Rudolph, Behardien steer Titans to win over Auckland

The Titans continued their impressive start to the Champions League Twenty20 with a crushing 59-run win over the Auckland Aces in Durban.

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.

Titans’ Jacques Rudolph in full flow against Auckland Aces yesterday. PIC/AFP

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.

Titans next play Knight Riders Oct 21 while Auckland face Delhi Daredevils Oct 19.

Brief Scores:
Titans: 172 for four in 20 overs (Jacques Rudolph 63, Farhaan Behardien 48*; Michael Bates 1-21). 
Auckland Aces: 113 all out in 18.1 overs (Andre Adams 30, 
Anaru Kitchen 23; Alfonso Thomas 3-18) 

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