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Anand Subramaniam in Sharjah 18 April 2014 - 02:41am IST

Happy to perform for DD: Duminy

DD middle-order bat content with his form and role with new franchise

When JP Duminy walked out in the middle to bat, the Delhi Daredevils were tottering at 17 for three in the fifth over. At one stage, it looked as if the Daredevils would get out cheaply and fail to register a competitive total at the end of 20 overs. However, Duminy had other plans as he worked his way to an unbeaten 67 to get his team to a total of 145 in 20 overs.

In the end, however, it wasn’t enough against a power packed batting RCB line-up that chased the total with ease. Nevertheless, the middle-order batsman was happy he could get some runs at the start of the tournament. “It is always good to get some runs. It is a new franchise and you want to perform for them. Unfortunately, we could not get a win, but we put up a good fight,” Duminy told
IPLT20.com after the game.

Duminy stitched an unbeaten 110-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Ross Taylor. This stand was one of the biggest plus points for the Daredevils in the match. Both batsmen played according to a plan, which augured well for their team. “We had lost a lot of wickets up front and our aim out there was to build a partnership and not give away our wickets easily. We did just that and set a competitive total of 145. But unfortunately, there were a couple of errors on the field and other things, which did not go our way.”

Duminy also claimed that his partnership with Taylor was an enjoyable one. He said, “Ross and I have played international cricket for a number of years now and we both shared experiences and ideas in the middle. It was the first time that I was batting with him and it was really exciting and enjoyable. It was good to hear his ideas and the way he goes about his business, and obviously, we can always learn from each other.”

When asked if it was tough to bat under such testing conditions when the chips are down, Duminy replied with a smile, “I have played quite a few such innings in the past. I backed my natural instincts while playing today, and as a player, you got to read the situations. It was nothing new, to be honest, and I knew we needed to set up the game for the back end, and it worked nicely for us.”

So has he been given the role of a finisher in the side? “Not really. But today, I had to come in and consolidate a bit, try to work the ones and try to pick up the odd boundary and finish it at the end. I am pleased that I got an opportunity to put in a performance for the team, and I only hope it continues.”

Talking about finishers, his South Africa teammate AB de Villiers is considered to be one of the best in the game. And Duminy was all praise for his compatriot. “I have taken a tip or two from AB de Villiers. He is an outstanding player and has done the job many times for South Africa and for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. So you can only learn from someone like that. And it is always great to be a part of the team he is playing in. Unfortunately, we got to play against him this year, but it is always exciting.”

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