Proteas expected NZ backlash

Cape Town - The Proteas  squad expected the New Zealand backlash, which helped the visitors square the three-match International series going into the final match at Axxess St George’s in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

The Black Caps overcame a poor first outing on Friday in Durban, to put themselves back into the series with an eight-wicket win (D/L method) in the second match.

“I’ve always said that New Zealand has always been a great fighting team, we have never taken them lightly,” Faf du Plessis said after Sunday’s loss. “They have match winners in their team which was the case with Martin Guptil on Sunday night, he played a fantastic innings. To score a hundred in a game like that, I think your team deserves it (the win).”

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Guptil’s 69-ball century outshone an average bowling performance from the Proteas, in challenging coastal conditions.  

“I actually thought our seamers bowled really well, the ball was really wet so that made it tough for the spinners,” Du Plessis said. “That is something I didn’t anticipate, I didn’t think the ball would skid on as much as it did for the coast.

“The seamers I thought bowled well under pressure in the last four overs, those were good conditions to bat in because the ball was skidding off the pitch.”

Du Plessis admitted that the hazy overhead conditions did play a part in the Proteas missed opportunities, but was also quick to concede that there was “no excuse” for dropping catches.
Earlier, it was the batsmen who set the platform with a healthy first innings score of 169 (D/L Method), highlighted by Henry Davids’ maiden T20 half-century and 63 off 43 balls from the captain himself.

“I was very happy with the batting,” he said. “The conditions weren’t as good batting first, and it was a little bit slow so I thought 169 was a match-winning score, obviously that wasn’t the case.”

The other standout performer was David Miller, who revved up the momentum with an 18-ball 33.

“It was a fantastic innings, to come in at that stage when conditions made it difficult to come in and start scoring was great, I certainly struggled when I came in. David came in and hit the ball sweetly to all parts of the field. It’s great to have him back, he is a young talent and he brings a lot to the team.”  

- Sport24
Vince van Rooyen 2012-12-24 08:50:58 AM
Yeah right!! At least the third will be a bit more interesting?
Annelise Van Der Schyff 2012-12-24 09:19:02 AM
Is crixket also game for bookies???
goyougoodthing 2012-12-24 10:00:19 AM
match fix
Aam Coetzee 2012-12-24 10:04:01 AM
Have never seen such a dumb decision as the one on the last ball. Why didn't put every defender on the boundary and just stop the 3 or 4 runs. What were they trying to achieve.
Louis Nolte 2012-12-24 10:08:00 AM
There is only one team in the world that wins by massive margins and then lose the next match. The Proteas never seem to improve, its been like this for years on end.
Ian Calder 2012-12-24 10:14:47 AM
Lets maybe talk about bowling Kleinveld in the last over after he had already had a shocker, and he serves up a full toss on the very last ball. If the ball is slipping out of your hand, I think you could take the extra 5 seconds on the last ball to make sure its dry and your hand is dry. Seriously amateur bowling performance, none of our bowlers looked to have them in any trouble at all.
Gerhard Williams 2012-12-24 10:15:26 AM
A great innings by Guptil. Hoe can FAF say that our seamers "bowled really well"? They bowled the usual short-pitched (lets forgive the legside stuff as the ball being wet) rubbish they are so prone to do. After getting away with the short bowling in the first T20, they then did the same on a slower pitch. It is all dod and well bringing new talent into the side but does it have to be on a wholesale basis. Are the selectors just arrogant or with no respect for the opposition let alone the fans?
Shane Asselbergs 2012-12-24 10:16:34 AM
Way too much short and wayward bowling from the Proteas bowlers. You have to feel for Faf if his bowlers cannot bowl to a field and execute a plan. There is a big gap in quality between these guys and the Test bowlers. You would expect that, I suppose, but you can make up for ability by just being disciplined and thoughtful.
Lwazi Ntloko 2012-12-24 11:30:10 AM
How does Faf Du Plessis get everybody inside the circle, when NZ need 4runs to win of the last ball.... #Classic example of Bad Captaincy!