Cape Town - Farhaan
Behardien has urged the Proteas to play a 'fearless'
brand of cricket in the third T20 International against India at Newlands on Saturday.
The Proteas levelled the series with a
commanding six-wicket win at SuperSport Park on Wednesday, a performance
highlighted by brave and dominant hitting with the bat.
The bumper home series
against India will come to a climax at a sold-out Newlands on Saturday, a
fitting end to a competitive showing of cricket across the formats.
A win in the T20I
series-decider would cap off a successful home series for the Proteas
against the visitors, to go with the 2-1 Test series win last
"Tomorrow is a big
game," Behardien said ahead of the match on Friday. "The series is 1-1,
hopefully the Cape Town faithful will come out and support us on
Saturday night. This is another chance to play against
a top side and to gain experience going forward."
One positive from the
series has been the emergence of new talent.
The new caps have made the
transition and have stepped up to the pressures and standards of
Behardien says the performances
from the youngsters have brought a refreshing element to the series,
especially their flair, skill and composure.
"Junior (Dala) has been
a consistent performer over the last few seasons so it's nice to see
him in full flight in the last few days," he said.
isn't a newbie but he was the leading run-scorer
in the RAM SLAM and he comes in with a lot of confidence into this
series. I have played with Heinrich Klaasen the whole summer, he is
coming off some massive form. I am impressed with the way they have
taken to the international stage.
"A lot of the new
faces don't carry the baggage from the ODI series. They are fearless
cricketers; you have guys bowling at 140km/h, guys smashing it out of
the park, it is exciting to see."
Play is scheduled to start at 18:00.