Titans trump Aces; Kolkata exit
The Titans continued their impressive start to the Champions League Twenty20 with a crushing 59-run win over the Auckland Aces in Durban.
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After easily beating the Perth Scorchers in their opener the South Africans ensured they remained top of Group A after posting 172 for four batting first.
Opener Jacques Rudolph anchored the innings with 63 from 56 balls before Farhaan Behardien launched the late assault, smacking three sixes in an unbeaten 48 from 23
Auckland never looked like chasing down the target after they lost key men Martin Guptill and Lou Vincent inside the opening three overs.
The Kiwis were bowled out for 113 in 18.1 overs although it could have been worse but for a 45-run stand for the final wicket between Andre Adams, who top-scored with 30, and Michael Bates (14 not out).
Alfonso Thomas and Ethy Mbhalati led the Titans' bowling with three wickets apiece.
Meanwhile, the Kolkata Knight Riders were eliminated after their Group A clash against the Perth Scorchers was abandoned without result due to bad weather.
Kolkata, the IPL champions, needed a victory to stay alive but the weather denied them even a fighting chance as the match was called off after 14 overs.
Perth reached 91 for two before the rains - briefly torrential and with plenty of lightning around too - came and ultimately claimed the fixture.
Kolkata enjoyed an early breakthrough, Brett Lee removing Herschelle Gibbs for a duck, but Shaun Marsh hit 38 from 40 balls and Simon Katich was unbeaten on 43 off 32 as Perth suggested they could have compiled a decent score.