CLT20: Rudolph And Davids Star In Titans Win

Steyn in delivery stride
Dale Steyn was effective with both bat and ball but it was South African franchise Titans who prevailed in Ranchi.
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Titans 147-2 (Davids 64, Rudolph 49no) beat
Sunrisers Hyderabad 145-7 by 8 wickets
Champions League T20, Group B Match, Ranchi

Titans recorded their second win of the Champions League T20 by comfortably dispatching Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in Ranchi.

Skipper Henry Davids was the aggressor in an opening stand of 112 with Jacques Rudolph as Titans chased down their target of 146 with more than three overs to spare. 33 year-old Davids had earlier delivered an economical spell of medium-pace (1-18) to help restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to 145 for seven after they had been asked to bat. Fellow seamers David Wiese and Rowan Richards also starred, returning figures of three for 17 and one for 24 respectively.

Sunrisers’ prolific openers Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel had again got their side off to a good start, adding 62 in 39 balls. However, captain Dhawan was caught off Wiese for 37 off 21 balls and there was little of note thereafter until Dale Steyn clubbed five boundaries at the end of the innings en route to 27 not out off 12 balls.

JP Duminy struggled in making 17 in 28 deliveries, while the middle-order of Hanuma Vihari, Biplab Samantray, Thisara Perera and Darren Sammy all fell cheaply. It was the slower seam bowlers who did the damage for Titans, with Morne Morkel and Marchant de Lange both conceding more than 40 runs from their four overs.

The win was never in doubt for the Titans after Davids and Rudolph had added 112 in 12 overs. Rudolph stayed until the end, finishing on 49 off 42 balls, to ensure that there would be no repeat of the Sunrisers’ middle-order struggles from earlier in the evening. By contrast, it was the faster bowlers who were the picks of the Sunrisers attack. Dale Steyn took one for 23 from his four overs - finally having Davids caught for 64 off 42 balls - while Ishant Sharma took one for 32 from his four.

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