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Rudolf and CJ were brilliant: Davids
Titans batsman lauds teammates after win against Scorchers
Backed by an enthusiastic home crowd at the Supersport Park, the Titans registered a comprehensive victory over the Perth Scorchers in the opening game of the Karbonn Champions League Twenty20 2012.
With every save, every dive, every ball and every run being applauded the domestic Twenty20 champions did not let their supporters down as they as they put up a fantastic all-round display.
Their openers, Jacques Rudolph and Henry Davids, set up the stage with a blistering 109-run opening stand under the sunny Saturday afternoon skies to help post a competitive target for the Scorchers. While defending the total, Cornelius de Villiers and Alfonso Thomas rocked the team from Western Australia on the back foot with early blows. While de Villiers picked the key wickets of Shaun Marsh and Scorchers captain Marcus North in his first over, Alfonso Thomas removed Herschelle Gibbs. Complemented by superb fielding, the Titans coasted home to a 39-run win.
Davids, who had earlier entertained with some brilliant hits over the top during his 54-run innings, spoke to clt20.com about the win and the contribution of his teammates.
Excerpts from his interview:
On winning in front of a vociferous home crowd
Brilliant! We had an absolutely brilliant crowd here today; they helped us during the game. They were just brilliant. It was great start for us in the competition and hopefully we can continue with that.
On whether they had a strategy or target mapped out when they came out to bat
We didn’t set any targets. In the beginning we decided that we will try to get in and for the first six overs we will have a go at the bowling if we don’t lose any wicket. We had a great start. We would have loved to have a few more runs on the board, but obviously what we had was enough.
On the talk between him and Jacques Rudolph when they were going after the Scorchers’ bowlers
We knew that we had to have a good start off the first four overs. We had a bit of distance to go. But when the ball was there in our areas, we said we can go big, because we had wickets in hand and the boys were relying on us to give a good start, so that the guys at the back end can come and play freely.
On whether he loves playing big shots
I love it. I just try to keep it simple; on a day it works, on another it doesn’t. That’s how T20 cricket goes.
On Jacques Rudolph’s innings
He batted absolutely brilliantly, and we complemented each other very well. The ball was coming on to the bat nicely from both ends and that helped the team.
On the significance of CJ de Villiers claiming two early wickets and Alfonso Thomas following up with the wicket of Herschelle Gibbs
Getting two wickets in the first six overs, it meant we had them under pressure from the start. The boys bowled brilliantly. We hit our areas very well.
They took the big wickets. CJ hit the good length hard. If you hit the good length, it is not easy to score.
On Titans’ brilliant fielding
We pride ourselves on our fielding. We try to set a very good standard. We do a lot of fielding practice. What we speak a lot about fieldingwise, is attitude. When you get out there, the main thing is to be alert for the 20 overs.
On whether there is more pressure on them to win being the home side
No, not really. We are taking it game by game; we want to do well. But the main focus is to concentrate on our game and what we want to do and achieve on our day.