South Africa lost to India by 7 wickets in the first T20
NEW DELHI: South Africa lost to India by 7 wickets in the first T20 here on Thursday thanks to the explosive half-centuries of Deville Miller and Racey van der Dussen. India, batting first after losing the toss, lost seven wickets for 211 runs thanks to an impressive half-century by Ishan Kishan. However, with the help of Miller and Dussen’s undivided century, South Africa reached the victory with five balls and four wickets in hand. Miller repeated his IPL form in the match, scoring an unbeaten 7 off just 31 balls with six fours and five sixes, while Dussen scored an unbeaten 75 off six balls with four fours and five sixes. Both added an unbeaten 131 for the third wicket to take India out of the match. The Indian bowlers failed to stop Miller and Dussen. Quinton D’Cock scored 22, among others, while captain Temba Babuma scored 10 and Dwayne Pretorius 24. It is also South Africa’s highest chase in the International Twenty20.
In addition, South Africa have broken Team India’s 12-match winning streak in this format. With this stunning victory, South Africa took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. The second match of the series will be played on June 12 in Cuttack.
Earlier, South Africa captain Babuma invited India to bat after winning the toss. The two young openers of the team, Ishan Kishan and Rituraj Gaekwad, batted brilliantly. Ishan’s bat in particular was a big shot. Both added 56 runs in 4.2 overs for the first wicket. Gaekwad, who scored a personal 23 runs at the time, was bowled out by all-rounder Wayne Parnell. The impact, however, did not fall on Ishan Kishan or Shreyas Ayyar, who came in to bat at No. 3. Both played big shots and quickly led the team score. Ishan Kishan also scored his half-century. Shreyas Ayyar also helped him a lot. Ishan, 7, was dismissed by Keshab Maharaj in a bid to play the big shot.
He was bowled out for 11 off 11 fours and 3 sixes before being dismissed. Shreyas then scored 37 runs and was bowled clean by Pretorius. At the time, the team score was 156. Pant and Hardik Pandya took the lead for the 4th wicket. Both teams scored 202 runs in 14.1 overs. Pant was dismissed for 24 off 19 balls, while Pandya remained at the crease until the end. With him, Dinesh Karthi was unbeaten on 1 off 2 balls until the end of the innings. Pantha scored 31 off just 12 balls. He hit three sixes and two fours in the innings. Due to Pandya’s explosive innings, India lost 7 wickets in 20 overs and managed to score 212 runs.