South African top-ranking batters struggled, while their bowlers also weren’t at their best on Sunday when India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game streak with a 16-point win in the second game here.
The loss won’t hurt them much, Miller said, saying Australia had also struggled hard in 2021, but they eventually became world champions. Australia entered the World Cup after five consecutive defeats in the format.
“There are a lot of stories in the past where Australia didn’t do so well before the World Cup, and then they win the World Cup. So I don’t think it’s too much to worry about,” Miller said. reporters at the post-match interaction here.
“We’ve built a really good team over the past year and a half. We get along really well. We’ve built great, great partnerships. We won a lot of series last year.
“Obviously it was very disappointing to have lost the series tonight, but in the past we have fought really well and at least we can walk away with our heads held high, but it is still disappointing to lose the series.”
The team led by Temba Bavuma got a solid goal of 238, but the skipper left without bothering the goalscorer for the second time in a row. Rilee Rossouw also scored a duck.
However, Miller produced a 106 not out counter attack from 47 balls and was well supported by Quinton de Kock’s 48 ball 69 not out to make it a match.
“We didn’t hit the last game well. We didn’t start this game too well, but we managed to get a really good partnership and play a competitive game at the end,” he said.
However, Miller chose not to be very “hard” on his bowlers.
“There were over 400 runs in the game, I don’t want to be too hard on the bowlers, but I think there was a little lack of execution at times.
“But they were really good in the last game — extremely good. A few areas we can work on in the run-up to the World Cup, so we still have time.”
Miller had a special mention for the packed Barsapara Stadium.
“It’s hard to come here as an opposition to play in Indian conditions with the crowd behind India as they are. They are very noisy. You can also take advantage of that. Just enjoy the atmosphere. You don’t get this kind of atmosphere all over the world.”
The game was interrupted twice – first when a snake entered the field and then one of the floodlights went out during the South African innings.
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But Miller said it gave them a welcome break.
“You know, we can’t control that, and it just gave us some time to process what really happened in the power play – the first few overs. It gave us a little bit of time to talk about it and think about it.” the way forward.
“And then there was the snake problem. So, I mean, there was a lot going on today.”