His 105-run unbeaten partnership for the fourth wicket with Farhaan Behardien (32 not out) sealed the game for the Proteas. “He has been here so many times, especially playing in the IPL for Delhi, I’ve also learnt a lot from David Miller and AB de Villiers”.
Left-handed Duminy played with a lot of responsibility under pressure and could not have timed his eighth fifty in T20Is better than this. Before coming to India, I personally did a lot of work my coach Rob Walter (at Titans). We looked how to work in the middle overs of a T20 game.
India and South Africa are in Cuttack for the 2nd Twenty20 worldwide to be played tonight (7 PM IST start).
Quick to notice that de Villiers was charging down the track, Ashwin cleverly bowled a slower one and the South African missed the line completely.
Behardien and Duminy built on the foundation laid by the opening pair of AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla, who put on 77 runs, de Villiers making 51.
In bowling if the winning combination is not changed, the new ball bowlers Kyle Abbott, easily the best of the fast bowlers at Dharamshala and Kagiso Rabada should be able to handle the job well with the help of an improved display from leggie Imran Tahir, who was roughly treated by Rohit and Virat Kohli in the first game.
After Patel’s poor 16th over, Bhuvneshwar conceded a six and a four in the first two balls of the penultimate over, giving the poor Aravind the improbable task of defending 10 runs in the last over.
“It was a good knock but we lost the game”, he said, reports the Indian Express. “We have to wait and see what the management thinks about how to go about it”, he said replying to a query whether three-spin attack is the way forward. “Let’s hope it proves fruitful for us”. There is no dearth of quality batsmen in the Indian line-up to follow them but the key is at least two of them should raise the bar on the given day to put up a competitive score. This apart, four QRT would be deployed for emergency operations, the Commisioner said. “Each team has its own strengths and we prepare accordingly for spin, especially in the subcontinent”. When it comes to wide ball, you play more freely.
“In Dharamsala, to get close to 400 runs in 40 overs was a little bit of a freak thing”.
“We understand that the dimensions of the field are slightly bigger”, Farhaan Behardien said to the media in Cuttack on Sunday.
“We are not as high up from an altitude point so the ball won’t travel as far”, he said. “They are massive players for us in all formats, and this keeps them fresh and all the team-mates enjoy this fresh perspective”.