Indian skipper Rohit Sharma talked about the team’s poor bowling against South Africa. India and South Africa played their second T20I game on 2nd October, Sunday. The match was in Guwahati. South Africa won the toss and chose to bowl first. The Indian top-order batsmen played very well and gave a target of 237 runs.
South Africa started terribly with plenty of difference in the runs. They performed well in the final overs and covered a lot of runs. South Africa fell short of 16 runs before the final ball of the inning. Arshdeep Singh bowled the 19th over and leaked a lot of runs.
“The team wants to play and bowl in a certain way, and we want to give them that freedom. Yes, we have not really bowled well in the death in the last five or six games. But that is the area where people will challenge us, and we are doing the same to the opposition as well. To bowl and bat at the death is very tough. That is where the game is decided. I wouldn’t say it’s concerning, but it’s definitely an area we need to pick ourselves up and get our act together.” Rohit Stated in the post-match presentation.
India showed excellent batting, especially the top order. It was after a long time that all four batsmen performed great with each making the best of their situation. Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli were the highlights of the match. Dinesh Karthik also did an excellent finish to the innings with 237 runs.
“It is something that all of us came together and we said this is what we wanted to do as a team. It might not come across at times, but we want to stick to it. What I have seen in the last 8-10 months is individuals putting their hands up and getting the job done for the team. Guys without too much experience did this as well.” Sharma added.
The South African skipper talked about their bowling struggles as well. Temba mentioned that bowlers took it too far and even with excellent batting they couldn’t cover it. “It wasn’t our best performance, the conditions were different. We couldn’t execute our plans. Late with the bat, I thought we could have given it a good go with 220 but 240 was too high,” Temba Bavuma stated.
He appreciated David Miller‘s 106 runs which brought down a ton of difference between their target. “Miller was looking good, a lot of confidence to be taken from his performance. The conditions were tough, we tried to get it swinging the ball early. But when it reduced, we saw how easy it was,” the South African skipper said.