Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team won by 16 runs against Temba Bavuma-led South Africa National Cricket Team in the second match of the three-match T20I series at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday, October 2.
South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl first in the match. The Proteas didn’t get the start they would have expected as Indian openers – KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma – batted brilliantly against the South African bowlers. India’s captain scored 43 runs off 37 balls and the vice-captain scored 57 runs off 28 balls. Both the openers were sent back to the dugout by Keshav Maharaj.
After that, Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli had a remarkable 102-run partnership in just 42 balls. Suryakumar scored 61 runs off 22 balls, Virat Kohli smashed 49 runs off 28 balls, and Dinesh Karthik scored 17 runs off 7 balls, to help India post 237 for 3 on the board.
Defending the target, Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh once again performed brilliantly with the new ball. Arshdeep Singh dismissed Temba Bavuma for a 7-ball duck and Rilee Rossouw for a 2-ball duck in his first over itself. Aiden Markram was also castled by Axar Patel in the 7th over.
Then, South Africa didn’t lose a single wicket as David Miller and Quinton de Kock had an unbeaten 174-run partnership for the 4th wicket, which is the highest in the history of T20 Internationals for the fourth wicket or below for any team.
David Miller smashed sensational 106 runs off 47 balls and Quinton de Kock smashed 69 runs off 48 balls. However, the efforts of the Miller-De Kock duo were not enough as South Africa lost by 16 runs to lose their first-ever T20I series against the Men In Blue on Indian soil.
To bowl and bat at the death is very tough – Rohit Sharma
During the post-match presentation ceremony, match-winning captain Rohit Sharma talked about his batting approach and said:
“It is something that all of came together and said was what we wanted to do as a team. It might not come across at times, but we want to stick to it.”
Rohit Sharma further said that the different individuals in the team have been performing well on different occasions, which is a good sign for the team. He also admitted that Team India bowlers have failed to perform well in the death overs in recent times. Rohit Sharma elaborated:
“What I have seen in the last 8-10 months is individuals putting their hand up and getting the job done for the team. Guys without too much experience did this as well.
“The team wants to play and bowl in a certain way and we want to give them that confidence. Yes, we have not bowled well at the death in the last five or six games. We are doing the same to the opposition as well. To bowl and bat at the death is very tough. That is where the game is decided. It is not concerning, but we need to pick ourselves and get our act together.”
India captain Rohit Sharma further said that he is thinking of not playing Suryakumar Yadav till the October 23 to keep him happy. Notably, India National Cricket Team will lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan on October 23 in their ICC T20 World Cup 2022 opener. He said:
“I am thinking of not playing Surya anymore and play him directly on the 23rd. This is how his game is and we just want to keep him happy. (laughs)“
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