Titans make light work of Sunrisers' target

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The Titans increased their Champions League Twenty20 semi-final chances with an easy eight-wicket win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday, with Henry Davids and David Wiese the stars for the South African franchise.

The Titans increased their Champions League Twenty20 semi-final chances with an easy eight-wicket win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday, with Henry Davids and David Wiese the stars for the South African franchise.

The Titans restricted the IPL team to 145 for seven, with Wiese taking three wickets. The men in blue then scored 147 for two in 16.3 overs, with DAvids' half century complimenting Jacques Rudolph's 49 not out.

The Sunrisers were put in to bat after losing the toss, and initially it looked like a bad decision by Titans skipper Davids. India star Shikhar Dhawan went to town on the opening bowlers, and they soon went at 10 to the over.

Dhawan and Parthiv Patel put on 63 for the first wicket, before the former was out in the seventh over. He had made 37 runs off 21 balls, including seven fours, before being caught by Morne Morkel off Wiese.

Patel was Wiese's next victim, bowled for 26 two overs later, while his third scalp came in the form of Hanuma Vihari, who was brilliantly caught by Davids in the deep for six.

After their cracking start, the Sunrisers lost the plot as the Titans bowlers clawed their way back, and only a brisk 27 not out by fast bowler Dale Steyn pushed the score to a somewhat competitive total.

The Titans top order, featuring four South Africa players, made light work of the target. Davids and Rudolph put on a stand of 112 for the first wicket, going at 10 to the over before Steyn removed countryman Davids for 64.

This left Rudolph and Proteas ODI skipper AB de Villiers to continue, needing just 34 more runs with eight overs to go. De Villiers was unable to see the game out though, skying Ishant Sharma to Thisara Perera at long on for nine.

Rudolph and Heino Kuhn were up to the task and ended the game with 21 balls to spare, though veteran opener Rudolph fell one run short of his half century. The win put the Titans level on points at the top of the table.

Titans: Henry Davids, Jacques Rudolph, AB de Villiers, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Roelof van der Merwe, Mangaliso Mosehle, Heino Kuhn, Morne Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Rowan Richards

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Parthiv Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, JP Duminy, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Biplap Samantray, Hanuma Vihari, Karn Sharma, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma

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