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India vs South Africa 1st T20I 2022: Miller, van der Dussen provide SA 1-0 lead

With this win, South Africa are one up in the five T20I series.

In the South Africa (SA) tour of India 2022 first T20I, South Africa beat India by seven wickets at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.

After winning the toss, Temba Bavuma opted to field first. It was an ideal decision to bowl but it didn’t turn out to be how they wanted. There were fireworks from all the Indian batters as the team posted 211/4 in 20 overs. Even though Proteas conceded too many runs, there was a sense of belief that SA can chase this total after some gruesome bowling effort by the team.

In the chase, South Africa started a bit rough in the second innings as captain Bavuma and Quinton de Kock (22) got out cheaply in the powerplay. Even though the wicketkeeper opener got a good start, he couldn’t capitalise on it. Dwaine Pretorius (29) was also looking in fine touch but lost his wicket at the wrong time. It was Rassie Van der Dussen (75) who took the charge of the game and smashed an unbeaten fifty. Along with him, David Miller (64) also hammered a quick-fire fifty which took the game away from the Rishabh Pant-led side. With five sixes and four fours, Miller was scoring all around the park at the strike rate of over 200. Both the batsmen hit 131 runs for the fourth wicket partnership which helped SA win the game in just 19.1 overs.

In the first innings, Ishan Kishan (76) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (23) started off well which gave India a great start. Kishan hit 11 fours in his inning which ensured India to a get a strong total in first the innings. Shreyas Iyer (36) and Rishabh Pant (29) also scored some valuable runs in the end but it was Hardik Pandya (31*) who hammered some quickfire runs at the back of the innings which took India to a total of 211/4 in 20 overs.

In the first inning, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell and Dwaine Pretorius all got one wicket each.

For India, it was Axar Patel, Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who also plucked one wicket each in the second innings.

Miller was adjudged Man of the Match for his excellent batting show. With this win, South Africa are one up in the five T20I series.

Scorecard:

India: 211/4, Overs 20, Ishan Kishan 76, Wayne Parnell 1/32

South Africa: 212/3, Overs 19.1, Rassie Van der Dussen 75*, Axar Patel 1/40

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