India registered 16th successive T20I win while chasing at home as they cracked down a modest 106-total in just 16.4 overs against South Africa.
India recorded its 16th successive T20I win while chasing in home conditions after an 8-wicket win over South Africa in the first T20I of the three-match series in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday (September 28).
India Registers 16th Successive 20I Win While Chasing At Home
Ace batters Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul completed their fifties to take India to the final line. Before the batting duo, Indian bowlers Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar crushed the South African batting lineup to restrict the Temba Bavuma-led side to a modest 106 after India captain Rohit Sharma opted to bowl first in the series opener.
South Africa’s top order collapsed in front of the Indian bowling attack. The Proteas first lost their skipper for a duck in the first over itself. After that, Arshdeep Singh caused havoc with his bowling as he took three wickets in the first over.
He left the visitors in trouble as he first Quinton de Kock to drag a ball onto his stumps and then removed Rilee Rossouw and David Miller in successive deliveries. And to make things even worse, Deepak Chahar dismissed Tristan Stubbs to make the South African side go down 9-5 in the third over.
However, Aiden Markram (25) and Wayne Parnell (24) offered resistance with the bat but it was Keshav Maharaj’s counter-attacking 41 off 35 that helped South Africa post a 100-plus score. India’s top order also faced difficulties in the run-chase as Rohit Sharma went back to the pavilion for a duck, while Virat Kohli scored just 3 off 9.
Arshdeep Singh won the Player of the Match award for his figures of 4-0-32-3. Notably, Arshdeep Singh had the figures of 15/3 heading into the 19th over, but in the 19th he conceded 17 runs that ruined his bowling figures. Arshdeep Singh was rested for the recently concluded series against Australia and he underwent conditioning-related training at the NCA in Bengaluru.
KL Rahul Praised Suryakumar Yadav For His Aggressive Approach In The 1st T20I Against Proteas
But, KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav played an anchoring role where the duo stitched an unbroken 93-run third-wicket stand to put India 1-0 ahead in the three-match series.
After the match, KL Rahul hailed Suryakumar Yadav for his approach as he said, “…Was unbelievable for Surya to come out and play the shots. We saw how the ball was flying and for Surya to come out with that approach was phenomenal. After the first ball, he wanted to be aggressive and take on the bowler. He said he wanted to play his shots and gets some runs. That helped me to take my time and play one end.”
The two teams will now face each other in Guwahati for the second match on Sunday (October 2).