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IND vs SA: South Africa needs to bat better against the new ball, feels Keshav Maharaj

image-l8ms0sv7Keshav Maharaj top-scored for South Africa at Thiruvananthapuram [PC: Twitter]

The series opener at Thiruvananthapuram between India and South Africa witnessed a green track welcome the visitors, who were wrecked in the first few overs by Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh.

India's opening duo Chahar and Singh produced prodigious swing bowling that reduced the Proteas to nine for five before Keshav Maharaj and Wayne Parnell helped their team out of the ditch to manage 106 runs for eight by the end of their 20-overs.

In the press conference, Maharaj, who top-scored for his side with a 35-ball 41, spoke about the South African top-order combating the swinging conditions better. 

Maharaj on South African batters

"The application we saw upfront, we need to re-assess that and find ways to combat the swing. The ball did swing prodigiously in the first couple of overs.

Something that we need to address is the new ball, the way we are playing it, there is a lot of swing in it. So maybe just adjust our plan and mindset and take it from there,"

The bowling all-rounder further revealed how the team was taken aback seeing the support for bowlers early on.

"We didn't expect the ball to swing so prodigiously. It wasn't an easy wicket to bat on, it was two paced, the odd balls skidded through, a lot of tennis ball bounce at various points," 

India leads the series 1-0 as the teams moves to Assam, which hosts the second T20I on October 2 at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium.

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