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IPL teams struggling on SA tracks: Faf du Plessis

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Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 12:17 [IST]
 
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'IPL teams unable to adapt to SA tracks'

Cape Town, Oct 17: Chennai Super Kings' opener Faf du Plessis feels IPL teams are finding it difficult to adapt to South African conditions which is evident in their performance, as all the teams have failed to register a win except Delhi Daredevils.

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Chennai Super Kings, who have been the strongest team on paper, failed to create an impact in Champions League T20, as they are finding it difficult to adapt to South African conditions.

"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 his team lost to Highveld Lions on Tuesday.

Moreover, a close observation on the matches held so far would give more details about the teams that are playing well and the reason for their success, as Sydney Sixers, South African teams Lions, Titans, New Zealand's Auckland Aces are doing quite well.

"And the teams who are used to these conditions - the Australian and South African teams - are doing well," he added.

While Faf du Plessis had been the only player who has been performing well for Chennai at the timebeing, as he has the advantage of being the local player, Suresh Raina also has been partially successful.

The South African also felt that the team was not lucky enough on Tuesday.

"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," du Plessis added.

"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.

He further added that the pitches in South Africa were a little tough, as teams batting first would find it difficult to bat on, which was quite evident when Lions chased 158 to win.

"Sitting on the sidelines, I thought according to my knowledge of the conditions, as it gets colder at night, the wicket will get a little quicker and that's nice for batting. I thought after the sixth over of the second innings, it was perfect to bat on," Du Plessis said.

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