Ranchi: Chasing 146 in 20 overs was certainly not a titanic ask, but still one didn’t expect the Titans to make it look so embarrassingly easy at the end.
The way the South African team went about their task, humiliating the Sunrisers by eight wickets, at the JSCA International Stadium, on Saturday, it appeared as if it was a seniors versus juniors match.
Titans’ openers, captain Henry Davids and Jacques Rudolph, toyed with the opponent bowling as they shared a 112-run partnership in just 12 overs to shut out any hope the Sunrisers had.
In this so-called game of youth, Davids and Rudolph, whose combined ages cross the 66-year mark, showed that age always has an edge. Both played mature-yet-attractive cricket to harvest runs almost at their will. While the 33-year-old Davids made 64 off just 42 balls, Rudolph, a year younger, remained unbeaten on a 42-ball 49.
By the time the Sunrisers got Davids out, the match had already slipped out of their grip. Though AB de Villiers was out in a hurry, Heino Kuhn, along with Rudolph, ensured safety as the Titans picked up their second victory with 21 balls to spare.
Titans’ coach Rob Walter claimed that they are improving with every match. “The result shows that it was quite an easy game in the end… But the Sunrisers are a good team and we had to do our best... We came out of off-season to play here... So there was a little rustiness in our initial games… I would say that we are at about our 80 per cent capability. We hope to improve on that,” Walter said after the match.
Walter’s counterpart, Tom Moody admitted that his team could do little and they were thoroughly outplayed by the Titans. “Shikhar (Dhawan) and Parthiv (Patel) had given us a nice platform to go for at least 175 runs… But we fell in a heap. We tried to fight… But the bottom line is that we were totally outplayed,” Moody said.