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Upbeat Aces face Titans

Durban: Spirited to the core and unbeaten so far, qualifiers Auckland Aces would be up against a tough challenge when they take on South African side Titans in their second Group A match of the Champions League T20 on Wednesday.

Having defeated IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday, Auckland is a team on a roll given that they had won both their qualifying matches as well. Devoid of any big stars, the Gareth Hopkins-led team has been a surprise package with their gritty performances. Titans are also interestingly a similar unit and it should be a battle of equals.

But being the home team, Titans will have the slight edge even though Auckland, making their CLT20 debut this year have adjusted remarkably after arriving quite early for the tournament. “We’ve come from winter back home and it required adapting to the conditions here before the tournament started,” Auckland opener Lou Vincent has said.

An enterprising batting line-up has been Auckland’s strength and this was revealed in match against KKR with good contributions coming from the top order even though the target to chase was not huge. (PTI)