Cape Town - Proteas T20 captain, Faf du Plessis, has
labelled the series-clinching bowling performance against India in Cuttack on
Monday as ‘possibly the best’ he has experienced as leader of the side.
The pacemen, alongside some sharp fielding, helped dismiss
India for their lowest T20I score (92) at home to give the Proteas the first
punch of the long tour.
“I thought today was possibly the best bowling performance I
have seen from us in T20 cricket,” Du Plessis told the media after the match.
“It was amazing to see how well all the bowlers bowled. To be two-nil up
against India in India is a huge achievement for us and we are really proud of
Du Plessis believes the series win will spur on the
confidence ahead of the One-Day International (ODI) series starting in Kanpur
in less than a week.
“As I said before at the start of the series, the way you
start when you come to India is extremely important,” he said. “It’s hard to
pull yourself back when you start with a couple of losses, when India is on top
they play really well. It was important for us from a T20 perspective because
we were starting off the tour that we hit our straps from the beginning.”
Monday’s win was also one of Du Plessis’ most tactically
astute performances as captain since his appointment in 2013 but the
31-year-old was quick to give credit to the bowlers for sticking to their game
“It was a gut feel to try and use Immi (Tahir) up front,” he
said of his bowling plans. “He hasn’t bowled in the power play before but it
was a case of changing things up and trying to be unpredictable so that the
batsmen couldn’t plan ahead.
“I thought there was great variation in the first few
overs,” he added. “There was spin and pace along with two great run-outs, the
plan was to get wickets up front. It was a great performance from our bowlers,
we kept it consistent even after six overs.”
The Proteas travel to Kolkata on Wednesday morning ahead of
the final match of the series at Eden Gardens on Thursday.