Proteas captain Temba Bavuma not taking anything for granted. Image: @TembaBavuma

“It’s a challenge for Proteas to bat second” admits Bavuma

Temba Bavuma’s Proteas were bowled out for just 83 runs against hosts India, their lowest total at a World Cup.


Proteas captain Temba Bavuma not taking anything for granted. Image: @TembaBavuma

Proteas captain Temba Bavuma admitted that his side is struggling when batting second after their 243-run defeat against India on Sunday.

The Proteas have already qualified for the semi-finals but needed to beat India to go top of the group.

India won the toss and chose to bat first in Kolkata.

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Virat Kohli‘s unbeaten 101 saw India post a challenging scoe of 327.

Bavuma’s men, who won six of their seven games before the India game, struggled to get going during their chase.

Ravindra Jadeja was the destroyer-in-chief, claiming five wickets while giving away just 33 runs in nine overs against South Africa, becoming just the second Indian spinner to take a five-wicket haul in ODI World Cups.

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Proteas were bowled out for a mere 83 runs, their lowest total at a World Cup.

Speaking after the match, Bavuma said his team had a problem when batting second.

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“It’s a challenge to bat second. I’m aware what the narrative is out there about us chasing. I think we didn’t do justice to our potential. We couldn’t take wickets at regular intervals. The wicket played the way we suspected it to. We couldn’t adapt. It’s on us now. We need to improve,” said Bavuma.

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Proteas next play Afghanistan in their final group game.