Youngsters were under pressure but did well against the world-class side, says Quinton de Kock
South Africa’s captain Quinton de Kock praised his youngsters and backed them for doing well in the third match, as they lost to India by seven wickets in the second T20 international here on Wednesday.
When asked to bat first, South Africa mounted The Kock’s Captain 52 and Temba Bavuma’s 49 to publish a modest target of 149/5 in 20 overs. In response, India’s skipper, Virat Kohli, hit 72 not-out to take the hosts home easily. South Africa played with three debutants in Anrich Nortje and Bjorn Fortuin, as well as Bavuma while looking to rebuild a team that suffered a disastrous World Cup where they crashed in the league stage.
“We had a good start, and towards the end, they played pretty well and assessed the conditions better than we did,” said of Kock after the game.
“There was much pressure on some of the new guys, and I think they did pretty well against this world-class opposition. South Africa relied heavily on pacemaker Kagiso Rabada for wickets, but ran out of wickets and leaked 24 runs in three overs.”
Kagiso Rabada in advance tried to pick wickets and unfortunately, with the rhythm of the ball, seemed more natural to bat and the rhythm of the ball appeared to be the best option in this wicket.
“I was very hungry to go out, and I hope next time we’ll do better than what we did today with the bat,” the visiting captain added. The two sides will face off in the final meeting of the T20 in Bengaluru on Sunday. The first party razed in Dharamsala.