“Would have liked…”: Aiden Markram points out the reasons behind South Africa’s heavy loss against India

South Africa were beaten by India in the first ODI match© AFP

After his side’s eight-wicket loss to India in the first ODI, South African captain Aiden Markram said that Indian bowlers used the lateral movement while bowling really well and put the Proteas behind right from the first ball. The young Indian team delivered the first blow of the three-match ODI series against South Africa as a five-wicket haul by Arshdeep Singh, fifties from debutant Sai Sudarshan and Shreyas Iyer helped India to a one-sided victory in Johannesburg on Sunday. “Tough one (the loss). We would have liked to have put up a really good score batting first. Credit to their bowling attack with the lateral movement. We weren’t even allowed to settle down and build a partnership. The problem was right from the start and couldn’t pull things back. (Misread the pitch?) We expected it to go around a bit. Generally in day matches it does something for 5-7 overs, we’ve seen that before. But today it went for longer and we couldn’t come in and build partnerships,” Markram said in the post-match presentation.

“I think it comes down to individuals (on aggressive batting). When you’re out there, you’ve got to assess yourself and communicate with the partner. We’re encouraging guys to be positive but also pick smart options. We’re going to have to to assess.(Do you want to bat first again?) Probably not [laughs],” he added.

Coming to the match, the Proteas chose to bat first. But Indian pacers Arshdeep and Avesh Khan proved this decision fatal for the Proteas. Only De Zorzi (28 in 22 balls, with two fours and two sixes) and Phehlukwayo (33 in 49 balls, with three fours and two sixes) could contribute anything decent as SA were bundled out for 116 in 27.3 overs.

Arshdeep (5/37) and Avesh (4/27) were the best bowlers for India. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav got one wicket for India.

Chasing 117, India lost Ruturaj Gaikwad (5) early but fifties from debutant Sai Sudarshan (55 in 43 balls, with nine fours) and Shreyas Iyer (52 in 45 balls, with six fours and a six) game India with over 33 over to over.

Wiaan Mulder and Andile Phehlukwayo got a wicket each.

Arshdeep took home the ‘Player of the Match’ award.

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