'It's great the way in which they performed' – Shikhar Dhawan lauds India's middle-order after shut defeat to South Africa

Shikhar Dhawan (Picture Supply: Twitter)

South Africa prevailed in an in depth contest within the first ODI towards India in a rain-curtailed affair in Lucknow on Thursday, the sixth of October. The Proteans appeared comfy all through the match however had been handed an almighty scare by a panoramic assault from Sanju Samson. India’s stand-in skipper Shikhar Dhawan was all reward for the trio of Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, and Shardul Thakur, who took the hosts near a frightening complete.

Chasing a goal of 250, India’s innings was off to an unceremonious begin after shedding Shubhman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan contained in the powerplay. The South African pacers had been up to the mark on a pitch that had lots on supply for the bowlers. India additional slipped within the match shedding Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad in successive overs. With the rating studying 51/4, the consequence felt like a foregone conclusion.

However a counterattacking partnership between Iyer and Samson dragged India again into the competition earlier than Thakur and Samson began threatening the Protean complete. However the runs proved to be too many in the long run as Sooth Africa ran out victors by 9 runs. Dhawan praised the batting efforts of the trio within the post-match convention.

“Very happy with the way in which the boys performed. It is great the way in which Shreyas, Samson and Shardul performed,” Dhawan stated after the slender loss within the first ODI.

‘Fielding-wise, we leaked a number of runs’, Dhwan highlighted India’s poor fielding effort within the collection opener

India had an absolute mare within the discipline because the gamers dropped some essential possibilities which might have restricted the guests to a decrease complete. The stand-in Indian skipper was fast to focus on the poor fielding effort and felt that the South African took full benefit of the drop possibilities posting a complete that was a bit too many on a difficult floor.

“I believed 250 was too many runs, as a result of the wicket had flip and seam. Even fielding-wise, we leaked a number of runs; but it surely’ll be expertise and studying for the younger boys,” Shikhar added.