INDIA ARE BACK WITH A BANG!!! WHAT A WIN FOR THE INDIAN TEAM. THE BLUES DEFEATED SOUTH AFRICA BY 48 RUNS ON THE BACK OF SOME GREAT BOWLING BY HARSHAL PATEL AND YUZI CHAHAL.
Indian Team were put into bat again by the SA skipper Temba Bavuma at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Vizag. Both the Indian openers were off to a flyer in the powerplay. India made full use of powerplay adding 57 runs in 6 overs without losing a wicket. Ruturaj smashed 57 of 35 deliveries and Ishan smashed 54 runs of 35 deliveries. India were cruising at the stage till Ishan and Ruturaj were batting. They were 89 after 9 overs without loss. However, after the 12 over mark South Africa managed to pull things back with the continuous wickets of Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant. This is the second time Rishabh got out trying to hit a big shot very early in his innings. From the 13th over till the 18th over, SA gave only 36 runs in 6 overs @ 6 runs per over. In the last 2 overs, Hardik flourished with the bat taking full advantage of his catch dropped by Miller at the start of his innings. In the last 2 overs, India managed to score 23 runs taking the total to 179 for 5 at the end of 20 overs. For SA, Pretorius took 2 wickets, Maharaj,Shamsi and Rabada got 1 each.
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179 is always considered a decent score in a t20 game, but the way Proteas batted in first 2 games, India had to bowl well and that’s exactly what they did. Axar Patel started with the wicket of Bavuma in the 4th over followed by the wicket of Reeza Hendricks (who made 23) in the 6th over caught by Chahal on the bowl of Harshal Patel. Pretorius played a short cameo of 20, but then Chahal was brought into attack by Pant who dismissed Pretorius and Rassie in quick succession. Klaasen was looking good again but he too perished to Chahal on 29. David Miller was finally dismissed by India in the 3rd game, he managed to score only 3. South Africa were 100 for 6 in 14.5 overs and then it was India’s game. Parnell’s 22 not out went in vain as India dismissed the full side for just 131. Harshal Patel took 4 wickets in 3.1 overs giving only 25 runs and Yuzi took 3 crucial wickets giving just 20 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
SOME POSITIVES FOR INDIAN TEAM-
YUZI CHAHAL for his 3 for 20 in 4 overs and 2 catches.
So now the scoreline is 2-1 still in the favour of the Proteas, if India manages to win the next game we would have a decider on Sunday. India still have a very real chance of winning the series provided they bring their best version in the next two encounters.
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