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Anand Subramaniam in Ranchi

Third time’s the charm for Rudolph

Titans opener glad to bat his team to a win over SRH

Jacques Rudolph ambled back to the pavilion after scoring 21 (17 balls) in Titans’ first game of the Champions league T20 against the Chennai Super Kings. He was run-out after a misunderstanding with his captain Henry Davids, and an innings that looked like going all the way was cut short. In the next game against the Brisbane Heat at the PCA stadium in Mohali, he got out playing a rash shot outside the off stump and scored just one.

But in his third game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Jacques Rudolph was intent to play a big innings for his side and so he did. He scored an unbeaten 49 (42 balls) to help the Titans register their second win in the competition, and not surprisingly Rudolph was a happy man. “It was very much a satisfying performance on a personal front.” Rudolph said as he spoke to clt20.com after the match. “I have been training really well and I am striking the ball well in the nets. Unfortunately I could not get going in the first two innings, but fortunately it worked out for me tonight. It was nice for me to go through the innings and spend some time in the middle.”

Rudolph was also happy with the team’s all-round performance, especially when the batting and the bowling failed to click as a unit in their first two games. He said, “As a team in the first game, we batted extremely well and in the second game we bowled exceptionally well, but I think this is the first time we have done well in both the departments collectively. The way the Sunrisers started with their batting, for us to restrict them to 145 was a great effort. In all we did really well.”

So did the side have some special plans to counter fellow South African, Dale Steyn? “Dale is a world-class bowler and he is also a good friend of ours; we treat him with a little bit of respect, at times,” smirked Rudolph.

Titans now have eight points in three games with a game remaining against Trinidad & Tobago. There are other teams in the group who have an equal opportunity to make it to the next stage of the tournament, and Rudolph said that the win against the Sunrisers was vital. “It was important for us not just to win, but win comprehensively tonight (against SRH) because the net run-rate might come into play a little bit later. But I think we have got momentum now and it is just up to us to carry it through hopefully into the semis and hopefully later into the finals.”

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