India vs SA, 1st T20I, 2022, Top Performances: Miller-van der Dussen century stand gives SA 1-0 lead
India vs SA, 1st T20I, 2022, Top Performances: David Miller's 64*, Russie van der Dussen's 75* and Ishan Kishan's 76 are top three performances. South Africa beat India and lead series by 1-0.
Brief Scores: South Africa 212/3 (van der Dussen 75*, Miller 64*, Axar 1-40) beat India 211/4 (Kishan 76, Shreyas 36, Hardik 31*, Parnell 1-32) by seven wickets and lead the 5-match T20I series by 1-0
Player of the Match: David Miller (64* in 31 balls)
After two easy white ball assignments to begin the T20 World Cup year before a two-month mouthwatering IPL show, a new look Indian side locked horns with South Africa for the first of the five-match T20I series at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday evening.
India were tied with Afghanistan and Romania on a record 12-match winning streak before this game. With a win over the Proteas, India would have rewritten men’s T20I history.
Proteas captain Temba Bavuma won the toss and opted to bowl first on a track which was expected to get better to bat on under anticipated dew later. South Africa handed a debut cap to Tristan Stubbs as Aiden Markram was unavailable because of Covid. India, on the other side, had welcomed Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik back in the playing eleven.
South Africa ends India’s 12-match winning streak in a high-scoring affair
Put in to bat first, India’s new opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan propelled them to a flying start with 51/0 after the powerplay. Even though the home side lost Gaikwad two balls later, Kishan in his wild mode, stitched up an 80-run partnership with Shreyas Iyer.
The former ended with 76 in just 48 balls. Later, Rishabh Pant with 29 off just 16 balls, and new IPL winning captain, Hardik Pandya’s unbeaten 12-ball 31 fired India to 211/4 in their 20 overs which was India’s highest T20I total against South Africa.
Chasing a mountainous total, South Africa got off to a flying start with 61/2 in the powerplay before losing the path in the next few overs. It was then that David Miller joined Rassie van der Dussen in the middle and partnered him to compile an unbeaten 131-run partnership in just 63 deliveries. Miller with 64* off 31 balls and van der Dussen with 75* in 46 balls took the Proteas to a seven-wicket victory to hand India their first defeat defending 200+ score in T20Is.
Let’s scan the top three performances from the game between India and South Africa.