Twitter Reacts As David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen Help South Africa Defeat India By 7 Wickets

The first match of the five-match T20 International (T20I) series between Rishabh Pant-led India National Cricket Team and Temba Bavuma-led South Africa National Cricket Team was played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Thursday, June 9.

South Africa National Cricket Team defeated India National Cricket Team by 7 wickets and they won the match with 5 balls remaining.

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Earlier, South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl first in the match with an eye on restricting India to a below-par total. Star batting all-rounder Aiden Markram was tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the game and debutant Tristan Stubbs was named as his replacement in the playing XI.

At the toss, India captain Rishabh Pant said that he also wanted to bowl first. Also, Dinesh Karthik made a comeback to the Indian team after 3 long years.

Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad opened the innings for India in the absence of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma while Keshav Maharaj opened the attack for South Africa and he conceded 13 runs in the over.

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At the end of the powerplay, India were at 51/0. On the second ball of the 7th over Ruturaj Gaikwad was dismissed by Wayne Parnell and he scored 23 runs off 15 balls, including 3 sixes.

In the next few overs, Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan batted with an aggressive mindset and after 10 overs India were at 102/1.

Ishan Kishan completed his half-century off 37 balls, including 9 fours and 1 six. Kishan was able to score 76 runs off 48 balls, including 11 fours and 3 sixes before getting dismissed by Keshav Maharaj in the 13th over.

Shreyas Iyer was dismissed by Dwaine Pretorius on the 1st ball of the 17th over and he was able to score 36 runs off 27 balls, including 1 four and 3 sixes.

Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant added 46 runs off 18 balls before the latter was dismissed by Anrich Nortje in the 20th over and the India captain scored 29 runs off 16 balls, including 2 fours and 2 sixes.

In the end, vice-captain Hardik Pandya scored brilliant 31 runs off 12 balls, including 2 fours and 3 sixes, to help India score 211/4.

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Chasing the target, skipper Temba Bavuma got dismissed in the 3rd over itself. However, Dwaine Pretorius brought the momentum back to the Proteas team by playing a 29-run cameo knock.

South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was dismissed by Axar Patel in the 9th over and he scored 22 runs off 18 balls, including 3 boundaries.

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In the end, David Miller played an exceptional knock and Rassie van der Dussen, who started off very slow, played a sensational knock to help South Africa win the match. Rassie van der Dussen scored 75 runs off 46 balls, including 7 fours and 5 sixes while David Miller scored 64 runs off 31 balls, including 4 fours and 5 sixes.

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