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Updated December 17th, 2023 at 19:53 IST

'We wanted to..': SA captain Aiden Markram leaves comical remark after humbling defeat against India

Following a one-sided loss against India in the 1st ODI of the three match series, Aiden Markram has accepted the defeat gracefully and had cracked a joke.

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Aiden Markram | Image:AP
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After enduring a humbling defeat against India in the 1st ODI of the 3-match series, South African captain, Aiden Markram, made peace with the fact that batting first has proven costly. "Probably not", said the SA skipper when asked whether he would bat first against India again.

3 things you need to know

  • India beat South Africa by 8 wickets
  • Arshdeep Singh was adjudged the man of the match for taking 5-wickets in the match
  • India take 1-0 lead in the series

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Aiden Markram jokes about batting first

After winning the toss, the Proteas chose to bat first but were crushed by India's bowling assault, managing a pitiful 116 runs, their lowest-ever ODI total at home. Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan, two Indian pacers, led the demolition; Arshdeep became the first pacer in Indian cricket history to take five wickets against South Africa. With Avesh Khan contributing four wickets, the South African batting order got completely totalled.

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With 33 runs, only Andile Phehlukwayo demonstrated any resistance. India, in reply, easily reached the mark and won by 8 wickets behind an unbroken 55 from Sai Sudharsan and a 52-run innings from Shreyas Iyer.

During the post-match presentation, Markram made a joke about not batting first if he had won the toss again.

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"Probably not (on batting first again on this pitch and chuckles)," said Markram.
The Proteas skipper said that the objective was simple that was to put runs on the board but the Indian bowlers performed exceptionally well and hampered all their plans.  
"Yeah, tough one. Naturally, winning the toss and batting first, we wanted to put a really, really good score on the board. Credit should go to the Indian bowlers for the way they bowled."

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Aiden Markram credits Indian bowlers for India's one-sided win

Markram also shed light on the overall fiasco and admitted that South Africa were chasing the game from the outset.

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"We failed to build partnerships and lost wickets regularly. We were behind the game from the get-go and failed to find a way to crawl our way back into it."

"It's a day game. The first five, six overs did something, and we expected it to do a bit, to be honest. Today, it lasted a little longer, and they bowled well. As I said, the credit should go to them for the way they bowled," said Markram.

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"It comes down to individuals batting out there. It is up to them to assess and then plan it forward. We need to take smart options in a given situation. We encourage guys to be positive but also choose smart options. We'll have to assess," said Markram

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Published December 17th, 2023 at 19:53 IST

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