It’s about how you spin it
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.