Proteas primed for Cuttack challenge

2015-10-05 09:51
Farhaan Behardien (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Oxigen Proteas are prepared for the almost 360-degree change in conditions expected for the second T20 International against India at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Monday.

The series has moved 2000km from the cooler temperatures of Dharamsala to the hot and humid climate of east India according the Cricket South Africa website

“We understand that the dimensions of the field are slightly bigger,” Farhaan Behardien said to the media in Cuttack on Sunday.

“We are not as high up from an altitude point so the ball won’t travel as far. We are going to have to prepare accordingly, we may have to run a lot more ones and twos.

"Running between the wickets will be important from a batters point of view.

"From a bowlers view, we may need to protect certain pockets of the field because of the bigger dimensions and plans. It is a lot warmer here so we will have to be smart with the way that we manage our energy.”

South Africa and India were almost even in terms of boundaries scored in the first T20I, but it was the number of twos (13 compared to 4 by India) run by the batsmen that gave the Proteas the advantage. Half of the tally was run by Behardien and JP Duminy during their unbeaten 105-run partnership, which was buoyed by good communication between the all-rounders.

“Batting with JP is always a bit of a blessing,” Behardien said.

“He has been here so many times, especially playing in the IPL for Delhi, I’ve also learnt a lot from David Miller and AB de Villiers.

"Back home before the series I spent a lot of time with my franchise coach Rob Walter, we prepped a lot for spin, and it helped, especially in those middle overs in a T20. India generally bowl spin in that period so it was nice to stay calm and JP had a calming influence over me.” 

“We have batted together a few times and I think our communication has improved every game,” Duminy said after Friday’s match.

“Our main focus was to build on the partnership; the run-rate was at the 13-run mark and our focus every over was to try and keep it as close to that mark as possible.”

The match will also be the first T20I match for the venue and Indian Premier League (IPL) scores for day-night matches average around 160 for either team batting first or second.

Read more on:    proteas  |  jp duminy  |  farhaan behardien  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

03 November 2016
Australia v South Africa, Perth 04:30
12 November 2016
Australia v South Africa, Hobart 01:30
24 November 2016
Australia v South Africa, Adelaide Oval 05:30
Previous Results

Date Match Result

Should Proteas coach Russell Domingo stay - or go - as national coach?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.