Eves eye double series win in SA

Hope Soto
February 21, 2018

India took a 1-0 lead in the T20I series as the hosts fell short of 28 runs after India had set a target of 204 runs. India won by seven and nine wickets respectively in the first two matches, but Van Niekerk outlined how her side created enough chances, that while the outcomes of those matches would make it seem as if India dominated, in fact South Africa were always creating chances in the field, just not taking them. He is also the second Indian bowler to take a five-for in T20Is after Yuzuvendra Chahal's 6/25 against England in February 2017.

On a surface that was good for batting, India plundered 203 for 5 with Shikhar Dhawan leading the way with a 39-ball 72. So, this time, we haven't seen that thing.

Bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Mohammad Amir aren't getting the prodigious swing they have been known for - at least beyond their first couple of overs. The Uttar Pradesh seamer had an outstanding Test series where he picked up 10 wickets in two Tests and batted with great resolve against extreme pace on some dicey wickets for scores of 25, 13*, 30 and 33. It matters. Today, for instance, it was about bowling slow'. Bhuvneshwar believes that India's reputation of not playing the short ball to perfection has changed in recent times. "I want to do it as long as possible to help the country win as much as we can", he added.

As the Three Lions prepare to spend yet another month in the Antipodes - England's tour down under began in October and will end in April - the one player who has delivered nearly every time he has worn an England jersey is a bloke who made his global bow at 30. Perhaps all they're doing is counting down, not to avoid groundhog day, but until this series is over. In between, skipper Virat Kohli left the field owing to a left-hip problem and the team physio is now managing his situation but the management said the issue is not serious.

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To an extent, it does shore up India's only frailty in the lower middle order particularly as the team management continues to back MS Dhoni in the shortest format. The momentum was on our side and if momentum is on your side, you have got to make it count. "Credit has to go the team for the way we have played in every department", Bhuvi pointed out.

"He suffered a blow to the knee while batting ahead of the fifth ODI, and although he passed a fitness test on Friday, the injury worsened significantly throughout the match", espncricinfo quoted South Africa's team manager, Mohammed Moosajee as saying. But unfortunately, with our plans in place, we didn't execute as well as we'd have liked.

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