India lost the match against South Africa in the ongoing T20 World Cup on October 30, Sunday in Perth, Australia. It was a close fight where India missed in batting somewhere and later found it tough to defend South African team. David Miller and Aiden Makram scored fighting half-centuries to help South Africa to a thrilling 5-wicket win over India in the Group 2 clash at the Perth Stadium. The two teams played a high-octane clash as it went to the final over where Miller hit the winning runs for the Proteas as they moved to the top spot in Group 2 category.
Chasing a below-par 134-run target courtesy of Lungi Ngidi, Miller and Markram shared a crucial 76-run stand for the to revive South Africa’s innings as they lost the top-order early because of Arshdeep Singh and Mohammad Shami’ s bowling. Apart from Shami, India lacked the bowlers who click 140kph at regular intervals on the bouncy Perth ground, although they troubled the opposition batters with their swings.
Arshdeep got a wicket on his first ball of the match as he bowled the ball away from De Kock. The South African opener was in great form with the bat in this tournament but it wasn’t his day against India today. The left-arm pacer didn’t stop there as he dismissed the centurion from the previous match Rilee Rossouw in the same over also. The on-field umpire gave it not out but skipper Rohit Sharma backed his bowler and took the drs which worked in India’s favor as Rossouw was declared out.
Suryakumar Yadav produced his most accomplished performance in extremely adverse conditions but India only managed a score of 133 for 9. On a track where good technique and temperament was needed, Yadav added another component to it.
Lungi Ngidi dismissed India’s first 3 KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli early. However, Surya kept his calm in tough conditions and found gaps with his ability to hit 360 degree shots.
Dinesh Karthik walked off the match and looked to be in a bit of pain at the start of the 16th over as Rishabh Pant took over as the keeper for the Indian team. All along India’s batting, Pant was sitting at the dug out with a large towel over him as a shield against the chilly Perth wind swirling. Now he had to walk in the cold into a cauldron to take action. He would take off Karthik’s cap, perch it on his head, and walk in the field.
India lost half of their match for just 49 runs against the Proteas after Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat first in the match. Suryakumar shared a 52-run stand with Dinesh Karthik to revive the Indian innings. Surya’s knock was decorated with 6 fours and three sixes.
The result of the match India vs South Africa has affected Pakistan’s chance to qualify for the semifinals of the tournament.