Brisbane Heat bowled out Titans for 123 in 18.5 overs in the Group B match of the Champions League T20 2013 at Mohali on Tuesday. The wrecker in chief was Matthew Gale who picked up four for 10 — picking up three wickets in his last over.
Brisbane skipper James Hopes won an important toss in the overcast conditions and had no hesitation in fielding first on the track that had a lot of lateral movement. The toss was delayed by 45 minutes due to persistent rains. Brisbane left out Kemar Roach due to the shoulder injury. He was replaced Gale, who is the nephew of England bowling coach David Saker. Gale vindicated Hopes’s decision to bowl by picking a wicket off his second ball of his first over. Jacques Rudolph went after a wide delivery and ended up spooning an easy catch to Chris Sabburg at backward point.
Titans skipper and opener Henry Davids and Heino Kuhn then negotiated the swinging ball with caution but continued to play their shots thus not going into a shell. In the fifth over Hopes was carted for 12 runs. Alister McDermott, who picked up four wickets in the previous game against Trinidad and Tobago, was smashed for 16 runs in his opening over which was the last over before the powerplay. Davids took the attack on McDermott by unsettling him by lofting him over long-on. The next delivery was fuller which was carved through covers for a boundary through extra-covers. First six overs yielded 48 runs.
The duo added 69 for the second wicket before Kuhn fell to Ben Cutting, top-edging the bowler trying to repeat the shot off the previous delivery which was worked away using the pace of the ball through square-leg towards square-leg. Titans’ problems compounded as David fell in the next over run-out when he failed to respond to AB de Villiers call for a sharp single. His innings of 39 off 31 deliveries was nipped in the bud when it promised to flourish.
The pyrotechnics of de Villiers were seen when he danced down the track to Cutting and hit him past mid-wicket for a boundary. He then found the gap in the same area albeit this time he was standing still at the time of executing the shot.
Roelef van der Merwe attempted a wild slog off the Hauritz off the second delivery. He was caught at deep square-leg. Ab de Villiers looked to get on top of the bowling but he was run-out when he was involved in a mix-up with Farhaan Beherdian.
The innings lost the plot as the last five wickets fell for 16 runs. Heats dismissed Titans inside the 20 overs. Gale (four for 10) was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up three wickets in his final over.
Titans 123 in 18.5 overs (Henry Davids 39; Matthew Gale 4 for 10) vs Brisbane Heat.
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