Ranchi: Riding on the knocks by Henry Davids and Jacques Rudolph, Titans thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets with 21 balls to spare here on Saturday.
After put in to bat, Hyderabad managed to post 145 for 7 in 20 overs despite getting off to a solid start. Shikhar Dhawan (37) and Parthiv Patel (26) provided Hyderabad a solid start but after their wickets they kept losing wickets at regular intervals before Dale Steyn rescued them with a 12-ball 27. For the Titans' David Wiese returned with three wickets while Davids, Rowan Richards and Marchant de Lange chipped in with a wicket each.
Coming out for the chase, Davids and Rudolph started with a positive intent and put up a 112-run opening stand to take the game away from Hyderabad's grip. Davids fell to Steyn caught by Darren Sammy for 64, but Rudolph remained unbeaten on 49 to take the Titans through in 16.3 overs.
Davids and Rudolph took the Sunrisers bowlers to task with a scintillating batting display and transformed the run chase into a cakewalk adding 112 in 12.1 overs.
Davids continued his good form and reached his second half-century of the tournament as he smashed seven boundaries and clobbered four sixes in his 42-ball 64 knock.
Rudolph missed a deserved half-century as he remained unbeaten on 49 with three fours and two sixes, while Heino Kuhn (15 off 8) too was unconquered, steering the side home.
Davids' dismissal off Dale Steyn came too late for the Sunrisers as the openers had put the Titans in a winning position.
AB de Villiers (9) came out all gun blazing and hit two fours before he was dismissed by Ishant Sharma while looking for another big shot.
For Sunrisers, none of the bowlers barring pacer Steyn could make an impact. Steyn's impressive figures of 1 for 23 in four overs was the only highlight of the Sunrisers bowling which looked ordinary.
The Titans are at second position now after Chennai Super Kings with one more match to go.
Earlier, Titans' pacer David Wiese starred with the ball as Sunrisers Hyderabad blew away a good start to be restricted to 145 for 7 in a crucial tie.
Wiese picked up three crucial wickets giving away just 17 runs to bring Titans back into the match after Parthiv Patel (26) and skipper Shikhar Dhawan (37) made a fiery start to Sunrisers' innings with a 62-run opening stand that came off just 39 balls.
Towards the end Dale Steyn came up with a 12-ball 27 to lift the Sunrisers to a modest total.
Apart from Wiese, Rowan Richards (1/24) and Henry Davids (1/18) finished with economical figures.
(With inputs from PTI)