Mumbai: South Africa captain Temba Bavuma said his team did not perform well and did not perform at their best after their 48-run loss against India in the third T20I of the five-match series.
India’s all-rounder performance won South Africa’s Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.
“As a collective, it wasn’t our best effort. They were the better side. With the ball, they put us under pressure. The fielding didn’t really support us. With the batting, we didn’t really get into partnerships There was no pace. There have been a lot of improvements in the fielding department, this game we weren’t up to the mark, in the first two games we were quite strong,” said Bavuma in a post-match presentation.
“We tried to gauge the ideas that came with the bat, tried to get some momentum, unfortunately, we couldn’t do that. Losing three early wickets we are always under pressure,” he said.
South Africa is currently playing without their star wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock as he suffered a wrist injury during the first T20I match on 9 June and was forced to miss the second and third clashes.
“Quinton is an integral member of the team. Unfortunately, we don’t have him. We support Reeza at the top. If there is an opportunity, we will keep going with Reeza,” said the Proteas captain.
With this victory in the Karo-Ordi match, India has opened its account in the five-match T20 series. With the series still 2-1 in favour of the visitors, the fourth T20I will be played on Friday at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Gujarat.