T20 World Cup: ‘Nothing fancy’ in South Africa’s plans to restrict India, says Anrich Nortje | Cricket News


MELBOURNE: South Africa’s pace attack will try nothing “free” against India’s star-studded batting order in Sunday’s T20 World Cup Super 12 game on what is expected to be a lively track in Perth, speedster Anrich Nortje said.
On a seamer-friendly surface at the Perth Stadium, South Africa will be tempted to unleash a four-sided attack that features Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jansen with Nortje and Kagiso Rabada.
Nortje said they will have to identify the ideal line and length early on to keep the Indian batsmen in check in the Super 12 competition.
“I think what we’ve seen the last couple of games, it’s been a really good wicket, a lot of pace and bounce,” the 28-year-old told a news conference.
“We’re just going to … identify what’s a good length and a good line on the day and try to stick to that.
“Don’t try to do anything fancy … Try to stick to our basics and kind of limit – obviously get as many wickets as possible but limit the runs as much as possible.”
Nortje called South Africa’s pace attack “one of the best” and powerful enough to disrupt any batting order.
“We have great variety. We cover a lot of aspects. We cover a lot of bases with our offense,” he said.
“As a pace attack, we certainly back ourselves against any team to go out and do what we need to do on the day to try and get over the line.”
Having won both their matches, India’s maiden champions in the top-flight Group 1 look largely settled apart from concerns over the form of opener KL Rahul who has scored four and nine so far.
India’s batting coach Vikram Rathorehowever ruled out replacing Rahul with Rishabh Panta change a left-hander would have brought into India’s top order.
“Two games, I don’t think that’s a good enough sample size anyway,” Rathour told reporters.
“He batted very well and he also batted very well in the practice games. So we are not looking at anything like that at the moment.”


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