Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar pounded the South Africans with magical swing bowling, and Suryakumar Yadav’s little gem on a tricky surface sealed an easy eight-wicket victory for India. Before Suryakumar (50 not out in 33 balls) relieved the pressure put on him by KL Rahul (51 not out, 56 balls), India struggled to reach the target of 107 on a pitch with underlying moisture and more than waist-high bounce at times. India won the game in 16.4 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Within the first 15 deliveries of the match, Arshdeep (3/32) and Chahar (2/24) essentially sealed India’s victory after captain Rohit Sharma won the toss. The game was over as a contest once South Africa was in trouble at 9/5 in 2.3 overs, and 106/8 was a poor total even on a challenging surface. By far India’s best T20 batter, Surya scored a streaky six off Nortje when his attempted flick turned into an outside edge that flew over the third-man. The following six was a picture-perfect whip over a deep square leg, and Keshav Maharaj then proved to be India’s best bowler with an inside-out six.
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