Cape Cobras did not execute plans well, says JP Duminy

JP Duminy feels the South African side Warriors will be favourites for winning the title Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: Oct 4, 2011

After a disappointing loss to Trinidad & Tobago in a must-win match at Chennai South African all-rounder JP Duminy said that the bowling department let the team down in the nail-biling encounter against the Caribbean side on Tuesday.

In a press conference after the match, Duminy said that it was the nature of the Twenty20 format where teams lose the match despite getting a good start.

He said, “That’s the nature of the game. On the day we just weren’t good enough. I thought we played really well for the [first] 15-16 overs of the match but our bowling department let us down a bit in the end.

“There’s a bit of work to do but the sun will still shine tomorrow and we’ll be alright. We were our own enemies in the end. We kept starting out well in all games and I thought we competed really well in the game against CSK.”

Duminy feels it was more hurting for him to crash out of the tournament as Cape Cobras as one of the best sides in the tournament.

“We’re very disappointed. It’s easy to say we should’ve done this or that. We had good plans but we didn’t execute them well. I still feel we’re one of the better teams in the tournament but we just didn’t perform,” he said.

But he wasn t short of praise for the Man-of-the-match Kevon Cooper who stole the match away from Cobras in the death overs.

We adjusted very well. 137 was a very competitive total on this track. It wasn’t easy to bat out there. All credit goes to Kevon Cooper, who nicely smashed it in the end.

Duminy feels the South African side Warriors will be favourites for winning the title.

“I’m going to back the South African side – the Warriors. They have been doing really well and look like a well-balanced team. The IPL teams too are difficult oppositions in these conditions,” said Duminy.

Duminy feels ‘underdogs, T&T have once again surprised everyone in the Champions League.

“(Even) they (Trinidad & Tobago) are an exceptional team. Two years ago we lost to them in the semi-final and now they’ve got two on two against us. They’re a great team and always perform well coming in as underdogs,” he concluded.