India vs South Africa: Proteas captain JP Duminy says team 'kept composure with bat' after taking early wickets

Duminy said, "At the toss, we spoke about this being a semi-final and taking the series to Newlands. We kept our composure with the bat after taking early wickets."

IANS, February 22, 2018

Centurion: After playing a crucial knock in the second T20I which helped his team beat India by six wickets, South Africa skipper Jean Paul Duminy (64 not out) said the team kept its composure while batting.

JP Duminy in action in the second T20I of the series against India in Centurion. AFP

JP Duminy in action in the second T20I of the series against India in Centurion. AFP

Chasing a formidable target of 189 runs on Wednesday night, the hosts romped home with eight balls to spare. The three-match series is now locked at 1-1.

Wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen brought up his maiden T20I half-century, producing an awe inspiring show of power hitting to plunder 69 runs off just 30 balls.

Duminy remained unbeaten on 64 runs off 40 balls with four boundaries and three sixes.

"At the toss, we spoke about this being a semi-final and taking the series to Newlands. We kept our composure with the bat after taking early wickets," Duminy was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council (ICC) website.

"I just thought the way Klaasen came and played with freedom, we kept up with the rate. It was raining pretty similarly in our innings as well but I was comfortable when we were ahead of the rate," he added.

Duminy also said the key point of the match was when they took the top three wickets early.

"They (India) came at us but the key for us was taking the wickets and we got three up front. To chase down 189 is a pretty good effort. 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.

Updated Date: Feb 22, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5599 124
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3474 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114