The Titans squandered their chance of reaching the Champions League T20 semi-finals on their own terms on Monday, losing to Trinidad and Tobago by six runs, thanks to the Duckworth Lewis method, as rain prevented an exciting finish.
The Titans originally needed 189 runs to win, after a blistering 70 from Evin Lewis and a brash half ton from Darren Bravo ensured a challenging target in Ahmedabad. T&T then restricted them to 153/6 when the rain arrived, and the par score was 159.
Lewis' 70 came off just 35 balls as he took the South African bowlers apart, hitting seven fours and five sixes. He and Bravo put on a century stand, with the West Indies international adding 63 to the score off 44 balls.
At one stage it looked like T&T would go well past 200, but the Titans bowlers pulled it back after getting rid of Lewis, caught by Rowan Richards in the deep. Marchant de Lange took three wickets, but the economy rates still made for painful reading.
The Titans' chase was blighted by the loss of regular wickets, but enough batsmen made middling scores to keep the game interesting. Henry Davids and Jacques Rudolph made 65 for the first wicket, with Davids scoring 42 before falling to Rayad Emrit.
Rudolph's 31, added to Farhaan Behardien's 29, made sure AB de Villiers didn't have as bad a deficit to reduce. The Proteas star was on 23 not out when the rain arrived, with the Titans needing 36 runs in three overs to reach the original score.
The the rain pelted down, and there wasn't more than a single cover to deck the square, so the South Africans fell six runs short of the par score calculated by the D/L method.