Barabati T20 would be evenly contested: Behardien

Cuttack: South Africa’s middle order batsman Farhaan Behardien on Sunday said the second T20 match at Barabati stadium would be evenly contested.

“India have the quality spinners who can take advantage of the pitch condition. We have good fast bowlers who have the ability to contain the Indian batsmen. All depends on the condition of the wicket and how it behaves,” he said in a press briefing at the OCA conference hall inside the stadium here.

Asked about the strategy the visiting team will have against the hosts, Farhaan said since wickets especially for T20 matches are generally prepared to favour the batsmen which has resulted in massive scores, it is important for the bowlers to change the line and length of his bowling and set the field accordingly to check as many runs as possible.

To another question on the preparation of his team to play the Indian spinners in their home turf, he said as some of the top batsmen of South Africa like, AB de Villiers are used to Indian wickets as they have played a number of IPL matches, it would be easier for the visiting team to negotiate the Indian spinners.

The 32-year-old right handed batsman, who was instrumental for his team’s seven-wicket victory against India in the first T20 match at Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh on October 2 with an unbeaten 105-run partnership with JP Duminy, said the pressure would be on both the teams.

“Since it is a long tour of South Africa with some of the players are new to this place, the only way to relieve the stress is to enjoy every game”, he observed.