Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai
Preview: Match 12 - Titans vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Titans, SRH look for second win as Group B plot thickens
Match 12 of the Karbonn Smart CLT20 2013 will feature the Titans and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Both teams have won one match apiece from their two outings. The Titans lost their opening match against the Chennai Super Kings, but recovered to clinch a close match against Brisbane Heat. Sunrisers Hyderabad meanwhile defeated Trinidad & Tobago in their opening fixture, before being blown away by CSK skipper MS Dhoni in their most recent match.
Three teams in Group B – including the Titans and SRH – are currently tied on four points and the winner of this match will take a step closer to qualifying for the knockouts. A defeat doesn’t necessarily mean end of the road for the losers, but they will need other results to go their way apart from winning the final league fixture.
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 4 pm IST
JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi
The Titans’ batting scorecard in the match against Brisbane Heat told a sorry tale, with the team being guilty of not batting out their allotted 20 overs and folding for 125. Seven batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores, while skipper Henry Davids’ 39 was the top score of the innings. A lot of the responsibility of scoring will lie on the shoulders of AB de Villiers. Ranked among the best batsmen in the world currently, de Villiers looked good in his previous two outings in the competition. Based on what one saw in the previous match at the venue, the pitch promises a lot of runs – much to the liking of AB de Villiers, who likes the ball coming on to the bat.
Though the Titans are a pace-heavy attack, it has been the left-arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe who has given them early breakthroughs in both their matches. With four left-handers in the Sunrisers top order, the Titans skipper might contemplate using a different strategy in this game. It may be time for Morne Morkel and Marchant de Lange to step up and cause some serious damage with the new ball.
The Sunrisers lost their previous match against CSK, but they will take a lot of confidence from the fact that they came within 12 runs of winning the match, after being set a very stiff target of 203. Opponents would spend a lot of time planning strategies for SRH skipper Shikhar Dhawan and Thisara Perera, and rightfully so; while Dhawan has been batting like a dream, Perera has this reputation of being a player who can do a lot of damage in very little time. But the other batsmen in the line-up have made important contributions too; the diminutive Parthiv Patel has often set the pace at the top of the innings and has scored just as many runs as his opening partner. Meanwhile, JP Duminy and Darren Sammy have chipped in with runs at crucial junctures as well.
On the field, Dale Steyn will be expected to strike early and keep the runs down. Off the field, he will play a crucial role in helping his team plan strategies for different batsmen and give insights to the batsmen on what to expect from the Titans bowlers – having played with or against them back home. The Sunrisers will expect the sparingly-used Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma to strike big too.
Trivia: Teams have scored in excess of 180 runs in four of the six innings played at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium in this competition.
Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan have given Sunrisers Hyderabad starts in every match so far in this competition; they’ve had partnerships of 121, 68, 20, 35 and 87 in the team’s five matches.
In their two outings so far in the main draw of the Karbonn Smart CLT20 2013, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have picked up a wicket even before their opponents had a run on the board.
Both teams will head to Ahmedabad to play their next fixtures, scheduled for September 30. While the Titans will clash with Trinidad & Tobago, the Sunrisers will lock horns with Brisbane Heat.