SA vs IND: Janneman Malan heaped praises on his opening partner Quinton de Kock;

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SA vs IND: Janneman Malan heaped praises on his opening partner Quinton de Kock;

SA vs IND: After South Africa’s series-clinching 2nd ODI win over India at Boland Park on Friday, batsman Janneman Malan showered admiration on his opening partner Quinton de Kock.

South Africa defeated India by seven wickets in the second One-Day International to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Quinton de Kock (78) and Janneman Malan (91) rose to the occasion with the bat. With 37 points each, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram led South Africa. Despite an usually energetic 85 from Rishabh Pant appearing to have set the away side up for a significantly larger total, superb spin bowling from Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, and Aiden Markram helped restrict India to 287/6 in the first innings.

In the chase, Quinton de Kock set the tone with an early salvo that placed the Proteas ahead of the needed rate, with each of the top five South Africans contributing as they completed the target with 11 balls remaining.

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“Quinton made it easy for me at the start,” said Malan in the virtual press conference after the match. “I just tried to give him as much strike as possible because I just wanted to let him go do his thing. He played a couple of ridiculous shots, which are good signs.”

“He is one of the best batters in the world when he gets going, so it was good to bat with him,” he added.

Talking about facing Indian bowlers, Malan shared his experience as batter said: “Guys like me who have seen them bowling at IPL and international level. So it was good to go out against them. You need more time to face guys like those because you need to get the rhythm of each one of them. So it was a kinda challenge for me to do it in the first and second game.”

“It’s obviously not the best bowling conditions but they are a world-class team and bowlers so it’s good to have a challenge from them,” the 25-year-old added.

One of the key aspects in the Proteas’ success in this series has been their batters’ collaboration. Clarifying on that, Malan said: “We were happy to have two hundreds in the previous game, and maybe we could have had me or Quinny getting to a hundred, but I’m very proud of the partnerships we had.”

“We had a hundred partnership and two 50 partnerships, which means the batters are coming in with good plans and good intent and building nice partnerships to make it easier for each other. It’s a very good sign,” he added.

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