Langeveldt encouraged by bowlers’ adaptability


South Africa bowling coach Charl Langeveldt has attributed the recent success at the death to the bowlers 'adapting accordingly' during the game-changing pressure overs.

The Proteas beat India by five runs in the first of five ODIs in Kanpur on Sunday after only conceding 46 runs in the last five overs in what was the Southern African team's best death-bowling effort for some time.

While the back-of-a-length strategy was the key in the first ODI, the players will have to assess conditions early on in the second ODI against India at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Wednesday.

Langeveldt told reporters: "If we assess the conditions quickly enough it allows us to change our strategy accordingly. We don't stick to one element of death by only bowling yorkers.

"I always say to the players that the bowler who adapts the fastest will be the most successful on the day. There will be games where we will be required to bowl a few more yorkers so when we train we focus on different deliveries.

"We mix it up with slower balls, bouncers and yorkers, you might have a wicket that doesn't suit back-of-a-length bowling so you need to adapt on the day."

Langeveldt says the attack has been working hard on keeping their composure during the opening 10 overs and the last five overs where many matches are usually in the balance.

He continued: "In India you should never give up. You are going to go for runs and the big saying for us on this tour is competing. We need to compete in each ball, even if you go for a six you need to come back in the next ball.

"You are going to go for runs so these are not going to be easy conditions to bowl in, but it’s important for us to enforce the mind set of competing in every ball; that is how you win games."