Mr. Mayank Tater 10, Jun 2022

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South Africa starts the T20 series in India with a 7 wicket win over the hosts

South Africa beat India by 7 wickets at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi, thanks to David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen. It was a heartbreaking defeat for India, who were on the verge of setting a new global record for straight T20 victories. India came into the match with a 12-game winning streak and a win would have helped them reach a massive feat, but Miller and Van der Dussen ruined their party.

Miller and Van der Dussen hammered Indian bowlers all around the mark while chasing a massive goal of 212, making a mockery of a chase that had previously appeared impossible to achieve. It was the largest chase in T20I cricket history for South Africa.

Miller, who had been in excellent form in the IPL, continued in the same vein for the Proteas. The southpaw remained unbeaten with 64 off 31 balls, including five sixes and four fours. To keep the scoreboard going at a healthy pace, he kept hitting boundaries at regular intervals.

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Van der Dussen, on the other hand, struggled to find boundaries for the duration of his innings, but the 17th over from Harshal Patel reversed his fortunes as he hit the winning runs for his team in the last over. To finish his fifty, he blasted three sixes and a four, which coincided with a significant increase in his strike rate. He made 75 runs off 46 balls, hitting seven sixes and five fours.

South Africa began the chase with a strong attitude, with Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma attempting to gather some early boundaries, but they quickly lost wickets in the process.

Dwaine Pretorius, who was elevated to number three in the batting order, had a memorable cameo, smashing 29 runs off 13 balls to put pressure on the Indian bowlers. While Miller and Van der Dussen put up a huge 131* run stand to seal the deal for South Africa, who now have a 1-0 lead over the hosts.

Before new skipper Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya’s pyrotechnics powered India to an imposing 211 for 4, Ishan Kishan smashed a brilliant 76 off 48 balls.

While Kishan shone at the top, Pant (29 off 16) and Pandya (31 not out 12) added 46 runs in the slog overs to help India reach 200.

Kishan battled in the underlying piece of his innings yet he showed coarseness to move beyond the extreme stage and afterward he released himself on the bowlers. In the meantime, for South Africa, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell and Dwaine Pretorius shared a wicket each.