Led by Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 160, India registered a scintillating victory against a depleted South African side at Cape Town.
Batting first, the visitors posted 303/6 on the board. Shikhar Dhawan made 76, and the skipper did the rest. JP Duminy was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts, as he scalped two wickets in his ten overs.
Proteas failed to get off to a decent start and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. The batsmen failed to counter Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal and looked out of place. Duminy made a fighting 51, but apart from that, there were hardly any contributions from the other batsmen.
Chahal ended with 4/46 while Kuldeep bagged figures of 4/23. Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh was having a close eye on the game and expressed his happiness on Twitter. Bhajji congratulated the two spinners and shared his joy with fans.
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 7, 2018
Kohli on Plan ‘B’
After the victory, Kohli explained how they switched to ‘plan B’ during India’s batting. The skipper said they had a target of around 330 in mind but ended up cutting it down to 280-odd runs after 30 overs.
“The new ball was hitting the bat nicely with pace. It was a drastic change after the 30th over, and we immediately chopped down out a target from 330 to 280-290. You’re always looking for someone to get bat till the end, and it’s amazing if you do it as the captain. Another good partnership with Shikhar and a good stand with Bhuvi in the end as well. I was cramping towards the end but knew I had to stay till the end to get us 300.”
Markram addresses issues
Proteas skipper Aiden Markram had yet another tough day at the office. He admitted the hosts were not up to the mark.
“Everything is disappointing about this. Yet again not up to the mark. We’ve got ourselves to blame, have to try harder. I felt when we’re in the field we were in. We managed to claw our way back and restrict them to 303 which I thought was chaseable. Unfortunately, we didn’t take it deep enough, and you don’t win a match like that.”
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