India vs South Africa 2nd T20I: Suryakumar Yadav’s fireworks light up Team India victory | Cricket News

Miller futile attack as India claim their first T20I home match against South Africa with a 16-match win
On the eve of the match, social media was flooded with images of people asking all to pray to Goddess Durga for a rain-free Sunday. The sky was clear, but no one would have guessed that there would be a headlight failure, or a snake crawling into the ground!
In the end those two incidents were just turning points as India failed to win 16 games to take a 2-0 lead in a three-match series. This is also the first win in India’s T20 International series against South Africa at home.
There’s nothing stopping the Indian smashers on the placid Barsapara Cricket Stadium. Captain South Africa Temba Bavuma asked his Indian partner Rohit Sharma took the first after winning the pitch but some toothless bowling and smaller boundaries didn’t help Proteas’ career as India hit a tough 237/3, with 178 are scored within the boundaries (25 innings, 13 six).


Chasing a whopping 238, South Africa had two headers, losing captain Temba Bavuma and Rilee Rossouw with just one run across the board.
In the end, it proved to be as expensive as wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock (69 not out of 48 balls) and David Miller (a spectacular finish, undefeated 106 to 47) put together a 174-time unbeaten run to bring SA very close to goal.


India won comfortably but their bowling of death remains a concern in Jasionary Bumrah’s absence. All bowlers except Deepak Chahar were taken to the cleaning counter. Arshdeep Singh was the most expensive with 62 runs from four passes even after excelling bowling on the first turn, taking two sticks in just five runs.
India’s hero of the day is a man Suryakumar Yadavwho once again did justice to his growing reputation by scoring 61 of 22 balls, while the vice-captain KL Rahul Hit a liquid 57 out of 28 balls. Virat kohli remained stuck in just fifty short periods as India’s designated finisher, Dinesh Karthik, took the lead on several passes, hitting two points six and four.


Rohit Sharma (43 of 37 balls), playing his 400th T20 game, started the match by hitting a ball into the fence on the first serve due to Kagiso Rabada, but it was his vice-captain and opening teammate, KL Rahul, who took the fast lane slowly away. He was the aggressor as Rohit built up his innings before falling to the penultimate ball in the 10th with 96 runs across the field.

Rahul raced for half a century in a row with just 24 balls, beating Aiden Markram long enough to advance to second. The away team was blamed for some silly bowling, but even so, Suryakumar showed off his ‘360 degree’ prowess, hitting shots all over the ground.

Barring SA vice captain Kehsav Maharajwho returned with a 2-23 from his four-pass quota, no other South African pitcher could stop the Indian hitter, with Rabada being the most expensive, for 57 runs from his four passes.


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