India are locking horns with Proteas in the T20I opener. The game is taking place at Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram. The Men in Blue gained a great deal of confidence from the series win over Australia recently.
Despite losing the T20I opener against Aaron Finch and Co, Rohit Sharma and Co bounced back in the second and third T20I respectively. India won consecutive games and won the series by 2-1.
Meanwhile, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bowl first. Talking about the game, Jasprit Bumrah is not included in the playing XI for the T20I opener in Kerala due to a niggle. Veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Deepak Chahar are back in the set-up.
South Africa post a mediocre total in their quota of 20 overs
When South African batters stepped out to bat at the crease, they were literally taken aback by India’s sharp and decisive bowling attack. The likes of Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh alone cause enough carnage to South Africa.
In fact, the visitors didn’t recover after losing half of the wickets in the passage of play. In the end, Proteas ended up posting just 106/8 in their allotted quota of 20 overs.
Keshav Maharaj was the pick of the batters for Proteas as he scored 41 off 35 balls. He hit 5 fours and 2 sixes. Had it not been for his efforts, Proteas would have succumbed to a disastrous total. Arshdeep Singh bagged 3 wickets while Deepak Chahar took 2 wickets.
South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Temba Bavuma (captain), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
Check out the best Twitter reactions below:
Not everyone can single-handedly take their team to a respectable total after the team is 5 down even before crossing 30 unless you're MS Dhoni🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/yFR99aRTaP
— Bakri Player (@cric_nerd2) September 28, 2022
Great performance . If we don't win this with 10 wickets in hand then i would be little sad
— Archer (@poserarcher) September 28, 2022
26 Dot balls
India's new ball duo gave a roaring start🦁 pic.twitter.com/xc6uhziIpA
— Prasun jha (@prasunj89) September 28, 2022
From 10/5 to 106/8 …Roadshet sharma captaincy Exposed #INDvSA
— Nomore (@Nomore86752884) September 28, 2022
harshal >> Bumrah in death overs , last match only 7 runs and 1 wicket against Australia and this match only 6 runs and 1 wicket against South Africa . Commendable
— Rɪsʜᴀʙʜ 𝙸𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 (@Pant_life) September 28, 2022
Aaj to Rohit khelega lagta hein…aise bhi low scoring no pressure match pe Rohit achha khelta hein..
Rohit's last 2 50s came in 170 & 110 chasing in Odi match
— Cricket_tak_ICT🇮🇳 (@KingOfCrick) September 28, 2022
Virat ki batting dekhne k liye wait karte hain… Kl jldi out ho fir Rohit & Virat jita de match… Virat 50 🙏😁
— Shadab Yazdani (@Shadab_Yazdani) September 28, 2022
Easy cakewalk for ICT Team 🐐
— Cricket_Enthusiast (@Hatedguy123) September 28, 2022
Thanks to RCB blood Harshal
— Verot popa pohli (@DarkHor73382692) September 28, 2022