The match was evenly poised, says Botha

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Published: Saturday, March 31, 2012, 12:29 [IST]
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Match was evenly poised: Botha

Johannesburg, Mar 31: South Africa T20 skipper Johan Botha felt the one-off T20 international between India and South Africa was evenly poised before rain stopped play, as hosts emerged victorious through Duckworth Lewis method, as Proteas won by 11 runs.

Chasing a stiff target of 220 off 20 overs, Indian openers Gautam Gambhir (49*) and Robin Uthappa (18*) gave a perfect start, adding 71 runs in less than 8 overs, when rain halted play.

"It was evenly poised. Gauti and Robin stared well but our guys also batted well on an excellent strip and I think going the way they did and getting 220 was excellent," Botha said after the match.

"They were batting well, they played a few shots and it was going their way but still there was scoring around nine runs per over and we thought if we can string a few overs at 8 or 7 runs, I mean it is still plenty to get in 10 overs, we were still feeling comfortable," he added.

Botha praised his team-mates Colin Ingram and veteran Kallis for their amazing batting display to help SA post a good total in their quota of 20 overs.

"The whole motive of the match was to relax and play as you see it. It showed what we can do if we just go out and watch the ball and hit it," he said.

"Colin played within himself and definitely did a great job. I knew he can do it and I am glad he could it on an international stage. There are few young guys who came in and put their hands up.

"It was nice for Kallis and Colin to give us a good platform. A 100-run partnership is good in any format but in twenty20 it is better. They provided a good base for us to launch the total," he added.

While the T20 international played to raise funds, could not be resumed after the match was halted due to rain, Botha said, the match was played to relax and play at ease.

He further spoke about the Indian Premier League which is scheduled to start on April 4, 2012, as the entire team is looking forward to play in this prestigious tournament.

"We are looking forward to the IPL. A lot of my team mates would be my opposition, it is great to be part of the tournament and we are really looking forward to it," he said.


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