Bavuma: I was trying to hit good shots

PROTEAS / 25 September 2016, 2:44pm

Ashfak Mohamed

It was a scratchy start for Temba Bavuma on his Proteas ODI debut, but once he got into his stride, he proved that he could have a future in international limited-overs cricket.
Bavuma was initially searching for the ball outside off-stump in Sunday’s clash against Ireland in Benoni, with opening bowlers Craig Young and Peter Chase bowling a nagging line and length.

Once he got into his stride, Temba Bavuma displayed his full array of strokes. Photo: Samuel Shivambu. Credit: BackpagePix

The little right-hander played away from his body too often, and the horse eventually bolted when he found a thick outside edge to the seventh ball he faced as he followed a wide one from Chase, but Kevin O’Brien couldn’t hold on to the catch to his left at second slip. To add insult to injury, the ball rolled all the way to the boundary rope.
It was just the break Bavuma needed after a nervous start, as he would’ve been eager to cash in against an Ireland attack missing their best paceman Boyd Rankin to state his case for a permanent spot in the Proteas ODI side.

Quinton de Kock took some pressure off the debutant by smashing a six and four boundaries to settle things down, and Bavuma could play himself in a bit on a slowish Willowmoore Park pitch.

Medium-pacer Tim Murtagh tossed up a few half-volleys in the seventh over, and Bavuma packed them away through the offside to finally get going.