India finally won a cricket match against South Africa this year. They won by 48 runs. The men’s team had lost 7 games this year before winning the 3rd T20I at Vishakapatnam. While the women’s team lost to South Africa in the Women’s World Cup.
So this was India’s first win against South Africa in 9 attempts this year.
Temba Bavuma won the toss yet again and decided to bowl first but his decision did not seem to go right for his team as Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan both scored a half-century each and gave India a great start.
India Were Better On The Day: Temba Bavuma
But then South Africa made a strong comeback in the 2nd half of India’s innings as they pulled things back. India managed just 179 runs in the first innings courtesy of some fine hitting by Hardik Pandya in the last over.
South Africa did not have the best of starts as Bavuma got out early. Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen too departed for low scores. Heinrich Klaasen tried to take the game on but he too was outfoxed by Yuzvendra Chahal who got him for the first time in T20Is.
Harshal Patel picked up 4 wickets while Chahal picked up 3 important top-order wickets. This helped India clinch the game with ease.
After the game, Bavuma reflected on the game and said, “As a collective, it wasn’t our best effort. They were the better team. With the ball, they put us under pressure. The fielding really didn’t back us up. With the batting, we didn’t really pitch up. The partnerships weren’t there, there was no momentum. There have been a lot of improvements in the fielding department, In this game, we were not up to the mark, in the first two games we were quite strong. We tried to assess and tried to get some momentum, but unfortunately, we couldn’t do that. Losing three early wickets put us under pressure.”
Bavuma would hope that South Africa can win the next game and wrap up the series.