Wayne Parnell believes in the Proteas’ top order for the second T20I against India

Wayne Parnell believes in the Proteas’ top order for the second T20I against India

— Cape Town Wayne Parnell, an all-rounder for the Proteas, says there is no reason to “worry” ahead of Sunday’s second Twenty20 international against India in Guwahati.

The visitors are looking for a significant improvement in the batting department, especially from their top order, which was wiped out in just 15 balls in the first ODI on Wednesday.

It was not until Parnell arrived at the crease at No. 7 that the flow was stemmed, with the all-rounder forming a combination with Aiden Markram to give the Proteas scoreboard some semblance of respectability.

Parnell is confident, however, that the Proteas top order will correct their mistakes on Sunday.

“The first T20 definitely did not go as planned. But, you know, sometimes a fresh setting allows you to forget about the things that went wrong in the previous game. Our superiors are unparalleled. Therefore, there is no need for concern “Parnell added.

 

We have had some time to reflect on what went wrong in the first game and will make every effort to rectify the situation tomorrow night.

The selectors have much to consider during the next twenty-four hours regarding the composition of the top order, particularly the opening duo.

Captain Temba Bavuma has just returned from injury and requires as much time as possible at the crease to prepare for the forthcoming Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.

The greater issue is Quinton de Kock’s physical condition. The wicketkeeper/batsman has not reached 34 since the previous T20 World Cup in the UAE a year prior.

At the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, the in-form Reeza Hendricks is on the bench, chomping at the bit to be inserted back into the game.

Possible move would see Bavuma slip to No. 3 to accommodate the return of Hendricks and the departure of Rilee Rossouw.

India’s bowling squad exerted early pressure on the Proteas batters, and the visitors could attempt to maintain the momentum by being more optimistic.

However, Parnell believes this could be a hazardous strategy.

He said, “I think it’s a bit of a catch-22.” “Experience tells you that the new ball in India does swing, so you must keep an eye on it for the first one or two overs.

“For every batter that is different, they have their own game plans, and we have to give credit to the Indian seamers, who bowled exceptionally effectively in the first T20, so it’s simply a matter of finding ways to counter that in the second game.”

Prior to the must-win match, the Proteas must be concerned with more than just the Indian bowling unit.

With half-centuries from KL Rahul and Surya Yadav, India easily chased down the meager target despite the absence of significant contributions from super players Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

This latter batsman has quickly become one of the most dangerous short-form batsmen in the game and has been in exceptional T20 form recently. Yadav poses a major threat to the Proteas’ chances of tying the series.

“It is quite difficult for bowlers to defend his score of 360. I believe it’s simply a matter of being strong and trying to absorb each ball as it comes “Parnell remarked.

“However, he is permitted to play good shots. I believe that he played some very, really good shots the night before, but it was a lucky day. And perhaps, you know, another night comes to pass.”

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