South Africa’s batting unit crumbled as Indian seamers Arshdeep Singh (3/32) and Deepak Chahar (2/24) swung the ball each methods to arrange an eight-wicket win for the hosts within the first T20I right here on Wednesday evening.
“I do not suppose it is a chapter we have to dwell an excessive amount of on. Nonetheless, we do want to talk about how we began,” Maharaj stated on the post-match press convention.
“The applying we noticed upfront, we have to re-assess that and discover methods to fight the swing. The ball did swing prodigiously within the first couple of overs.”
Maharaj, who top-scored for the guests with a 35-ball 41, feels some adjustment and a change in mindset may assist them fight the swing.
“One thing that we have to handle is the brand new ball, the way in which we’re enjoying it, there’s numerous swing in it. So possibly simply alter our plan and mindset and take it from there,” he added.
South Africa had been reeling at 9/5 inside the first three overs earlier than Aiden Markram (25) and Wayne Parnell (24) steadied the ship earlier than Maharaj took them over the 100-run mark.
“We did not anticipate the ball to swing so prodigiously. It wasn’t a straightforward wicket to bat on, it was two paced, the odd balls skidded by way of, numerous tennis ball bounce at varied factors,” Maharaj stated.
“I do not suppose we need to dwell an excessive amount of on what has transpired, however it’s one thing that we are able to handle going ahead and hopefully we are able to rectify that,” he added.
The left-arm spinner felt the workforce did nicely to make a match after being in such a precarious place in the beginning of the sport.
“When you find yourself put beneath stress it’s tough to comeback however the boys confirmed a bit little bit of combat and character.
“The character that we confirmed getting back from 29/5 and get 106 and nonetheless kind of make a recreation of it, we are able to take numerous positives from that.”
The 32-year-old rued the “small moments” that did not go in South Africa’s favour that would have change the complexion of the sport.
“The seam bowlers did extraordinarily nicely within the Powerplay — KG (Kagiso Rabada) and Wayne (Parnell), obtained the wickets, did not give away a lot. I do not suppose it turned simpler to bat however the small moments may have gone our approach.”
“When Surya (Kumar Yadav) got here to bat the highest edge went of hand it may have been a special scenario. However full credit score to the Indian batting unit KL (Rahul) and Surya batted extraordinarily nicely,” Maharaj stated.
The 2 groups will meet once more within the second T20I in Guwahati on Sunday.