Champions League T20
Titans relish home advantage
Heino Kuhn (Gallo Images)
Pretoria - The Titans were quietly confident ahead of their Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) match against the Sydney Sixers at SuperSport Park, wicketkeeper Heino Kuhn said on Thursday.
He said the Titans were not affected by missing out on their final league game against the Delhi Daredevils which was washed out by rain.
"We'd already made it through to the semi-finals, so it wasn't a problem," Kuhn said ahead of Friday's match.
"It is always better if we can play, because playing is the best form of practice, but we've trained hard enough and we're ready for whatever comes our way."
Kuhn said the Titans were not intimidated by playing against the team described as the best in the CLT20.
"We don't see them as that. They are a very good team, but we rate ourselves and we play very well as a team. Playing at our home ground is always a bonus.
"The Sydney Sixers have some very fast bowlers, but for some years, the Titans have also had excellent fast bowlers, like Dale Steyn, Morné Morkel, and Marchant de Lange, so we're very comfortable with a pace attack."
He felt the Sixers' fast bowlers would not bother the Titans, since they were a very well-balanced team with a varied attack.
"While we don't have the superstars, that also means we never rely on one person to get us out of trouble."
Kuhn believed the Titans had done well because they were such a tightly-knit unit.
"We don't have many international T20 players, but we've gelled well as a team, and the guys are so excited to be playing in an international tournament like this," he said.
"We play for each other and celebrate each other's achievements. We're scrappers and we'll do anything to win."
He said it had been an awesome experience for many members of the team to play against some of the biggest names in world cricket.
"They're taking it in their stride and enjoying every second of it."