Sunrisers Hyderabad fall to a 8-wicket defeat to Titans, which dents their chances of making the semis. Catch all the highlights of the game, as they happened. (Match Scorecard | Points Table | Text Commentary)
Titans skipper and man-of-the-match Henry Davids: "Nice to get it right this time. We were looking down after the start they got but the bowlers pulled it back. We got few crucial wickets and we showed a lot of character in the middle. I enjoyed playing today, just gave myself a couple of balls before taking the attack to them and I am happy that it worked."
Shikhar Dhawan after loss: "We started off really well but the middle order batsmen could not make any significant scores. We lost wickets at regular intervals and ended up making a poor total despite Dale Steyn's show in the last over. We couldn't play the short ball well. The domestic players need to perform and score big. We can't rely on Perera and Sammy to push the score every game. We need to do a lot of work."
19:05 (IST) Heino Kuhn, the Titans wicket-keeper finishes it off with a four off Thisara Perera in the 17th over. Titans seal an 8-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad with 21 balls remaining. Jacques Rudolf (right) is unlucky to miss out on a well-deserved half-century and is unbeaten on 49 off 42 balls.
18:59 (IST) Heino Kuhn joins the party and pulls Dale Steyn for six over mid-wicket. Titans close in on a crushing win.
18:50 (IST) WICKET! AB de Villiers, who wanted to get on with it and finish the game in a jiffy, is out, caught by Thisara Perera at long on off Ishant Sharma. De Villiers made 9 off 7. Heino Kuhn is the next man in, partnering Jacques Rudolf. Titans 124/2 after 14 overs, need 22 more to win.
18:42 (IST) WICKET! Dale Steyn puts the break on Henry Davids' juggernaut. The Titans skipper skies it in the air and Darren Sammy takes the catch, running in from mid off. Titans 114/1 after 13 overs, need another 32 to win.
18:37 (IST) Davids displaying his repertoire of strokes, this time pulls out the paddle fine dab past fine-leg off Darren Sammy. Titans 112/0 after 12 overs, need another 34 to win.
18:29 (IST) Henry Davids reaches his half-century, in just 32 balls. He short-arm jabs Darren Sammy for a six, almost MS Dhoni style over deep mid-wicket. Titans are 93 for no loss and need just 53 more from 60 balls.
18:25 (IST) SIX! No mercy shown by the Titans here, Henry Davids attacks Amit Mishra this time and hammers him over long off for a huge maximum. Titans 84/0 after 9 overs, chasing 146.
18:21 (IST) SIX! Jacques Rudolf shows his class. First plays an excellent inside out extra cover drive for six, three balls later, he follows it up with a straight six over sight-screen. Titans 75/0 after 8 overs and Sunrisers are under serious pressure.
18:15 (IST) Henry Davids attacks Thisara Perera in his first over, hammers three fours off him. Titans 53/0 after 6 overs.
18:08 (IST) Henry Davids hit on the helmet by Ishant Sharma, and the pacer wants to claim the catch! No bat on it, only helmet and after a brief breather Davids is back on strike. Titans 39 for 0 after 5 overs, chasing 146 to win.
18:01 (IST) SIX! Davids at it again, comes down the track to Dale Steyn, creating room and hammering it over cover point for a six. Hyderabad 32 for 0 after 4 overs.
17:55 (IST) Ishant Sharma comes into the attack and Jacques Rudolf gets a streaky four off him past third man.
17:45 (IST) SIX! Henry Davids extends his uppish drive and it goes for six over extra cover. Titans 9 after 1 over.
17:43 (IST) Karn Sharma the leg spinner will open the attack for Sunrisers.
17:31 (IST) Dale Steyn hits two fours and two sixes off Marchant de Lange in the final over to take Sunrisers Hyderabad to 145/7. Steyn's 12-ball 27 not out has helped Sunrisers score a fighting total. Karn Sharma also chipped in with a crucial 6-ball 11*.
17:23 (IST) WICKET! Thisara Perera is run out after some excellent work by wicket keeper Mosehle. Karn Sharma misses the ball and Perera tries to steal a single and keeper hits the stumps from behind the wicket. Perera made 11. Hyderabad 117/7 after 18 overs.
17:15 (IST) WICKET! Darren Sammy tries to clear long off and is caught by Farhaan Behardien, who takes a sharp catch in the deep. Hyderabad 105 for 6 after 17 overs.
17:10 (IST) WICKET! Marchant de Lange strikes and JP Duminy is bowled. Duminy is cleaned up by a 146-kmph delivery. He made a painstaking 17 from 28 balls. Hyderabad 102/5 after 16 overs.
17:04 (IST) Sunrisers Hyderabad have lost the batting momentum, just one four has been hit in the last 5 overs. Hyderabad 98/4 after 15 overs.
16:52 (IST) WICKET! Biplab Samantray (0) is out stumped off a wide and Henry Davids gets a lucky breakthrough. Hyderabad 86/4 after 11.4 overs. Thisara Perera joins JP Duminy.
16:47 (IST) WICKET! Henry Davids takes a stunning running catch to remove new man Hanuma Vihari. Third wicket for David Wiese, who bowled a short ball and Vihari went for a pull. Davids ran around from mid wicket and held on to a difficult take. Vihari made 6 off 9. Hyderabad 83/3 after 10.5 overs.
16:37 (IST) WICKET! David Wiese strikes again and Parthiv Patel is out bowled. Parthiv tries to play across the line and misses the ball. He made 26 off 24 with 2 fours and 2 sixes. Hyderabad 75/2 after 9 overs.
16:31 (IST) WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan falls, caught by Morne Morkel off the bowling of David Wiese. Dhawan tries to go for an upper cut and is caught at third-man. Dhawan made 37 off 21 balls with 7 fours and a six. Hyderabad 64/1 after 7 overs. JP Duminy new man in.
16:20 (IST) SIX! Dhawan attacks Marchant de Lange in his 1st over. Follows up two fours with a six over square leg. Hyderabad 46/0 (5 overs)
16:12 (IST) Shikhar Dhawan beginning to show his class now. Rowan Richards comes into the attack and is hit for two fours by him, one over mid-on and one past point. Hyderabad 22/0 after 3 overs.
16:08 (IST) SIX! Parthiv Patel you beauty, what a hit! The left-hander slashes hard and hits Morne Morkel for six over extra cover.
16:03 (IST) After bowling a tight first five balls, Davids bowls down the leg side and Dhawan gets a faint tickle to it and it goes down the fine leg region for four. First four for Hyderabad, who are 6/0 after 1 over.
16:00 (IST) Titans to open the bowling with off-spin! Skipper Henry Davids to bowl to the two left-handers Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan.
15:52 (IST) Players making their way out in the middle.
15:38 (IST) Playing XIs:
Titans: Jacques Rudolph, Henry Davids(c), Heino Kuhn, AB de Villiers, Roelof van der Merwe, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Mangaliso Mosehle(w), Morne Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Rowan Richards.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Parthiv Patel(w), Shikhar Dhawan(c), Hanuma Vihari, Jean-Paul Duminy, Biplab Samantray, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Karan Sharma, Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.
Shikhar Dhawan: 'We batted pretty well in the last game and we would like to repeat that performance. Wicket looks good and I think we will be able to put up a good total. Darren Sammy is fit and will play. We have got just one change - Biplab Samantray replaces Ashish Reddy.'
Titans skipper Henry Davids: 'We will try to restrict them and take early wickets. We are here to play good cricket and grab some points. The pitch looks good and a score around 160 is chasable here.'
15:32 (IST) Titans skipper wins the toss, opts to field against Shikhar Dhawan's Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Titans are packed with quality players through the line-up, and both will know the significance of a win as Group B enters its final phase. After playing two matches, Titans and Hyderabad have a win and a loss each, although Hyderabad sit above Titans in the points table thanks to a marginally better net run-rate. With two games to play, the winner of this match will be much better placed to qualify for the semifinals.
Hyderabad can take heart from their performance against Chennai Super Kings on Thursday. Even though they suffered a 12-run loss, they managed to reach 190 in their chase of 202 with a performance filled with spirit and fight. Had it not been for a ballistic 19-ball 63 from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Chennai captain, Hyderabad may well have gone home happier.
Another pleasing development for Hyderabad, and it's something the Titans are sure to make note of, is the performance of Dale Steyn. After four games in which he failed to perform up to his own lofty standards, Steyn returned figures of 4-0-23-2 against Chennai. He dismissed Murali Vijay with his second delivery, but more impressively, he denied batsmen room, kept up the pressure in the death overs and was the most economical of Hyderabad's bowlers at 5.75.
Titans have big guns of their own in AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel, and they head into this game on the back of a narrow, four-run win over Brisbane Heat. While their batting let them down in that match, the bowlers put in a fine performance as Brisbane were bowled out for just 119, with Marchant de Lange returning impressive figures of 3 for 13.
Hyderabad will be wary of de Villiers and his ability to turn the match on its head. Against Chennai in their CLT20 opener, de Villiers slammed a 36-ball 77 in a knock which included everything from sweeps to scoops. A highlight of the match on Saturdaywill be the clash between Steyn and de Villiers, both South African team-mates. How de Villiers handles Steyn, if they face each other, could have a huge say in the outcome of the match. (Read full preview)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan (capt), Parthiv Patel (wk), JP Duminy, Biplab Samantray, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Ashish Reddy, Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma, G Hanuma Vihari, Cameron White, Clint McKay, Anand Rajan.
Titans: Henry Davids (capt), Jacques Rudolph, AB de Villiers, Farhaan Behardien, Heino Kuhn, David Wiese, Roelof van der Merwe, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Morne Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Rowan Richards, Ethy Mbhalati, Cornelius de Villiers, Eden Links, Graeme van Buuren.
Fighting spirit pleases Sunrisers' coach, but defensive bowling is a worry
Despite the loss, Tom Moody took heart from the manner in which his team fought all the way. A steep chase looked manageable when Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel put on a quick 87 for the first wicket. Their dismissals turned the game Chennai's way, but Darren Sammy epitomised the never-say-die attitude of the team, playing on despite a visibly painful injury after being struck by a Jason Holder yorker, to help the team respond with 190 for 7.
"One of the pleasing things is that we showed fight," said Moody. "That's something we did in IPL VI, we showed character as a side. We never gave in, and we won a lot of games that seemed to be lost. That hasn't changed, the spirit and the character is still there. But there were just a couple of passages of play where we let ourselves down after finding ourselves in good positions with bat and ball."
"Against a strong side, against some world class players, whether you're bowling spin or you're bowling quick, there're going to be times where you pay the price, because they're going to get on top of you. What was most disappointing for me with our bowling was our defensive bowling," he said. "I thought we attacked well up front, I thought we held Chennai very well in the first passage of bowling. But when it came to us defending - getting yorkers in, being smart with variations, getting the bouncer in at the right time - I thought our execution was poor, which cost us," he said.