In a low scoring encounter, Titans managed to hold their nerve pull out a victory from the clutches of defeats at the very last moment. Chasing a modest total of 123, Brisbane Heat was bundled out for a mere 119 runs and now find themselves at the bottom of the table.
Titans who were put into bat by Heats’ captain J Hopes, lost their opener J Rudolph in the very second over. But Henry Davids 39 (31) and Heino Kuhn 31 (27) negotiated the swing and batted on stitching a strong partnership of 74 runs before the later was caught of B.Cutting. Davids was run out in the very next over. AB De Villiers 28(19) started his cameo before he too failed to make his ground, taking a quick single. The rest of the batting fell like pack of cards as the Titans were bundled out for 123 in 18.5 overs. Brisbane Heat chase started on a disastrous note as three of their regular batsmen were back in their hut by the time the score reached 24. Dan Christian and Hopes then started their rescue mission but failed to get a move on. But wickets fell at regular interval and the match moved to a gripping finish.
Marchant De Lange who was the chief destructor in the early stages came to bowl the final over to bundle out the tail. He ended up with a figure of 4-13-3 for which he was awarded the Man of Match.
Beehive placement of Marchant De Lange FUNDA:
- 4 for 10 by Matthew Gale is the best for any bowler on CLT20 debut.
- 4 run victory of the Titans is the third narrowest win in CLT20.
- Titan’s total of 123 is the lowest total successfully defended by any side in a Twenty20 match at Mohali. It is also the joint third lowest total successfully defended in a CLT20 match. The match aggregate of 242 is the lowest ever in CLT20 where both sides were dismissed.
Perera’s all round show put Sunrisers on top: First with the ball and then with the bat, Thisara Perera powered Sunrisers to their first league game victory over Trinidad & Tobago. The Srilankan all rounder took 2/26 and scored 57 off 32 to post a 4 wicket victory over Trinidad & Tobago
Darren Bravo’s 66 of 44 deliveries [ 5-4’s, 4-6’s] helped the Caribbean side post a defendable total of 160 against the Sunrisers. The TT side’s middle order came to party as they hammered Dale Styen [4-41-1] all around the park. Darren Sammy [21/2] and Thisara Perera [26/2] were the only bowlers who were able to curtail the run flow. Bravo got good support from the other end with quick contributions from Ramdin, Lewis and Mohammed. The Sunrisers chase started off well with skipper Dhawhan 23(18) and P.Patel 17(15) scoring a flurry of boundaries to give a good start. The middle stood firm and inched towards the total with caution. However two quick wickets saw the run rate rise and match slipping out of Sunrisers hands. Thisara Perera stepped in and stomped the ball into all parts of the stands with ease. He cleared the ropes comfortably and found the gap with precision. A well played 57 (32) [ 4-4’s, 4-6’s] moved the Sunrisers closer to victory. Karan Sharma completed the proceedings with a boundary and a six to ensure the victory.