After India narrowly lost against South Africa, Shikhar Dhawan praised his team’s middle order, saying, “It’s great the way they performed.”

After India narrowly lose against South Africa, Shikhar Dhawan praise his team’s middle order, saying, “It’s great the way they perform.” Sanju Samson launch a late attack on South Africa, but they held on to win the opening ODI.

On Thursday, October 6, in a game that was postpone due to rain in Lucknow, South Africa won a close match over India. The Proteans appeared to be in control throughout the game, but Sanju Samson’s spectacular onslaught gave them a serious fright. The trio of Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, and Shardul Thakur, who brought the hosts near to an intimidating total, received high accolades from India’s acting skipper Shikhar Dhawan.

India’s innings, which was attempting to chase down a target of 250, got off to a rough start when Shubhman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan were remove during the powerplay. On a field with a lot to offer bowlers, the South African pacers were on top of proceedings. India continued to struggle in the game with dropping Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad in quick succession. The outcome seemed certain with the score reading 51/4.

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“Very proud of the way the boys played. It’s tremendous the way Shreyas, Samson and Shardul played,”

Dhawan said after the losing first ODI.

Dhwan emphasized India’s poor fielding performance in the series opener, saying, “Fielding-wise, we leaked a few runs.”

India had a terrible time on the field since the players missed key big opportunities that may have kept the visitors to a lower score. A touch too many runs were scored on a difficult pitch, according to the South African team’s stand-in Indian captain, who was keen to point out the poor fielding performance.

“I thought 250 was too many runs, because the wicket had turn and seam. Even fielding-wise, we leaked a few runs; but it’ll be a good experience and learning for the young boys.”

Shikhar added.

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