“We wanted to execute certain plans which didn’t work out in the last few games for us. You follow the process… those are the things that carry you and improve your game. We want to continue to achieve our bowling goals. It was slower than Kotla and easier to bowl hard lengths.”
It wasn’t our best effort today collectively. With the ball, they put us under pressure. Probably could have done more, batting didn’t pitch up, and we couldn’t get any partnerships or momentum. This game, yes, our fielding wasn’t up to scratch. There have been some improvements. We have been among the best in the world but I won’t judge us only on this game. While batting we always try to have a look at the first two overs and then get some momentum. We couldn’t do that, and we came under pressure after losing three early wickets. Quinton is an integral member of the team, even with this experience and knowledge. Reeza is someone we back at the top and we’ve seen what he’s done in domestic. Quinton is not there, we can’t cry over that.
I talked about execution and that’s what we saw today, from both batters and bowlers. We thought we were about 15 short but we weren’t thinking too much about that; the bowlers did a fantastic job. Especially in India, the spinners play a big role in the middle overs to contain the batsmen. So there is pressure on them to perform, but in such matches when it comes off, this is what happens. I don’t think it’s a good thing for us (middle-order not performing), but after a good start, it’s difficult for new batsmen to go straight away. We will try to improve in the next match.
Chahal is the Player of the Match:
I was bowling too many quick sliders in the last game. I spoke to Paras sir and coaches about it. So I tried to bowl quick leg breaks but with a different seam position today. I want to turn and dip the ball, I couldn’t do it the last time so they were able to hit through the line. I tried to get some turn and change the line of the ball. I was trying to bowl to my strengths today. When you get middle-order batsmen out in the middle overs, the pressure is on them. Batsmen try a lot of sweeps and reverse sweeps these days so we have to be prepared for that too, as bowlers. In the last game too there was some help for spinners but I didn’t bowl that well. The ground is big, thankfully in Rajkot (laughs)!
India vs South Africa Highlights today, Tueday 14-6-2022. 3rd T20I (N), South Africa tour of India from Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam.
South Africa chose to field after winning the toss.
Bavuma says the pitch has a “yellowish tinge to it”, and they are unchanged. He is happy if his side can improve by only “1 or 2%”. Pant wanted to bowl too, and India play the same team for the third match in a row.
India team: Ruturaj, Kishan, Shreyas, Pant (capt & wk), Hardik, Karthik, Axar, Harshal, Avesh, Bhuvneshwar, Chahal
South Africa team: Hendricks, Bavuma (capt), Dussen, Miller, Klaasen (wk), Pretorius, Parnell, Rabada, Maharaj, Nortje, Shamsi
(last five completed matches, most recent first)
South Africa: WWWWW
Head to Head In ODI’s: 17
IND Won: 9
SA Won: 8
Match Timings: 13:30 GMT | 19:00 Local
Umpires – Anil Chaudhary, Nitin Menon
TV Umpires – Jayaraman Madanagopal
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – KN Ananthapadmanabhan
Match number – T20I no. 1571