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Unbeaten Proteas head to St Vincent

───   MORGAN PIEK 13:02 Tue, 11 Jun 2024

Unbeaten Proteas head to St Vincent | News Article
Keshav Maharaj - Cricinfo

“The first two games were very low-scoring and we caused ourselves a few issues upfront, but we still found our way and I think that is very encouraging to see from our team’s perspective.”

The Proteas are travelling back to the Caribbean for their next game of the ICC T20 World Cup which is being played in the West Indies and the USA.

The Proteas are three-from-three at the T20 World Cup following their 4-run victory against Bangladesh in New York on Monday night, and this has secured their place in the Super 8’s of the tournament.

All of South Africa’s games to date have been played in the Big Apple and it has been tough going, but Saturday’s match against Nepal will be played in St Vincent.

Before the T20 World Cup the Proteas were in the Caribbean for a three-match T20 International series against the West Indies, and albeit they weren’t anywhere close to full-strength, they lost the series in Jamaica 3-0.

For the Proteas a slight change of scenery will be welcome and this will give them an opportunity to assess and reevaluate.

The Proteas spinner, Keshav Maharaj, who bowled a brilliant last over on Monday night against the Tiger, said their team's character has got them over the line, and he enjoyed the battle between the different skill sets in New York.

“The first two games were very low-scoring and we caused ourselves a few issues upfront, but we still found our way and I think that is very encouraging to see from our team’s perspective,” said Maharaj.

“I think for the teams in general, it's going down to the wire and it's a brilliant advert for cricket.

“We're so used to seeing batters scoring 200's, so now it's the batter’s skill against the bowler’s skill.

“Obviously, the West Indies will be slightly different conditions when we go there, it's a different sort of challenge for the batters and bowlers, so we'll be looking forward to that.”

Saturday’s match in Kingstown gets underway at 1:30am.

Morgan Piek OFM Sport

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