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“We let ourselves down with the bat,” said South Africa captain Aiden Markram after the third Twenty20 international against the West Indies.

"We let ourselves down with the bat," said South Africa captain Aiden Markram after the third Twenty20 international against the West Indies.

After losing the third Twenty20 International (T20I) of the series against the West Indies, South Africa captain Aiden Markram claimed that his team’s batting was subpar. Significantly, in pursuit of a target of 221 runs, the Proteas got off to a great start, with Reeza Hendricks and Rilee Rossouw firing on all cylinders. The opener scored 83 runs off of 44 deliveries, whereas Rossouw scored 42 runs off of 21 deliveries.

Eventually, they forged a crucial 80-run partnership, but after that, they collapsed like a house of cards as Alzarri Joseph caused havoc with the ball. South Africa ultimately lost the game by seven runs and the series by a score of 2-1. Aiden Markram claimed after the loss that they intended to restrict the opposing team to 160 or 170 runs, but ultimately conceded 50 more runs.

“In the end, the game was enjoyable for neutral observers. We let ourselves down a bit with the bat. We fell short by a few runs towards the end. “Got to give credit to the bowlers for how they rebounded after Sunday,” Markram was quoted as saying during the post-match presentation ceremony by India Today.

“There was a time when we would have liked to settle for between 160 and 170. With the exception of the last three overs, we were excellent. Anything below 200 was the target. 220 was possibly average. Losing is never ideal, but we’re on the right track, and it’s encouraging to watch the boys respond in each game,” the 28-year-old continued.

Markram begins his first series as captain.
In his maiden series as captain of the South African squad, Aiden Markram was defeated in a series by the West Indies. Markram said he enjoyed his time in the center, but ultimately conceded that it was a difficult assignment.

“That was tremendously entertaining. Sometimes difficult, but the team is on a journey, and it is encouraging to see the players respond game after game,” concluded Markram.

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