Cricket: We need to execute better, says South African stand-in skipper after straight losses

Published: February 5, 2018

STORY: The Indian team has two quality wrist spinners and we have to give them credit for that but we can still execute better, said South African stand-in captain, Aiden Markram after losing the second one day international in the six-match series to the Indians in Centurion on Sunday (February 04).

Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took career-best figures as India cruised to a thumping nine-wicket One-Day International victory over a woeful South Africa on Sunday.

The introduction of the spinners proved the catalyst for the hosts’ batting line-up collapse, with Chahal picking up the wickets of innings’ top-scorers, JP Duminy and debutant Khaya Zondo, both of whom scored 25 runs.

There are scoring windows left by slow bowling of the spinners, which the South African batsmen must utilize, said South Africa’s batting coach, Dale Benkenstein.

After victory in the opening match of the six-game series in Durban, India always looked in control of the chase as opener Shikhar Dhawan (51 not out from 56 balls) and captain Virat Kohli (46 not out from 50 balls) made light work of the home attack.

The third match in the series will be played in Cape Town on Wednesday (February 07).

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