We would have like to be more convincing than that: Markram after win against Windies

Markram acknowledged that the Proteas erred a bit in attempting to finish off the chase against West Indies too soon, leading to an unconvincing victory.
Aiden Markram of South Africa looks on during the ICC Men's T20 Cricket World Cup 2024 match between South Africa and Bangladesh at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium on June 10, 2024
Aiden Markram of South Africa looks on during the ICC Men's T20 Cricket World Cup 2024 match between South Africa and Bangladesh at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium on June 10, 2024(Photo | AFP)

NORTH SOUND:  Relieved to have qualified for the semifinals of the T20 World Cup, South Africa captain Aiden Markram acknowledged that the Proteas erred a bit in attempting to finish off the chase against West Indies too soon, leading to an unconvincing victory.

South Africa did well to restrict the two-time champions to 135/8. In reply, the Proteas were 15/2 in two overs when rain disrupted proceedings for close to an hour.

The South African batters saw the reduced revised target and improved batting conditions after rain as an opportunity to go hammer and tongs at the target of 123 but kept losing wickets as the hosts made things tight.

Eventually Makram and his men got the work done." A lot of relief to get through to the semifinal. Not going to be brain-washed by that. We would have liked to be more convincing with bat in hand," Markram said at the post match presentation.

"After the rain break, the wicket was playing nicely. We did not get the partnerships to then kill the game and Tried to kill the chase too early, it put us in a tricky position. The win is massive for us and fantastic for the change room, he added .

"We bowled really well, assessed conditions and kept them to a sub-par total. We could have build a partnership after the break and then take it from there, we will take that learning and hopefully we won’t make the mistake again”, Says Markram, hopes the nervy win will be a learning lesson for his side. With the wicket aiding spinners, Markram opted to  bowl wrist spinner TabraizShamsi (3/27), KeshavMaharaj (1/24) and himself (1/28), while using pace spearhead KagisoRabada and Marco Jansen for two overs each.

"We picked Shamsi to have a mystery spinner against them and immediately saw it spinning, so we wanted to bowl as much spin as we can. If it wouldn't spun that much then we would have used our pacers, not a lot of times when KG bowls only 2 overs. We have been doing really well, the bowling unit is firing and as a batting unit it is about when to take the game on. We need to be smart on those situations”.

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