It’s about how you spin it

CityPress - - Sport - Stuart Long­bot­tom

Tahir) had done their bit to pull off a most sur­pris­ing, and wel­come, re­sult.

It’s dif­fi­cult now to imag­ine a Proteas at­tack without Rabada, even though we were only in­tro­duced to him just un­der a year ago when the Proteas toured Bangladesh. His 3/13 on Tues­day made the job eas­ier for the rest of the bowlers, who pitched in and showed just how bowl­ing units ought to op­er­ate when de­fend­ing mod­er­ate to low to­tals. What I gath­ered from the high­lights was that the Proteas spin­ners came to the fore. Debutant Tabraiz Shamsi barely gave any width with his chi­na­men, cramp­ing the Aus­tralian bats­men’s style with each de­liv­ery. He fin­ished his first game in na­tional colours with just one wicket, but his con­tri­bu­tion was ef­fec­tive, if not crit­i­cal, to the fi­nal out­come of the match.

Aaron Phangiso’s 2/26, Tahir’s 2/39 and Parny­boy’s 2/23 (I’ll eat my words in a fu­ture col­umn if we see more per­for­mances like that from him) made the job seem far eas­ier than it was.

We’ve be­come so ac­cus­tomed to cast­ing our gaze ex­pec­tantly on the South African top-or­der bats­men that we of­ten ne­glect the bot­tom. When Hashim Amla, AB de Vil­liers, Quin­ton de Kock et al fail to post for­mi­da­ble to­tals, we as­sume the re­sult is a for­gone con­clu­sion.

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