Newshub18,sk jahangir ali: Arshdeep-Suryakumar put India ahead.Before the match, Yashpreet Bumrah was knocked out after feeling pain during practice. Resting Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are also absent from this match. But Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh let them feel their lack! After restricting South Africa to just 106 runs, India won by 8 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Suryakumar Yadav played an unbeaten 50-run innings from 33 balls even on a relatively difficult wicket for batting. Lokesh Rahul also got a fifty.
Temba Bavuma bowled the last ball of Deepak Chahar’s first over after losing the toss to bat in Thiruvananthapuram. Arshdeep came to bowl the next over. This time, Quinton de Kock, Riley Russo and David Miller returned one by one. When Tristan Stubbs returned with a catch in the hands of Arshdeep Chahar in the third over, South Africa did not have half a wicket!
South Africa had just 9 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. They have never lost 5 wickets for so few runs in their history. However, the Proteas lost 8 wickets in 20 overs and collected 106 runs mainly on Keshav Maharaj’s 35-ball 41-run innings. Two Proteas batsmen reached double figures before Maharaj – Aiden Markram scored 25 runs off 24 balls, Wayne Parnell scored 24 runs off 37 balls. Parnell added 33 runs with Markram before returning. Then Maharaj had two more pairs of 26 and 33 runs with Parnell and Rabada. Maharaj hit 2 sixes along with 5 fours in his innings.
Arshdeep took 3 wickets for 32 runs. Chahar and Harshal Patel took 2 wickets each. Akshar Patel took 1 wicket with 16 runs in 4 overs. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was wicketless but gave only 8 runs in 4 overs. Batting on this wicket was not very easy, India lost the wicket of Rohit Sharma to score only 17 runs in 6 overs. He took the wicket of Kagiso Rabada. Virat Kohli was cut behind by Anrich Norkia in the seventh over. 2 wickets for 17 runs – chances of excitement in the match.
The excitement followed, of course, but it was largely Suryakumar’s batting. This batsman in dream form has once again batted on a different wicket than his teammates. His partnership with Rahul was unbroken for 93 runs for the third wicket. Rahul played 56 balls to make his fifty, Suryakumar took only 33 balls. Suryakumar hit 5 fours and 3 sixes in the innings. Rahul’s innings had 2 fours and 4 sixes. India won with 20 balls left