India opener Shikhar Dhawan said that the visitors will be looking to bat deep
and have bigger partnerships in Paarl during the second ODI against South Africa.
The first ODI was played in the same location and Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 79 in what was
his first international match in nearly six months,
said that the conditions were similar to what would be found in Asia,
although India ended up on losing side as they were beaten by 31 runs.
“It was a beautiful feeling to be back in the Indian side, looking forward to do
good and win the game,” Dhawan told the host broadcasters before the start of the second ODI.
“It’s more of an Asian wicket, less bounce and it was spinning as well. We knew we had to
built partnerships and take it deep and it won’t be easier for the new batters coming in,” he said.
Chasing a target of 297, India looked to be on track during Dhawan’s 92-run stand with Virat Kohli.
However, India collapsed after his dismissal, going from 138/2 to 214/8.
“It is very important to take wickets in the middle overs and that’s part of the learning,
you come with new plans and at the same time we lost too many wickets and especially on
these sort of tracks it is important to build partnerships.
Just need to focus on the basics well and we hope we are gonna do that today,” Dhawan concluded.