Marchant de Lange leads the way in sensational victory for Titans

2013-09-25 00:00

THE Titans, spearheaded by a sensational Marchant de Lange, edged the Brisbane Heat by four runs in a last-over thriller in their Champions League Twenty20 Group B match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, Chandigarh yesterday.

The Titans scored 123 runs in 18.5 overs as Matthew Gale, with 4-10, and Daniel Christian, with 2-16, were the architects of a batting collapse that saw the Titans slip from 70 for one to 123 all out.

But De Lange captured 3-13 and conceded only five runs in the 20th over to achieve a sensational win for the Titans.

Brisbane, needing 10 runs off the last over with three wickets in hand, were dismissed for 119 off the last ball of the over.

Brisbane looked on course for victory while their skipper James Hopes and Christian were at the crease and in the midst of a 44-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

But Rowan Richards, one of the Titans’ bowling heroes, bowled Christian for 21 in the 14th over to reduce Brisbane to 68 for four.

Thereafter, the experienced trio of Roelof van der Merwe, De Lange and Morné Morkel bowled beautifully to restrict the inexperienced Australian outfit to 119.

De Lange, the man of the match, deserved special mention. Brisbane were still in the game in the 20th over, with 10 runs needed for victory.

But De Lange conceded only five runs in that over, which yielded three wickets. Chris Sabburg and Matthew Gale were run out off the first two deliveries, and Alister McDermott was bowled off the final ball of the match.

Richards finished with 2-20, while Van der Merwe captured 1-20 and Morkel took 1-26.

Brisbane must have felt that they had a chance of winning it when David Wiese conceded 17 runs in the 18th over, leaving them with 20 to get off the last two overs, but the Titans fast bowlers, Morkel and especially De Lange, denied the Australians.

The Titans started off well with Davids (39) and Heino Kuhn (31) combining well and adding 69 runs off 8.2 overs, but two needless run-outs of Davids and De Villiers through mediocre judgment between the wickets added to a spectacular collapse.

Wade bowled well, but Hauritz was arguably the pick of the attack.

Brisbane collapsed on a bowler-friendly pitch against the deadly bowling attack, spearheaded by De Lange.

De Lange has shown his prowess at international T20 level for South Africa against New Zealand when he set up a Proteas victory through miserly bowling in the final over. He did it again yesterday against Brisbane.

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