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Suresh Raina Back on the Ground Running as he Works on Fitness

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: February 28, 2018, 12:05 PM IST
Suresh Raina Back on the Ground Running as he Works on Fitness

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New Delhi: The Indian players are back in the country after a successful tour of South Africa and senior pro Suresh Raina is already back on the ground working on his fitness. Raina is definitely not getting any younger and knows that he needs to be at the top of not just his game, but also his fitness to keep his position in the national team and that seems to be his sole lookout at present.

Taking to Twitter, Raina posted a video which read: “Hill running at Nehru Park. CardioPumpculars!! helps in strengthening your foundation. #Fitness #Training #StayingFit ##”




The Indian team after clinching the T20I series against South Africa in Cape Town, won a million hearts as they donated R1,00,000 to the Cape Town Water Crisis Fund. In fact it was not just the Indian team that donated for the noble cause, but also the South African team.

The cheque was given to Gift of Givers at the last T20I on Sunday. The donated money will be used to drill boreholes as well as to supply bottled water to organistions in need.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis said: “Both teams had first-hand experience of the Water Crisis in Cape Town and, having chatted to Virat, we decided to get our teams to sign some jerseys which we auctioned off with the funds raised going to assist the Cape Town Water Crisis.

“We also wanted to create awareness and hope that other organizations and sports codes follow in our direction.”

Kohli addressed the need to get involved with this campaign. “Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and whenever we visit and play at Newlands, we are treated extremely well by the local people. By creating awareness of the drought, we are playing our part in highlighting the drought so people can see the seriousness of what’s taking place in the Mother City.”

Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan starred with the bat but it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar who again held his nerve in the end as India sealed the T20I series with a sensational 2-1 win over South Africa in Cape Town.

India suffered an early blow after in-form Virat Kohli was ruled out due to a stiff back. Stand in skipper Rohit Sharma again departed early, but then Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan made most of some ordinary South African bowling. Raina counter-attacked but Dhawan played the anchor role with perfection. In fact, Dhawan got his first boundary off the 29th ball but scored an 47 off 40. He was given two chances, with Shamsi dropping a couple of sitters.

Southpaw Raina scored a quickfire 43 off just 27 balls, Pandya(21) and Karthik (13) chipped in with the runs towards the end as India finished their innings at 172/7. South Africa bowled well in patches with Junior Dala again impressive with his raw pace, as he picked up 3/35 in his 4 overs.

Morris came back strongly after an ordinary start to finish with figures of 2/43. South Africa never really got into the chase as they got off to a horrendous start, losing in-form Reeza Hendricks early. Miller – who opened the innings for the first time in T20Is – looked lackluster, failing to find boundaries as the home team struggled to get any momentum.

Hero of the previous match Klaasen couldn’t contribute much either as he departed for 7. Duminy waged a lone battle for South Africa, scoring 55 off just 41 balls, including hitting Axar Patel for 16 off 1 over.

India used the slower balls to perfection and Suresh Raina chipped in with 3 overs, giving away only 27 runs and picking the wicket of David Miller. Just when it seemed India would coast home to victory, debutant Christiaan Jonker played a blinder which almost took his team in sight of victory.

South Africa managed to get 45 runs from the three overs preceding the final one, meaning they required 19 off the final over. Despite giving away a boundary, Bhuvneshwar Kumar held his nerve as India went onto win by 7 runs, with Jonker’s 24-ball 49 going in vain.
First Published: February 28, 2018, 12:05 PM IST
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