It has been two months since India arrived here in Cape Town, a place where they started off their long South African tour. After three Test matches, 6 One-Day Internationals and two T20Is, India will now look to end the series on a high and go back home with a 2-1 series wrap. With the T20I series leveled 1-1 and both sides looking eager for a win, Suresh Raina expected the last T20I in Cape Town to be a closely fought contest.
“We have to finish really well,” Raina said. “Our captain Virat Kohli is such that he doesn’t take anything for granted and that will be our approach in the final. Inputs have been given to everyone in the team by the team management and we need to go out there and enjoy ourselves. We need to do well in all the departments tomorrow and we will look for a win.”
On India’s batting front, Raina has been promoted at No.3 ahead of captain ViratKohli. Raina has got off to decent starts in both games and helped the team to get off to a flier. This according to the left-handed batsman was a strategy by the team to go big in the first six overs of the game. “Virathas showed that faith in mein the last two games and we have been able to dominate their bowlers in the first six overs. In T20Is it is really important to start well. You have to play your shots at the top of the order. The first six overs are crucial. When you have batting depth in the middle-order, you need to take your chance. I have been asked to play my natural game and will continue to look to give good starts for the team.”
Raina didn’t delve too much into team combinations when asked but reckoned it will be an exciting game come Saturday. “I think 150 is the average total in Cape Town. We will go tomorrow and have a look at the pitch and then take it from there. We will look to watch the ball and hit in the right directions. I am sure we will do well.”