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Faf du Plessis wants better performance from South African bowlers

Faf du Plessis wants better performance from South African bowlers
South Africa have been struggling to defend totals over 200 in the tournament.
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South African Twenty20 International captain Faf du Plessis wants a better display from his bowlers after conceding over 400 runs overall in their first two matches of the ongoing ICC World Twenty20.

South African Twenty20 International captain Faf du Plessis wants a better display from his bowlers after conceding over 400 runs in their first two matches of the ongoing World Twenty20.

In their first game against England, South Africa ended up conceding 230 runs and went on to lose the game while Afghanistan scored 172 runs before being bowled out in a chase of 210 runs.

The South African bowlers conceded 56 runs in the first three overs against England while Afghanistan amassed 47 runs in their first three overs.

Expressing his disappointment at the performance of the bowlers during the powerplay phase, du Plessis stated that there is plenty of room for improvement.

“Our first three overs were very disappointing, obviously there were some really good shots.

“But we need to be a lot better, we have to improve. As simple as that.

“Our skill levels are just letting us little bit down in the first three or four overs.

“I think we are little bit soft in those areas.”

The one bowler that stood apart in the game against Afghanistan was Chris Morris, who took four wickets and fetched the man of the match award.

Urging the rest of the bowlers to emulate the performance of Morris, du Plessis feels that the bowlers need to adapt better to the conditions.

“It’s little bit of a Wankhede issue and the wicket is very good, but it’s definitely not an excuse.

“Morris showed if you bowl with good discipline and good intensity... there is enough for the bowlers still to bowl well (on this wicket).

“With the wickets a bit more two-paced it means our bowlers have the skills to adapt and show some variety.

“Our skills have been found wanting on this pitch.”

South Africa will now move to Nagpur where they will face the Group 1 table toppers West Indies on 25th March.

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