Protea bowlers let team down

2015-10-01 06:00
Protea batsman JP Duminy got to grips early in Indian conditions yesterday, making an undefeated 68* in a losing cause against India A in Dheli.
PHOTO: getty images

Protea batsman JP Duminy got to grips early in Indian conditions yesterday, making an undefeated 68* in a losing cause against India A in Dheli. PHOTO: getty images

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DESPITE posting a solid 189-3 in their 20 overs against India A in a T20 tour match in Delhi earlier this week, it wasn’t enough as the Proteas went down by eight wickets, India A reaching 193-2 in 19.4 overs.

Both sides were allowed to field 12 players although the normal 11 batting and fielding rules applied.

Faf du Plessis won the toss and batted on a strip that looked to offer something to the batsmen.

AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock opened and De Kock was walking back after four balls of the first over, run out for two.

Du Plessis joined De Villiers and the pair added 87 in 9.2 overs at a healthy rate of 9.32. Du Plessis retired with 42 to his name and De Villiers departed for 37, leaving JP Duminy to take the game to the bowlers with an undefeated 68 from 32 balls.

David Miller contributed 10 and Farhaan Berhardien was 17* when the 20 overs were up.

Having to score at a rate of 9.45 to the over, India A rose to the challenge, Manan Vohra (56 from 42 balls) and Mayank Agarwal (87 from 49 balls) putting on 119 for the opening partnership.

Sanju Samson (31*) and captain Mandeep Singh (12*) were at the wicket to take their side home.

Of concern was the Protea bowling with seven bowlers used. Of those five went at more than 10 to the over — Kyle Abbott (0-43 in four), Kagiso Rabada (0-33 in three), Eddie Leie (0-23 in two) and Duminy (1-22 in two).

Chris Morris went at 6,66 in his three overs, Marchant de Lange 9,37 in 2.4 overs and Imran Tahir 8,66 in three overs.

It’s still early days with the serious business beginning on Friday with the first of three T20s against India in Dharamshala. Earlier in the week, coach Russell Domingo cited his players’ IPL experience as a benefit to the campaign.

“We have 10 players in our T20 squad who play for various franchies in the IPL and this enables us to have a good understanding of Indian conditions,” he said. “This is a tough tour and we are used to tough cricket. That’s how we play.”

Scores in brief

South Africa 189-3 (Duminy 68*, Du Plessis 42 ret, De Villiers 37)

India A 193-2 (Agarwal 87, Vohra 56)

India A won by eight wickets

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