Senior South Africa batsman JP Duminy defended their young bowling attack which failed to defend a decent total of 189 against an inexperienced India A in their warm-up game, saying their focus was assessment of conditions than result.
“I have full confidence in the ability of our bowlers and I will back them hundred percent. I believe they have what it takes to stop the Indian batting line-up. Today was one day where it was about figuring out and assessing what will work for us in these conditions,” Duminy said after India coasted to an eight wicket win.
“Kyle (Abbott), De Lange and Morris have bowled here earlier but it was a new experience for Kagiso (Rabada). He must have understood what works for him,” Duminy, who was the star performer for the Proteas, said.
For him, the best part was getting a good hit in the middle as he scored an unbeaten 68 off 32 balls.
“In a T20 game, it is not possible to assess all the areas as there is very little time to do so. But we played some 30 balls each and I have played a few practice matches at this ground. The wicket was I believe pretty similar to the one that we will get in Dharamsala. The spinners did not get much turn on this track. This match wasn’t exactly about results,” said the left-handed batsman.
Duminy also praised chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav as he bowled tight lines giving only 26 runs in his four overs.
“We all know that India produces quality spinners.
Obviously, he seems to be a great talent and we hope to see a lot of him in IPL in near future. Today, there wasn’t much help available for spinners today.”
Home team captain Mandeep Singh warned the visitors saying that this defeat should be an “eye opener” for them.