David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen‘s knocks helped South Africa chase a huge target of 212 against India in the first of the three-match T20I in New Delhi. Miller was also awarded the Player of the Match. He scored 64 runs off 31 balls with five sixes to help the Proteas reach their highest successful chase in T20I with five balls to spare.
During a pre-match press conference on Saturday, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was asked about India’s plan for David Miller in the 2nd T20I which will be played at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Sunday. With a laugh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar said that he would prefer South Africa to drop Miller from the next match.
“It is difficult (bowling to Miller). He is in such good form. Main toh chahunga South Africa unhe drop kar de par wo aisa karenge nahi (I would want South Africa to drop him but they would not do so (laughs). He batted so well in the IPL, we know his calibre. Bowling to him would be a challenge,” he said.
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“The bowling was not upto the mark”- Bhuvneshwar Kumar
The veteran right-arm seamer was taken apart from Miller in the 18th over. He admitted that the bowling wasn’t upto the mark in the first match and promised to comeback in the next match.
“As you said, the bowling was not upto the mark in the first game so we are expecting that we bowl better in the second T20I and we are able to win to level the series. We have four games remaining in this series, we have a chance to win the series. We have to bowl better, and we need to bat in the same fashion like the previous game.
“We discussed what went wrong. It was the first game of the series, everyone is coming out the IPL and almost everyone who is in the team had a good IPL. So everyone knows what needs to be done and the things we can improve on. As a bowling unit, we had an off day and we all want to make a comeback in the second T20I,” he added.
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