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KL Rahul blames loss of wickets in middle-overs, middle-order cave in for loss

India skipper KL Rahul blamed loss of wickets within the center overs and below-par display by way of the center order batters for the group’s 31-run defeat towards South Africa within the ODI series-opener right here on Wednesday.

Resolute batting from house skipper Temba Bavuma (110) and Rassie van der Dussen (129 no longer out) took South Africa to a match-winning 296 for 4 as Indian bowlers struggled to take wickets.

“It was once a pleasing recreation. There’s such a lot to be informed. We began off truly nicely, we couldn’t get wickets within the center. We’ll glance to look how we get wickets within the center overs and forestall the opposition,” Rahul stated on the post-match presentation rite.

That is that from the first ODI.

South Africa win by way of 31 runs.

Scorecard – #SAvIND

— BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2022

When India chased, Rahul himself, Rishabh Pant (16), Shreyas Iyer (17) and Venkatesh Iyer (2) may just no longer give a contribution a lot.

“The center-order couldn’t get going. We have been on par for the primary 20-25 overs of the sport. I believed we might chase it down simply however SA bowled truly nicely and were given the most important wickets,” stated Rahul.


A well-made half of century for @imVkohli off 60 deliveries.

His 63rd in ODIs.

Are living – #SAvIND

— BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2022

Requested to touch upon wicket, the India captain stated,”I didn’t bat after the 20 th over, I don’t know if it modified greatly. Virat and Shikhar advised that it was once a just right wicket to bat on, you simply needed to spend a while within the center, sadly we couldn’t get the partnership going.”

“They (South Africa) did truly nicely, they put power at the bowlers and we couldn’t get the ones wickets within the center. 290+ was once 20 runs additional, however we simply wanted extra partnerships within the center.”

Rahul additionally stated that they haven’t performed one-day cricket for some time however they’ve 2023 International Cup in thoughts.

“We need to get the most efficient XI at the park. We’ll make errors however we’ll be informed from them,” he stated in connection with the International Cup.


Rassie van der Dussen follows his captain’s lead and rockets to a half-century off 83 balls💪 #SAvIND #BetwayODISeries #BePartOfIt | @Betway_India

— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 19, 2022

In the meantime, house captain Bavuma stated they performed “with regards to a super recreation.”

“That’s slightly laborious in 50-over cricket. We will take a large number of self assurance. I struggled right through the innings, Rassie gave the look of batting on every other wicket. That partnership was once the decider,” he stated.


The #Proteas captain is going to his 2nd ODI century with a nicely crafted innings at Boland Park🔥 #SAvIND #BetwayODISeries #BePartOfIt | @Betway_India

— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 19, 2022

Speaking extra about his partnership with van der Dussen, he stated, “I attempted to spouse him up to I may just.”

He was once additionally all reward for pacer Marco Jansen, who didn’t take a wicket however inspired.

“Any other just right debut for him (Jansen), we really feel he can take wickets with the brand new ball. He’s rising from energy to energy and it’s great to look. Aiden is at all times an choice with the ball, particularly with the brand new ball. He’s been doing an unbelievable task.”

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