Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh. (Image Credits: Twitter)
Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh. (Image Credits: Twitter)

Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar, the Indian pace duo bowled in tandem to reduce South Africa to 9/5 in just 2.3 overs with three batters getting out for a golden duck.

The pace duo of Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar wreaked havoc on Wednesday as wickets tumbled like a house of cards at Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram in the first T20I against South Africa.

Rohit Sharma heaped praise on Arshdeep Singh (Courtesy: AP)
Rohit Sharma heaped praise on Arshdeep Singh (Courtesy: AP)

Arshdeep Singh And Deepak Chahar Reduced Proteas To 9/5- Proteas Worst Ever Start

The visitors registered an unwanted record as 9/5 is the lowest score at the fall of the fifth wicket versus India by any side in T20I cricket. Earlier, Indian captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl first. His decision proved to be a good one as in the very first over of South Africa’s innings, Deepak Chahar drew first blood by bowling out the visitors’ captain Temba Bavuma for a duck.

Rilee Rossouw of South Africa Photo: James Marsh/Shutterstock/BackpagePix
Rilee Rossouw of South Africa Photo: James Marsh/Shutterstock/BackpagePix

In the next over, Arshdeep Singh grabbed the wicket of wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock off his second delivery and then dismissed Rilee Rossouw and David Miller off consecutive balls in the same over to rub salt into the wounds of the South African team.

Deepak Chahar landed the final blow in the powerplay as he got power-hitter Tristan Stubbs caught by the third man in only the third over of the innings. Reduced to the loss of five wickets with just nine runs on board, it was South Africa’s worst-ever start and lowest score at the fall of the fifth wicket in T20I cricket.

Lowest score at the fall of the 5th wicket for South Africa

9/5 vs Ind Trivandrum 2022 *

10/5 vs WI Port Elizabeth 2007

31/5 vs Ind Durban 2007

The visitors however survived the rest of the powerplay and at the end of it, the score was 30/5. It was India’s third best bowling performance in the powerplay in T20I cricket. At home, it was India’s second best performance with the ball, the best being 29/5 against Sri Lanka in Visakhapatnam in 2016.

Aiden Markram, Wayne Parnell And Keshav Maharaj Rescued Proteas From 9/5 To A Respectable Score Of 106/8

All-rounder Aiden Markram helped the Proteas recover from the onslaught before Harshal Patel got him trapped before the wicket to make the score 42/6. After his dismissal, tailenders Wayne Parnell and Keshav Maharaj then stitched a good partnership for the visitors.

Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram(Photo by Christiaan Kotze / AFP)

Keshav Maharaj scored 41 off 35 balls to ensure that South Africa crossed a hundred runs. His stay at the crease was ended by a superb Yorker from Harshal Patel. Only Aiden Markram, Wayne Parnell and Keshav Maharaj could get to double-digit scores against the hosts as India bundled South Africa at 106/8 at the end of 20 overs.

Deepak Chahar, Arshdeep Singh and Harshal Patel took seven wickets between them. Even though contrasting half-centuries from KL Rahul (51*) and Suryakumar Yadav (50*) shepherded the small chase, India’s win was set up by the new-ball assault from Arshdeep Singh (3 for 32) and Deepak Chahar (2 for 24).

India 110 for 2 (Rahul 51*, Suryakumar 50*) beat South Africa 106 for 8 (Maharaj 41, Arshdeep 3-32, Chahar 2-24) by eight wickets