Thiruvananthapuram: South Africa’s left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj believes that his team will have to find a way to tackle the new ball as it takes swing in the first T20 International against India. His top order was shattered in front of the balls.
Indian bowlers Arshdeep Singh (3 for 32) and Deepak Chahar (2 for 24) wobbled South Africa’s top order with the ball swinging both ways as India registered an eight-wicket win here on Wednesday in three matches. took an early lead in the T20I series. “I don’t think this is a topic that we need to discuss too much,” Maharaj told a post-match press conference. However, we have to talk about how we should start.
“Given the performance of our opening overs, we have to find ways to deal with the swing. The ball was swinging a lot in the first few overs.” Maharaj scored 41 runs off 35 balls to take South Africa’s score past 100 runs. Apart from him, Aiden Markram contributed 25 and Wayne Parnell contributed 24 runs. Maharaj believes that a change in mindset can help his batsmen cope with swing.
“Sometimes we have to find ways to tackle the new ball. The ball was swinging a lot, so there was a need to change your strategy and mindset. Maharaj said, “We did not expect the ball to swing so much. It was not an easy wicket to bat on. Some balls were suddenly rising. I don’t think we should think too much about it but before the upcoming matches we can work on it and hopefully we will improve it.” (agency)