Witness Reporter
3 minute read
14 Apr 2021
06:41

‘We’ve got this’, says Linde ahead of third T20 International against Pakistan

Witness Reporter

South Africa and Pakistan enter the third T20 International at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday with both looking to gain an advantage before Friday’s final game in the series.

South Africa and Pakistan enter the third T20 International at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday with both looking to gain an advantage before Friday’s final game in the series.

Pakistan took the honours in the first match, after they scooped the ODI series by surprise, but South Africa struck back with venom in the second T20I on Monday in Johannesburg.

“There are a lot of new guys and we just need time and experience, and then I promise you we will scare some teams. We always get abuse, no matter what we do, but I would just ask people to be patient, we’ve got this.”
Proteas spinner, George Linde

Wednesday’s match sees coach Mark Boucher’s home team again being challenged to get a positive result without many regular players.

After Monday’s win, Proteas spinner George Linde urged cricket followers to be patient with the team, because they are building a new, aggressive style of play.

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“There are a lot of new guys and we just need time and experience, and then I promise you we will scare some teams. We always get abuse, no matter what we do, but I would just ask people to be patient, we’ve got this,” Linde said.

He was voted man-of-the-match after performing well with ball and bat in the six-wicket triumph.

“If we play that type of cricket then we can reach another level, and we know exactly how we want to go about things.”
George Linde

“This is the game-plan heading towards the World Cup, it’s what we’ve all bought into.

“If we play that type of cricket then we can reach another level, and we know exactly how we want to go about things.”

Mumbai Indians ‘return from the dead’

Meanwhile, in the fourth match of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday evening, the Mumbai Indians came back from the dead to beat the Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs in a dramatic finish to their IPL match in Chennai.

Mumbai were dismissed for a below-par 152 in their innings, thanks largely to a career-best 5-15 from Andre Russell, and when Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana reached 72 without loss in the ninth over in KKR’s reply, the match seemed well within their grasp.

But, just as Mumbai lost their last seven wickets for 38 in five overs in a stunning collapse, so Kolkata fell to pieces in the latter part of their innings, partly due to some excellent bowling from legspinner Rahul Chahar (4-27) and paceman Trent Boult (2-27), but also because of panic in the middle and late order as the Kolkata batsmen went for unrealistically ambitious shots on a slow pitch that got stickier by the over.

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As it was, only openers Rana (57 in 47 balls) and Gill (33 in 24 balls) reached double figures as Chahar, in particular, posed problems the batsmen simply couldn’t solve, gaining turn and bounce in a career-best performance.

It was a bitter pill for KKR to swallow because they seemed so close to turning around recent results against Mumbai in which the IPL’s reigning champions had chalked up nine victories in their last 10 matches.

It was not to be, and Mumbai showed, not for the first time, that they are tough opponents to beat, particularly when defending an ordinary total that was 21 runs short of the average score at the ground.