Maharaj on Proteas surrender: ‘We must be proactive rather than reactive’

Keshav Maharaj (Gallo Images)

It was another hot day for the Proteas on Friday as India comfortably defeated them in their fourth T20 international.

This leaves the series tied as a 2-all with a match to be played.

For the second year in a row, the Proteas batters didn’t come to the party to chase India’s Total and Temba Bavuma’s charges lost by 82 runs.

Initially, the Proteas bowlers did well and got India into trouble before Hardik Pandya (46) and Dinesh Karthik (51) took the fifth wicket on 65.

Karthik in particular took part in Proteas bowling for the last five overs as India hit a respectable 169/6.

Keshav Maharaj, standing in for the injured Bavuma, conceded that the last five overs of the Indian innings left the Proteas trailing.

“Obviously things didn’t go according to plan in the last five overs. We leaked a bit too much,” Maharaj said during the post-match interview.

“DK [Karthik] played exceptionally well in the backend, but maybe we need to work on other plans and adapt much more quickly.”

Maharaj believes the Proteas threw back their pursuit after India’s last five-over attack by losing quick wickets on the power play and it was a tough fight from there.

“The way we started the power play just threw us back and we couldn’t find our way back,” he said.

“We held back a bit. We never really got going and lost wickets at crucial moments, so we couldn’t create the basis for a partnership that ended up exploding. Fair play, the Indian team bowled really well today. “

Asked if South Africa misjudged the pitch and were struggling with the fact that it was slowing down during their innings, Maharaj said the Proteas might need to be more proactive than reactive during the game.

“Maybe it’s a lack of adaptability on the day that we need to go back and address. Obviously it’s a big game for the series on Sunday and we have to be a bit more proactive than reactive in situations like this.”

The last T20 international match takes place in Bengaluru on Sunday.

It starts at 3:30 p.m.

Maharaj on Proteas surrender: ‘We must be proactive rather than reactive’

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