Friday, 22 February, 2019

Touch of Klaasen helps South Africa draw level

The Proteas and South African cricket in general are in trouble Touch of Klaasen helps South Africa draw level
Kristopher Love | 24 February, 2018, 05:31

With South Africa winning the Test series, and India the ODI series, the victor of the T20 series will determine the real champion between both the sides. The second T 20 match that is today and there are many expectations that Virat could earn this record in this match also. But middle-order batsman David Miller and Chris Morris, who failed to click in the first match, have to pull up their socks this time to support the lower order which failed drastically.

The home side, who are 2-1 down in the series showed late bursts of brilliance with the bat in hand after India comfortably won their first two encounters by seven and nine wickets respectively in Potchefstroom and East London.

Duminy had named an unchanged eleven in the previous game, and it remains to be seen if they will bother breaking away from this consistency in the series-decider.

Beating Richards seems hard as of now, as Kohli needs to 176 runs with only two T20s to go.

A rare failure for the India skipper.

With a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series, India will look to seal the series at Centurion on February 21.

A ruthless India has only complacency to guard against while a deflated South Africa would be fighting another battle of survival when the two sides clash in the series-deciding second Twenty20 global, here on Wednesday. However, if Australia beat New Zealand in the T20 tri-series' final (on Wednesday as well), India would stay on in their current third position. "This one takes the cherry on the cake", said Klaasen.

"If I were you, I would visit the bookstore and pick up the Oxford dictionary", Shastri shot back.

"If something doesn't work for you, you have to come up with something else... so that's what probably worked to our advantage". "Otherwise, they know what to expect", he added. The Proteas bounced back with a six-wicket win in Centurion.

It was not a flawless performance by the Proteas, but they will take positives from this match as they managed to soak up the pressure considering that the average score batting second at this venue is 130. Entire credit should go to the leader.

JP Duminy: Strangely, batting first has proved to be a better option, but with rain in the air, I think the ball could swing around a bit. He could manage just one wicket in these two matches.

Despite enjoying a lot of success thus far, Klaasen reiterated that De Kock still remains South Africa's go-to wicketkeeper-batsman. We've been doing well in the last two games against South Africa. So that was the idea. The duo had got a good momentum going and it seemed as if they were going to ask for a review of the decision.