South Africa need to find ways to combat new ball: Keshav Maharaj | Cricket News

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Left arm spinner from South Africa Keshav Maharaj believes the Proteas need to reassess how to combat the new ball that swung “prodigiously” in the opening overs of the series opener against India.
South African batting unit collapsed as Indian tailors Arshdeep Singh (3/32) and Deepak Chahar (2/24) swung the ball back and forth to set up an eight-wicket win for the hosts in the first T20I here on Wednesday night.
“I don’t think it’s a chapter we need to dwell too much on. However, we need to discuss how we started,” Maharaj said in the post-match press conference.
“The application that we saw at the start, we have to re-evaluate it and find ways to combat the swing. The ball swung prodigiously in the first two overs.”
Maharaj, who led the visitors with a 35-ball 41, thinks some adjustment and a change of mindset could help them combat the swing.
“Something we need to address is the new ball, the way we play it, there’s a lot of swing in it. So maybe just adjust our plan and mindset and go from there,” he added.
South Africa were shocked at 9/5 in the first three overs before Aiden Markram (25) and Wayne Parnell (24) steadied the ship before Maharaj took them past the 100 point mark.
“We didn’t expect the ball to swing so prodigiously. It wasn’t an easy wicket to hit, it was two paced, the weird balls were skidding, a lot of tennis balls were bouncing in various places,” said said Maharaj.
“I don’t think we want to dwell too much on what happened, but it’s something we can address in the future and hopefully we can rectify that,” he added. .
The left-arm spinner felt the team did well to put on a game after being in such a precarious position early in the game.
“When you’re under pressure it’s hard to come back but the boys showed a bit of fighting spirit and character.
“The character we showed comes back from 5/29 and gets 106 and still makes it a game, we can take a lot of positives out of it.”
The 32-year-old regretted the “little moments” that did not go in South Africa’s favor and could have changed the complexion of the game.
“Sewing bowlers did extremely well in the Powerplay – KG (Kagiso Rabada) and Wayne (Parnell), got the wickets, didn’t give much. I don’t think it got any easier to hit but the little moments could have passed our way.”
“When Surya (Kumar Yadav) came to hit the top edge, the situation could have been different. But all the credit goes to Indian batting unit KL (Rahul) and Surya hit very well,” Maharaj said.
The two teams will meet again at the second T20I in Guwahati on Sunday.

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