T win this match, they should remember not to lose big defeat with CSK...If happens, Titans may have chance...

  • Cyril_Knight on September 30, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    What a match this would be if those players forced to play for IPL franchises were available for their real clubs, the ones that trained them from boys. This tournament is so weighted in the IPL teams favour (obviously to get crowds/TV audiences), until this is changed it will never be worthy of the name "Champions."

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    I think Titans will win this one , it's about time for the Titans middle order to start scoring runs heading into the semis to take the workload off Davids and AB.

  • anver777 on September 30, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Titans vs T&T - its a battle of T's for crucial semi berth.....very difficult to predict a winner !!!!

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    I would like Titans to win this match, since they have decent batting & bowling attack compared to T&T. Davids and ABD can win the matches on there own no doubt about that. I'm eagerly waiting to see Narine vs ABD, Rampaul vs Davids.

  • BrendonMC on September 30, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    The big question is that Titians ,made only 1 big score against Chennai in a due affected game.i think they will be struggling against Naraine,Budree and Ravi and also they are relying 2 heavily on AB & Davids to score for the.What happens if AB goes and henry,It may well be that they enter in the the semis but what a pity they get a chokinh feeling to progress into the finals

  • android_user on September 30, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Titans has ability to beat any team in this competition. . .apart from ab deviliers Der r other v good batsmens . . so still I believe its otago, csk, rr, Titans in semis n titans vs csk in finals n csk losing a v close match

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    It's narine against rechards. De villers have to play well to rescue his team to the semifinal. A win here for t & t will open the group. We are expecting a close contest. MI will definitely pray for t & t.

  • wanatawu on September 30, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Come on Titans you can do it.Knockout game. I noticed without the batting of AB and Davids, there is not much going on there

  • dummy4fb on September 30, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Big game today for the mighty Red Force. Barath/Perkins for Pooran and J.Mohammed for Ottley and we will get over the line!