3rd ODI: ‘The message was to let them adjust to…’ – KL Rahul after India’s series win in South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

3rd ODI: 'The message was to let them adjust to...' - KL Rahul after India's series win in South Africa | Cricket News - Times of India

Indian captain KL Rahul Appreciated his young squad following. Sanju SamsonA brilliant performance, secured a series-deciding victory against South Africa In the third ODI at Paarl on Thursday.
Samson scored his maiden international century (108), contributing to India’s total of 296 for eight at Boland Park. South African skipper Aiden Markram’s decision to bat India on a slow pitch on a hot afternoon proved wrong, as the hosts were bowled out for 218 in reply.

Despite missing several players from last month’s World Cup finals, India dominated in convincing fashion, winning two out of three matches.

“It’s a really young group of players,” Rahul said in the post-match presentation. “They have played a lot of cricket but not at the international level. The message was to let them adjust to international cricket and get them used to the pressure. Have fun in the beginning and after a few games start expecting things from them. do.”

Left-arm opening bowler Arsdeep Singh rose to the challenge by taking 10 wickets in the series with a brilliant performance. On Thursday, he particularly shone with figures of four for 30, earning him the ‘Player of the Series’ award.

South Africa were in a strong position as Tony de Zorzi (87) and Markram (36) put on a strong 65-run stand for the third wicket, taking the total to 141 by the 26th over.
However, the momentum changed when Markram attempted a reverse sweep and gave the ball to wicketkeeper Rahul. And after 20 runs, De Zorzi was bowled before wicket by Arsdeep.

Former internationals in the commentary box expressed surprise at Markram’s decision to bowl first. Even so, Markram insisted he didn’t believe it would affect the final outcome.
“We were good in small patches,” he said. “I still don’t think the surface has changed much.”
Samson anticipated the difficult conditions well, showing patience with his batting as the two white balls lost their firmness, making it more difficult to make strokes.

Forming a fourth-wicket partnership with Tilak Verma (52), Samson took 88 balls to reach his opening fifty; But he picked up the pace later, scoring 116 off 136 balls.
Samson’s innings consisted of 114 runs with the help of six fours and three sixes.
The strong foundation laid by Samson and Verma paved the way for India’s lower order batsmen to accelerate towards the end of the innings, scoring 51 runs in the last five overs.

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