Chennai Super Kings v Titans, CLT20, Ranchi September 23, 2013

Wet conditions hampered bowlers, says de Villiers

ESPNcricinfo staff

Titans' batsman AB de Villiers praised the side's bowlers for their efforts against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday but said that the dew-affected outfield made it difficult to control run-scoring and also resulted in some erratic bowling from the South African side.

De Villiers had blasted a 36-ball 77 to help Titans reach 185 for 5 before Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo set up a good chase for Super Kings, ensuring a four-wicket victory in the 19th over.

"The field was quite wet and so the ball got wet very early on, which meant it skidded on and made it easier for the batsmen. Our bowlers tried everything they could - all the variations - but nothing worked," de Villiers told the CLT20 website.

According to de Villiers, the damp conditions also affected the Titans bowlers as they conceded 24 runs in wides: "The guys tried to bowl with a very attacking mindset - a straight line, trying to get them out - but the wet ball made it very difficult."

On his knock, de Villiers said that he fed off the crowd's enthusiasm to finish with an innings that included three fours and seven sixes at a strike rate of 213.88.

"The Indian crowds are very loud and it's nice to give them some entertainment and something to cheer about," de Villiers said. "These big crowds really get me going as well. I love playing in Ranchi; I was here during the IPL and had a great experience. I look forward to coming here again."

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  • Harry on September 23, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Titans are a pretty ordinary team barring AB and Morne Morkel. Lions are a better side. Dew is always a factor playing the last match in the night. Jadeja can use this excuse for his poor showing. The fact is it was a batsman's match with bowlers not getting the conditions that T&T and Brisbane got.

    Titans were very pumped at the end of their innings so dew happen to be the reason as soon as Raina and Hussey decided to show they can match the batting fireworks of AB. For me Bravo should have got the man of the match for limiting the Titans score and playing a cameo at the end. Also I was disgusted with Vijay and Jadeja for their lack of common sense when batting.

  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    AB was correct ..even thought it was a 8.o pm start..the first 20 min there was nt much of a dew and at later stages when the dew factor came into paly chennai also conceded runs.. even suresh raina at the post match presentation admitted they were lucky to win the toss and bowl first...

  • Vinod on September 23, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    the dew factor infact was affecting both the teams! but i agree about the enthusiasm factor - when he bats like that, it is fun to watch. i dont think it could have been otherwise in bowler friendly conditions - whoever said that can go back and check the history.

  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    The strength of the Chennai team is pretty ridiculous. Only the nature of T20 where a less team CAN win on the day, hides the fact that they are well above any other team with regard their squad. When will the IPL teams get a proper reshuffle so the playing field can be re-levelled?

  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    This is a classic case of "excuses". This was a 8 PM start and in India, dew generally starts setting around that time. The conditions were the same for CSK bowlers as well and our friend has comfortably ignored it. Who knows, he would not have scored that 36-ball 77 in bowler friendly conditions and the target could have been much lower. Forgetting all that, this knock was a treat to watch....

  • gurinder on September 23, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    more excuses. what next?? ipl teams are too strong and we are not able to compete against them. then leave the field to champion teams. i guess this is just start of petty excuses. more to come.

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