WT20: Faf du Plessis admits SA bowlers flopped in first three overs

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis conceded yesterday that their bowling needs to get better, despite a 37-run victory over minnows Afghanistan that brought their World Twenty20 campaign back on track at Wankhede.

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis

"We have not bowled well in first three overs which has been disappointing. We need to get better. We are going to play on different wickets now. The batsmen have dominated the first six overs. It's a big challenge for the bowlers," said Du Plessis at his post match presser.

"Obviously there were some really good shots but we need to be a lot better, it is as simple as that. You have to improve. The batsmen can play great shots but our skill levels are just letting us a little bit down in the first three overs."

He also defended the surprise move to drop the team's premier fast bowler Dale Steyn from the XI for yesterday's second game after he had leaked 35 runs in two overs against England in their Super 10 Group 1 opener on Friday.

"The thinking behind it was that it skids in the first six overs and the ball does not swing much. It's not the usual Mumbai wicket with pace and bounce. We wanted someone with variations, thought taking the pace off the ball will help.

"And he (David Wiese) also strengthens our batting. It was the right decision," said Du Plessis.

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