Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    8.2 Eden keeps Titans alive. O'Keefe slogs all around a straight length ball. He misses it by a long way, and his stumps are a shambles 85/2
    4.5 slower ball. Titans arrest the slide. Thomas is their man. Slower ball surprises him completely, and he is early into this drive, lobbing it towards cover. This match has ebbed and flowed nicely 54/1
    9.6 Sixers are disintegrating. Titans are there to accept the chances. Steve Smith has just come in, and initiates what looks like a suicidal single. Maddinson has just dropped this at his feet, and is not even thinking of leaving his crease, but when he looks up he sees Smith charging at him like a train. Not sure why Maddinson has sacrificed himself here. He was the man in, never mind that SS is an international 92/4
    9.5 Titans are back. What a match. Swinging this way and that like a drunkard. Haddin, a stylish hitter down the ground, tries a slog sweep here, with three men back on the on side, and top-edges this to deep midwicket. Boy, are the Titans pumped? And boy, has the crowd refound its voice? 92/3
    12.3 Henriques has done to Smith what Smith did to Maddinson. This is a crazy match. Again Smith has not put enough distance between the ball and keeper Kuhn, and he is also on the back foot. Henriques, though, calls him through for a non-existent single, and makes sure he runs past Smith. No sacrifice needed in such scenarios. Wonder what Smith and Maddinson will discuss in the dugout 113/5
    15.6 Henriques is trying to finish this game off in this over, and this time the mis-hit pull goes to hand. He is shimmying down the track when Mbhalati slips in a short delivery that cramps him up. Henriques goes ahead with the pull, and top edges it high towards long-on. This game is still on. To use Andrew Miller's words, it is twisting and turning like an insomniac in a mosquito pit 132/6
    19.2 Cause an eruption is what it will do. Rohrer gets a length ball on off with mid-off up, and he sees the opportunity to close the game here. He is slightly early into the shot, and hits it straight to van der Merwe at mid-off who takes this lowish catch with fingers pointing up 158/8
    16.1 and Thomas has stuck with the first ball back. This is a slower grubber and McCullum is a sitting duck. A golden one at that. Doesn't pick the change of pace, but that's not even half the story. The ball hardly leaves the ground and hits his shin smack in front. Not much you can do with that 132/7
    not out
    not out
    10 (b 1, lb 4, w 5)
    164/8 (20 Overs, RR: 8.20)
    Did not bat: JR Hazlewood
    Fall of wickets: 1-54 (MJ Lumb, 4.5 ov), 2-85 (SNJ O'Keefe, 8.2 ov), 3-92 (BJ Haddin, 9.5 ov), 4-92 (NJ Maddinson, 9.6 ov), 5-113 (SPD Smith, 12.3 ov), 6-132 (MC Henriques, 15.6 ov), 7-132 (NL McCullum, 16.1 ov), 8-158 (BJ Rohrer, 19.2 ov)
    ER Links3.002418.0062100
    NE Mbhalati4.003418.50104100
    AC Thomas4.003629.00113220
    CJD de Villiers3.0031110.3385020
    RE van der Merwe4.002315.75101110
    D Wiese2.001105.5051000

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