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The Unlimited Titans had their fate taken out of their own hands when they went down by six runs to Trinidad & Tobago in terms of the Duckworth/Lewis method in their final Group B match at the Champions League T20 at Ahmedabad on Monday.

The match was heading for a fascinating climax with three overs left for play with AB de Villiers leading the charge as the Titans needed 36 off 18 balls. But torrential rain drove the players from the field and, with plenty of surface water covering the outfield, there was never the chance of a resumption.

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Henry Davids led The Unlimited Titans from the front to secure an eight-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad at Ranchi on Saturday to keep their destiny very much in their own hands at the Champions League T20 competition, the same cannot be said about the Sunrisers who slumped to their second defeat in three games and are now staring at elimination even if they win their last game. The Titans meanwhile have now won two out of three matches and have a positive net run rate to go with it.

Although Davids was named Man of the Match for his cracking innings of 64 off 42 balls (four sixes and seven fours) backed up by a tidy spell of spin bowling that earned him figures of 1/18 in his four overs, this was very much a team performance and was undoubtedly the best by a South African franchise against Indian Premier League opposition on the Indian sub-continent since the inception of this competition.

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The Unlimited Titans held their nerve to defend a low total and beat the Brisbane Heat by four runs in their second Group B match in the Champions League T20 tournament at Mohali on Tuesday.

The Titans, after being sent into bat under conditions that were ideal for both seam and swing bowling following heavy rain that delayed the start of play, looked to be well short of par when they were dismissed for 123 inside the 19th over. Ironically, Henry Davids and Heino Kuhn had got them through the most difficult period with a second-wicket partnership of 69 in less than nine overs. But they contrived to lose their last nine wickets for only 53 runs.

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AB de Villiers set the Champions League T20 tournament alight with his innings of 77 off just 36 balls (3 fours and 7 sixes) when The Unlimited Titans played their opening match against the Chennai Super Kings at Ranchi on Sunday. In the end it was not enough to get his team over the line as Chennai won by four wickets with seven balls to spare thanks to the outstanding contributions from Mike Hussey and Man-of-the-Match Suresh Raina who both played quick-fire innings of 47.

They took the match away from the Titans as they put on 73 for the loss of only one wicket in the six power play overs in pursuit of a target of 186.

In normal circumstances the Titans’  total of 185/5 would have been well above par but, with the bowlers struggling to grip the ball in the heavy dew conditions from the start of the match, it was always going to be a match dominated by the batsmen.

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The Sydney Sixers beat the Titans in a last ball thriller to get across the line and win the 2nd semi final of the CLT20 2012 at Centurion. Needing 164 to win, the Sixers began in superb fashion, lost their way in the middle and somehow managed to scramble past the finish line with just 2 wickets in hand. Nothing can be taken away from the Titans though, they batted brilliantly and came back strongly in the 2nd innings to give the Sixers a tough battle.

Opting to bat first, the Titans lost a wicket in the first over as opener Jacques Rudolph departed for just 1, caught at thirdman. Due to the early wicket, Heino Kuhn was promoted up the order. The wicket-keeper batsman struck three boundaries before he was dismissed for 13, trying to flick a slightly low one from Mitchell Starc to the leg side. Starc struck again in his next over with a slower delivery that Skipper Van Jaarsveld popped into cover's hands. The Titans were in a spot of bother at 36-3 inside the powerplay.

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rain1With the Delhi Daredevils and the Titans already through to the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 before they took to the pitch today at Centurion as a result of the Auckland Aces losing their match to the Perth Scorchers earlier in the day, the relevance of their contest was reduced to one that would determine which side would top Group A.

Sadly for the fans that had turned up at Centurion today the match was called off without a ball being bowled, thus granting the Delhi Daredevils top spot in Group A, and earning them a semi-final encounter with the Lions at Durban, while the Titans continue to stay on in Centurion where they await the undefeated Sydney Sixers.

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The Kolkata Knight Riders ended their Champions League T20 sojourn on a high, thumping the Titans by 99 runs at Newlands, Cape Town. Being put into pat on a sluggish pitch, the Knight Riders posted an exceptional 188-5 in their 20 overs with Debabrata Das doing some serious damage towards the end of the innings, smacking an unbeaten 43 from just 19 deliveries after the top three batsmen had given KKR a terrific platform. The Titans meanwhile had a poor outing, following up their dismal bowling performance with an even worse batting display as they collapsed for 89 inside 17 overs with just three batsmen getting into double figures.

The result means that KKR will leave South Africa a little happier on their flight home later today, while the Titans still have some work to do before they are guaranteed a semi-final spot. KKR Skipper Gautam Gambhir's previous team, the Delhi Daredevils will be doubly thrilled with the result as it means they are all but through to the semi-finals. The Auckland Aces will need to thrash the Perth Scorchers and the Titans themselves will need to also quite literally rout Delhi for the Daredevils to be denied a knock-out berth.

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