Proteas can be beaten: Peter Moor

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Mehluli Sibanda in East Lon­don, South Africa

PETER Moor says the way Zim­babwe played in their 34-run de­feat by South Africa in the first Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional cricket match at Buf­falo Park in East Lon­don showed that the Proteas can be beaten.

The Chevrons folded for 126 in 17.2 overs af­ter re­strict­ing South Africa to a mod­est 160. Moor top scored with a ca­reer best 44 off 21, with the right han­der thump­ing one four and an in­cred­i­ble five sixes.

His eighth-wicket part­ner­ship of 53 with Bran­don Mavuta, who scored 28, was the best for the Chevrons on the night. Moor be­lieves that they sent a mes­sage that they can beat the Proteas.

“I think as a team it sends a mes­sage that we can per­form. If we can bat a lit­tle bit longer, like Hamil­ton has been say­ing, do the right things for a lit­tle bit longer, we can beat South Africa. De­spite los­ing by quite a big mar­gin I think we gained a lot from it,” Moor said.

Zim­babwe’s run chase was dented by los­ing three wick­ets in­side the first four overs, with the Chevrons un­able to re­cover from that start.

Veter­ans Bren­dan Tay­lor and Sean Wil­liams did show some flashes of bril­liance, but did not hang around long enough.

Moor said it is al­ways a tough task to re­cover from con­ced­ing three early wick­ets.

“When­ever you lose three wick­ets in the power play, it’s tough to come back from that. De­spite that I think there was a stage when South Africa were a lit­tle bit on the edge there so I think that sent a mes­sage. Our bat­ters know that if we can start well, there is no rea­son why we can’t win it, es­pe­cially in a T20 match,” he said.

Moor was dis­ap­pointed not to see the team over the line, but at the same time took a lot of con­fi­dence from his per­sonal per­for­mance on the night.

“Very dis­ap­pointed, I think there was a stage when me and Bran­don were bat­ting and we thought we could get over the line so ob­vi­ously not to fin­ish the game was dis­ap­point­ing, but per­son­ally I took a lot of con­fi­dence from that in­nings; it’s some­thing that I re­ally needed.”

His bat­ting dis­play cer­tainly made up for the dis­ap­point­ing dis­play with the wil­low in hand in the ODIs.

“I al­ways like to be pos­i­tive when I bat; ob­vi­ously dur­ing the ODI series I often went in at a time it wasn’t ideal for me to just go out there and be pos­i­tive. Even to­day it wasn’t re­ally ideal to be­gin with, I just thought to my­self I know where my strengths are, I need to back my­self and I think I’ve gained a lot from to­day,” said Moor.

Zim­babwe will hope they can build on Moor and Mavuta’s fear­less bat­ting dis­plays when they clash in the sec­ond T20I at Sen­wes Park in Potchef­stroom to­mor­row. If the top order can just click, Zim­babwe have a great chance of lev­el­ling the series ahead of the fi­nal match in Benoni on Sun­day. — @Mdaw­ini_29

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