Cape Town: The four Indian Premier League teams are finding it tough to adapt quickly to the bouncy South African pitches and that is primarily responsible for their indifferent performances in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20, Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Faf du Plessis said.
While reigning IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are yet to win a match in the tournament, the Delhi Daredevils have won their opening
fixture against KKR. “You’ve got to get used to the conditions quickly and most IPL teams are starting off slowly because these are very different conditions for them,” Du Plessis said after CSK lost by six wickets to the Highveld Lions here last night to slump to their second consecutive defeat in the tournament.
“And the teams who are used to these conditions – the Australian and South African teams – are doing well,” he observed.
Du Plessis feels the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai outfit was “little unlucky” not to have defended the challenging score of 158 for six yesterday. “I think they bowled really well and we were a little unlucky. Gulam Bodi got away with a few lucky edges for fours and he could’ve been out any of these times. I thought our pacers bowled very well up front,” the South African told clt20.com.
“It’s just that the Lions got the best of the conditions. The wicket was a bit slow when they were bowling and as you saw their spinner (Aaron) Phangiso got a couple of them to turn.