The fourth T20I of the five-match series between India and South Africa was played in Rajkot on June 17, 2022 and saw some belligerent hitting from Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik, but also saw some good catching from Tabraiz Shamsi.
India captain Rishabh Pant lost his 4th toss in a row and South Africa captain Temba Bavuma decided to bowl first as usual. India went in unchanged, while Quinton de Kock returned for South Africa, who also included Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jansen in the playing XI.
India started off poorly with Ruturaj Gaikwad getting out for 5 and Shreyas Iyer’s struggles continued as he was dismissed for 4 runs. Ishan Kishan was looking good for his 27 runs but was out trying to play a cute shot off Anrich Nortje.
Rishabh Pant took his time, but made only 17 runs in 23 balls, further raising questions about his batting form in the T20 format. At 81/4 in 13 overs, it was left to Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik to haul India out of the rut and take them to a fighting total.
Hardik Pandya’s blazing knock ends thanks to an excellent catch by Tabraiz Shamsi
Both Pandya and Karthik went after the bowling of South Africa, especially Dwaine Pretorius and Tabraiz Shamsi. The duo hammered boundaries and sixes at will, adding 65 runs for the 5th wicket in 5 overs.
Pandya was brilliant scoring 46 in 31 balls with 3 sixes and 3 fours to his name and Dinesh Karthik scored his maiden fifty in T20Is, finishing on 55 in 27 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes to his name. India finished on 169/6 in 20 overs.
Hardik’s innings came to an end as he tried to hit the short ball over deep-backward point and the top edge was dying on Shamsi, who dived and took the catch low to the ground, prompting the on-field umpires to check with the TV umpire, who held the catch.