Pretorius still has work to do before becoming Dwaine 2.0

By Stuart Hess 4m in the past

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JOHANNESBURG – Dwaine Pretorius isn’t even the complete model of the brand new Dwaine Pretorius but, however he’s already producing match successful performances for the Proteas.

The 31 year previous all-rounder now sits atop the bowling tree for South Africa within the sport’s shortest format together with his spell of 5/17 towards Pakistan within the second T20 International on the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Saturday, now the most effective figures by a South African bowler, eclipsing Ryan McLaren’s 5/19 towards the West Indies 11 years in the past.

Pretorius is simply the fourth South African to declare a ‘five-for’ in a T20 International, and his success on Saturday, is additional proof that the onerous work he put in in the course of the prolonged low season, to change his motion, is paying dividends.

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Pretorius went in quest of some additional tempo, by straightening his entrance leg, having discovered that bowling round 125km/h wasn’t sufficient to achieve success with the ball at worldwide stage. The adjustments are in place now – as Saturday’s effort confirmed – however Pretorius admitted afterwards, he was still getting used to these adjustments, and that extra tinkering together with his motion was required.

“I’m a bit better – 70-80% than I was two months ago – and I don’t have to think about the action so much and can focus more on the plans I’m trying to execute,” he mentioned after Saturday evening’s man of the match efficiency in Lahore.

“There’s still a lot to work on, and that is work I’ll put in. Hopefully in a few months, we’ll see Dwaine 2.0.”

‘Dwaine version 1.5’ spearheaded a disciplined, well crafted, versatile and beautifully executed effort with the ball from South Africa’s bowlers on Saturday. It was an all spherical effort, with spinners and seamers working in unison, giving the Pakistani batsmen nothing they might settle towards. The hosts scored 144/7, with Mohammad Rizwan high scoring with 51.

Variety was essential – by way of tempo, lengths and contours. “Sometimes in T20 cricket the simpler you keep it, the better. I’ve learned from (bowling coach) Charl (Langeveldt) that making sure that the batter doesn’t know which ball is coming is a massive key.”

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South Africa’s two spinners; Tabraiz Shamsi and JJ Smuts, bowled a mixed eight overs conceding simply 36 runs with Shamsi excellent in choosing up 1/16.

Crucially, South Africa’s batsmen ensured a stress free end. The batting has let South Africa down throughout codecs this season, however Saturday they performed with depth and intelligence to see the vacationers house with 22 balls to spare.

“As a batting unit, you look at that England series, there was good batting, maybe we weren’t 100%, we lost one or two overs, but we lost those overs badly…as a unit, we’ve been trying to focus on – whenever the bad patch comes – not losing clusters of wickets – making sure we keep the intent high, not lose that intent. Today there was unbelievable intent,” mentioned Pretorius.

Reeza Hendricks and Pite van Biljon every scored 42, sharing a stand of 77 for the third wicket. The function of their performances was the style through which they attacked the Pakistani spinners, enjoying them with far higher authority than was the case within the first match final Thursday.

With the collection squared, after the Proteas’six-wicket win, the 2 groups will meet in a decider on Sunday afternoon, that begins at 3pm SA time.


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