IND vs SA: The Way Shreyas, Samson And Shardul Batted Was Excellent – Shikhar Dhawan After 9-run Loss To South Africa In 1st ODI

Updated - 07 Oct 2022, 01:33 AM

Shikhar Dhawan, India
Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo: BCCI)

India National Cricket Team under the leadership of Shikhar Dhawan lost by 9 runs against Temba Bavuma’s South Africa National Cricket Team in the ODI series opener at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow on Thursday, October 6.

India won the toss and invited South Africa to bat first in the match. The Proteas posted a score of 249/4 on the board while batting first. Opener Quinton de Kock scored good 48 runs off 54 balls. Also, David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen had an unbeaten 138-run partnership in 103 balls. Heinrich Klaasen smashed 74 runs off 64 balls and David Miller scored 75 runs off 63 balls.

David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen
David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen. Pic Credits: Twitter

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Chasing the target, Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad all failed to make any good contributions with the bat.

Shreyas Iyer and Shardul Thakur batted brilliantly while wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson played an absolutely stunning knock. Iyer smashed 50 runs, Thakur scored 33 runs and the star wicketkeeper-batter Samson smashed a terrific 86* runs off 63 balls, including 9 fours and 3 sixes. However, Samson didn’t get much support from the tailenders and India faced a defeat in the match.

We gave away too many runs on a wicket that swung and spun – Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo: Twitter)

During the post-match presentation ceremony, Shikhar Dhawan said that he is proud of the way players played in the match. He especially showered praise on Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson and Shardul Thakur for their brilliant batting performances in the match. He said:

“Quite proud of the way the boys played the game, we didn’t get a good start, but the way Shreyas, Samson and Shardul batted was excellent.”

Shikhar Dhawan admitted that the bowlers leaked too many runs and the fielding of the side was also poor. He said:

“We gave away too many runs on a wicket that swung and spun, the fielding wasn’t great, but this was a good learning experience for us.”

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. (Photo: Twitter)

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