Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly stated hosts South Africa had an advantage in the penultimate T20I held at SuperSport Park. He believes the wet conditions made things further difficult for the visitors’ bowlers to grip the ball.
“The wicket did not spin and turn like it did during the Test match and One-dayers and I thought the conditions did help South Africa,” Ganguly Told India Today.
With the Centurion victory, South Africa went on to level the series one each. It would subsequently make the competition further interesting. The Proteas registered an emphatic six-wicket win over dominant India.
Riding on a much-needed win, the Proteas would be aiming to regain the confidence. Earlier, India routed the Proteas by 5-1 in the six-match One-day International series.
However, Ganguly did not rule out that the target was quite fighting on a surface like Centurion.
“I was not surprised because there was a lot of rain around. 188/4 was a big score no doubt but with all that water on the ground and that drizzle, it wasn’t easy to defend,” Ganguly asserts.
While analyzing the game, Ganguly has lauded the efforts of the hosts’ batsmen. Following the abysmal show, Ganguly reflected on South African batting line-up.
“SuperSport Park is not a big ground in South Africa and South Africa batted brilliantly,” Ganguly asserts.
Ganguly heaped praises on the efforts of duo wrist spinners in the form of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. The Spinners have bamboozled the Proteas batting line-up.
For the Proteas, wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen struck a half-century alongside skipper Jean-Paul Duminy. However, Duminy and Farhaan Behadien led their side comfortably home.
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Pertinently, the third T20I slated for February 24. The final T20I will mark the culmination of India’s long tour of the Rainbow Nation.
Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, India has staged a strong comeback since the third Test in Johannesburg.
It has eventually become important that the 27-year-old aggressive leg-spinner Chahal has been expensive. He conceded 64 runs in his quota of four overs after been taken to cleaners by Klaasen.
“You could see the wet ball, you could see Chahal struggle with the wet ball, the seam getting wet and the South Africans capitalized,” Ganguly observed.
Moreover, Chahal went on to become the most expensive bowler from India. He gave away plenty in the shortest version of the game.
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