The short talk that helped Klaasen explode against India

Hope Soto
February 25, 2018

Despite having a phenomenal ODI series in the ongoing South Africa tour, Yuzvendra Chahal was far from his best in India's loss in the 2nd T20 at Centurion.

India carried their winning momentum from the ODIs into the opening T20I, posting 203/5 and then keeping the home side to 175/9 with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who had been so impressive in the Tests, coming good with a five-wicket haul.

Talking about soaking the pressure, the 'keeper-batsman said, "That's great fun". Manish and MS were outstanding to get to 190. With rain lashing the SuperSport Park, Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal found it hard to grip the ball and bled 64 in four overs as South Africa chased down the target comfortably to level the three-match series 1-1 here.

"In the first five or six overs, we actually tried to keep up with Duckworth-Lewis-(Stern)".

The constant drizzle helped ease out conditions as the pitch had proven slow earlier on.

On challenging Quinton de Kock for a place... "They were positive and took calculated risks". "We expect them to show a fight and show some heart and they deserved to win tonight", Kohli was quoted as saying by an International Cricket Council release.

After what happened in the first two Tests in South Africa, going into the first Test without proper acclimatisation or warm-up matches, serious thought is being given to going into major assignments with proper preparation, starting with the tour to England.

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Jasprit Bumrah's abdominal strain had forced India to make a change but they will consider a couple spots for this finale.

"At the toss, we spoke about this being a semi-final and taking the series to Newlands".

"We have managed the short ball pretty well on this tour".

Klaasen used the switch-hit to perfection, hitting Chahal for two sixes over the backward point region. Duminy said they constructed the chase keeping DLS system in mind. To take down 189 was a pretty good effort.

The Indian eves then got two more wickets to have South Africa at the 130 for three in 15.3 overs, but with the batting at their disposal, a 160-plus total was definitely on the cards. "It'll be nice to play in front of my home crowd (in the next match) and hopefully, we put up a spectacle there", he added. When I started playing there were quite a few quality leg spinners in the system. More rain was possible.

The bowling department, featuring Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson, Morris along with chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi will have to come up with something special in order to get rid of the flamboyant Indian batsmen.

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