By BV Swagath
Titans collected their second win in three matches to keep their hopes of making it to the Semis alive. Sunrisers Hyderabad, the favourites in this Group B match against Titans at Ranchi were defeated comprehensively by 8 wickets. The Shikhar Dhawan led Sunrisers are in the danger of getting eliminated from the tournament and will have to win their final game against Brisbane Heat to have any chances of the Semis spot.
Put into bat first, Sunrisers got off to a flier from Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv with the left-handed opening combination putting up 62 on the board in just 6.3 overs. Shikhar Dhawan was the first to be dismissed, upper cutting David Wiese to thirdman after an attractive 37 from 21 balls (with 7 fours and a six). Very soon, the same bowler with a slower one got Parthiv Patel (26 from 24 balls) bowled through the gate.
Sunrisers lost its way very badly after the exit of its openers. It lost three wickets in succession which included the key wicket of JP Duminy, who was cleaned up by a pacy yorker from Marchant de Lange. Duminy was scratching around with 17 from 28 balls and his dismissal left Sunrisers at 102 for 5 in 16 overs.
At the business end of its innings, the Sunrisers had a double blow losing Darren Sammy and Thisara Perera to slip to 112 for 7 by the 18th over. Fortunately, Sunrisers ended with a healthy total of 145 for 7 with Dale Steyn contributing 27 not out from 12 balls. For the Titans, Skipper Henry Davids, who opened the bowling with his off breaks conceded only 18 off his 4 overs. The key performer was David Wiese, whose 3 for 17 in 4 overs set up the match in favour of the Titans.
The run chase for the South African domestic team was sealed by 112-run stand for the opening wicket between the in-form Henry Davids (64 from 42 balls with 7 fours and 4 sixes) and Jacques Rudolph (49* from 42 balls). The match was wrapped up in just 16.3 overs which will certainly boost the net run rate of the Titans. Skipper Henry Davids got the Man of the Match award for his all-round performance.
Toss and Teams: Titans have won the toss and asked Sunrisers Hyderabad to bat first at Ranchi under overcast conditions. Titans remain unchanged while Sunrisers have brought in Biplab Samantray for Ashish Reddy.
Titans: Jacques Rudolph, Henry Davids (C), Heino Kuhn, AB de Villiers, Roelof van der Merwe, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Mangaliso Mosehle (WK), Morne Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Rowan Richards
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Parthiv Patel (WK), Shikhar Dhawan (C), Hanuma Vihari, Jean-Paul Duminy, Biplab Samantray, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Karan Sharma, Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma