We didn't expect the pitch to be sharp says skipper Temba Bavuma
South African skipper Temba Bavuma said his side didn't expect the surface to play the way they did.
Arshdeep Singh's three-wicket move followed by Suryakumar Yadav's 50* and KL Rahul's unbeaten stroke of 51 helped India defeat South Africa by eight wickets in the first game of the three-game T20I series on Wednesday here at the Greenfield International Stadium.
Temba Bavuma supports the bowlers; exclaims not having enough runs on the scoreboard to defend
Following a loss in the series opener, South African skipper Temba Bavuma said: “As a percussion team we failed to push ourselves in these conditions. We didn't expect the course to play like this. Yes we expected it to be sharp but usually you can punch through the line in this part of the world.”
“Seamers needed runs behind them to defend. They did their best and were supported by weirdos too. I thought we fought the bat well late. That's positive," he added.
Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul formed a crucial partnership, going unbeaten by 50 runs and 51 runs respectively to seal the first tie. Chasing 108, India faltered early, losing both batsmen - Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli - cheaply. However, the duo of SKY and Rahul took the mantle to steady the pursuit and end things to ensure the men in blue crossed the line comfortably.
Previously, Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh were the highlights of the Indian bowling show. Arshdeep sacked three wickets while Chahar managed two wickets to limit South Africa to 106/8 in 20 overs.
Though Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh rattled through the Proteas' top orders, it was Keshav Maharaj who pulled off a lone fight with a 41-run knock to help South Africa reach a triple-digit total of 106/8 after the Proteas at 9/ 5 in three overs at a time. Aiden Markram (25) and Wayne Parnell (24) were the only other hitters to hit double digits.