South Africa vs Pakistan: Klaasen bemoans poor fielding effort

Proteas skipper reacts to dreadful defeat.

South Africa vs Pakistan: Klaasen bemoans poor fielding effort

Proteas stand-in skipper Heinrich Klaasen bemoaned the poor effort in the field by his side in the third South Africa vs Pakistan T20I.

The team failed to defend a score of 203, which Klaasen believed was also 10-15 runs shy of a par score.

South Africa vs Pakistan: Klaasen reacts to defeat

Pakistan broke their national team record for the highest T20I chase for the second time in the series, with Klaasen laying the blame at the feet of the batsmen who couldn’t kick on after getting in and a diabolical effort in the field.

The tourists cantered to a nine wicket victory with two overs to spare and Klaasen was at a loss to explain the effort.

“Tough to explain. I thought we were about 10 runs short. Once again maybe lost a bit of momentum at the back end. Credit to them, they batted really well, they made a lot of good balls look bad. Our fielding was pretty bad, a lot of misfields. We’ve played a lot of cricket at this stadium, I’ve seen a lot of wickets like this. 200 is not enough on this wicket. It’s a very difficult ground on which to defend. We had to score 10-15 runs more to make chasing harder, and then execute in the field. One thing we’re guilty of over the last three games, is not one of our batsmen who made 50 went on to make a big score,” Klaasen said after the third South Africa vs Pakistan T20I.

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Klaasen’s opposite number had a far better day, scoring his maiden T20I century on the day he ascended to the top of the ODI batting rankings for the first time.

He also heaped praise on Mohammad Rizwan, who struck an unbeaten 73 in the chase.

“I had been waiting for this for a long time, I had planned for a long time, and today Allah has given me a chance to finish it,” Babar said at the South Africa vs Pakistan post-match press conference.

“I stick to my strengths and play according to them, and the team’s requirements. Rizwan bhai also played an outstanding innings. He was fasting (for Ramzan), and he batted and he kept wickets, and he was outstanding. We get a lot of confidence and belief looking at him. I also achieved a dream in one-day cricket today (No. 1 ranking).”

Worth the struggle

“I struggled hard, there was a lot of hard work that went into it,” Babar added. 

“I keep trying to learn and add new things to my game, and I will keep trying to do the same. I think our first six overs, we have to give credit to Malan and Markram for playing outstanding innings, until the 10-over mark, but the way we came back in the last five overs allowed us to restrict them to around 200.”  

The final South Africa vs Pakistan T20I takes place at Supersport Park on Frida 16 April.

Source : The South African More