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JP Duminy not concerned after defeat against India A

JP Duminy not concerned after defeat against India A
JP Duminy is not reading too much into South Africa's defeat against India A in the Twenty20 Tour match in Delhi on Tuesday.
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South African batsman JP Duminy is not reading too much into his side's defeat against India A in the Twenty20 Tour match in Delhi on Tuesday.

After opting to bat first, South Africa batted well to put 189 runs on the board, but their bowlers failed to defend the target.

India A chased down the total with eight wickets in hand and two balls to spare, riding on the back of a 119-run opening stand between Manan Vohra and Mayank Agarwal.

Though Duminy feels that South Africa could have bowled better, he dismissed the need to worry over the performance of the bowlers.

“I think we would have loved the result to go our way but I was quite pleased with our first outing in India.

“Scoring (around) 190, that was a good start with the bat for us, but yes we could have executed a little bit better with the ball but I don’t think it is something that we need to worry too much about.”

Duminy also stressed on the importance of learning from the mistakes made in the tour game in order to put a good show in the upcoming T20I series against India.

“The guys know where they went wrong during the match but there is still another three days to go before Friday so it’s important for us to make sure that we put in some good work leading into that first game, that first game is the most important thing for us.” 

Duminy was the top scorer for South Africa in the tour game with an unbeaten knock of 68 runs from 32 balls, hitting two fours and half a dozen sixes.

The 31-year-old missed the One-Day International series against New Zealand in August in order to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.

Noting that it was important for him to spend time in the middle, Duminy asserted that South Africa have to put their best foot forward against India in the first T20I.

“I haven’t played for a while so it was key for me to spend some time out in the middle.

“It’s only a warm-up game, yes I enjoyed it, but we have got to make sure that we put in the big performances on the big stage which is Friday.” 

The South African bowlers largely underperformed on Tuesday, with Kyle Abbott and Kasigo Rabada going for more than 10 runs an over.

Nevertheless, Duminy is confident in the South African bowling attack as players like Marchant de Lange and Abbott have the experience of playing in the Indian Premier League.

“I have no doubt that they have what it takes to win the series as a bowling department.

“It was a nice opportunity for us to assess what is going to work and what is not going to work for us in these conditions.

“Marchant de Lange and Kyle Abbott would have played in these conditions during the IPL, while Kagiso (Rabada) may be new to these conditions so it’s important for him to understand what works and what doesn’t, to assess early on especially against a formidable line-up in the Indian team.” 

South Africa’s tour of India will get underway when the two teams face each other in the first T20I in Dharamsala on Friday. 

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