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We were due for a bad game: Davids

Titans opener promises a strong comeback in must-win game against DD

The Titans have tasted their first defeat in the CLT20 2012 with a 99-run thrashing in the hands of the Kolkata Knight Riders, at Newlands. Chasing 189 for a victory, the Titans succumbed to a meagre 89 runs in 16.4 overs.

Watching the Titans bat gave an impression that the pressure of the big target had got to them and the panic had set in. Given that they have won both their previous games in the tournament batting first, they seemed out of depth when asked to chase a formidable total.

However, Titans opening batsman Henry Davids attributed the team’s fall to a lack of partnerships. “It was a very good total but we didn’t panic. I’ve played here and have seen bigger totals being chased down. We just didn’t get any partnerships going and lost wickets in clusters. We needed to show a bit of mettle and get at least one partnership going. Had we done that, we’d have come close,” Davids, who played a crucial role in the team’s first two victories with scores of 54 and 36, said.

“I’ve been hitting the ball nicely. I just need to carry on for a bit longer. Luckily I’ve gotten the team off to good starts in our first two games that we won. I hope to do that again in the next game.

“I’ve been lucky to play in the CLT20 before for Cape Cobras. It’s not in India but it’s great to play against the guys who have played international cricket. This is as close to international cricket as it comes – the pressure and all the coverage you get. It’s a great window for us to perform,” Davids said.

While admitting the South African franchise played way below their standard against KKR, Davids said it was better that the team got away with the loss at this stage of the tournament itself. “This team was due for a bad game and luckily we’ve got it now. We’ve got one more game in which we must raise our game some notches higher and play to our potential.”

The Titans play their next game against the Delhi Daredevils, who look lethal with their bowling attack and power-packed batting. Led by Morne Morkel, DD has one of the best pace batteries in the tournament. Davids said the Titans are ready for them. “Delhi have a great bowling attack and so do we. I’ll back our batsmen to come good against their bowling. We’re looking forward to that game.”

With Auckland Aces fighting hard for a place in the semis, the Titans will have to regain their groove rather quickly to stay alive in the tournament.

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