SA beat India on Thursday night in the first T20 of five. The winning team broke a few records with this win. Feroz Shah Kotla served as the venue for the match. Besides, crowds came in in large numbers. David Miller carried on his fiery form from the IPL 2022. His knock of 64 with a healthy strike rate ensured that SA beat India. Besides, the other star of the night was van der Dussen. The 33-year-old put in a vital display for his team.
The win saw the pair register an unbroken partnership of 131-runs. It gave SA the highest successful run chase in their history. Furthermore, it also stands as the highest run chase by any team against India.
Notably, the second T20 will take place on the 12th of June. You can watch the match live on the Star Sports network on your TV. Besides, online viewers can tune into Hotstar for the same. Nevertheless, let us now bring you the three main aspects of the first T20.
SA beat India in the first T20: India set up a good total!
India set out a young team for the match. The opening batters initially struggled against the SA bowling attack. However, Ishan Kishan soon found form in his 76-run innings. He later labeled the pitch as not an easy one to bat on.
India batters had the luck favoring them on the field. Also, IPL-winning captain Hardik Pandya played a good cameo. India put 211 runs on the board with a loss of four wickets.
Catch drop, match drop!
SA started their innings in terrific form. The first six overs of their innings saw them post 61 runs. It set the tone for the target chase for the middle order. Miller came into the match on the back of his best-ever IPL season. His partnership with van der Dussen proved crucial. The latter was dropped on 29 by India’s Iyer. He then went on to score 75 runs to ensure SA beat India.
A death bowling blunder
It was a forgettable outing for Team India’s death bowlers. Harshal Patel gave away 22 runs in the 17th over of the match. Moreover, India conceded equal runs in the 18th over as well. It put the game beyond reach for the home side. Also, Pant made the headlines for his poor captaincy. However, the team will look to bounce back in the 2nd T20.