1st T20: South Africa Beat India By Seven Wickets With Five Balls To Spare To Take A 1-0 Lead In The Series. Due to the storm innings of Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller, South Africa stopped the victory chariot of Team India. In the Indian innings, opener Ishan Kishan’s half century went into vain. He hit 11 fours and three sixes in 48 balls and scored 76 runs. But the bowlers could not defend the score of 211 runs. Hardik Pandya, who returned to the team after seven months, scored an unbeaten 31.
With the defeat by seven wickets from South Africa in the first match, Team India’s dream of making the world record thirteen consecutive T20 match wins got shattered. South Africa took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after beating India by seven wickets with five balls to spare in the first T20I played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Thursday.
David Miller-Dussen’s 100 run partnership
Batting first after losing the toss, India scored 211 runs for four wickets in 20 overs. In reply, South Africa scored 212 runs for three wickets in 19.1 overs with a match-winning partnership of 131 runs for the fourth wicket between Rassie van der Dussen (75 not out) and David Miller (64 not out).
David Miller Player of the Match
David Miller faced 31 balls and scored an unbeaten 64 with the help of 4 fours and five sixes. Due to these innings, he became the player of the match. While Rassie van der Dussen hit seven fours and five sixes in 46 balls.
Pant’s captaincy faded, bowler flopped
Rishabh Pant got the captaincy opportunity after KL Rahul was ruled out due to injury a day before the match. But he failed to impress in the very first match. The batsmen performed well here but the bowlers were a flop. Experienced bowlers like Bhuvnesh Kumar and Axar Patel also looted runs fiercely. The same Harshal Patel and Avesh Khan also could not impress. IPL Purple Cap winner Yuzvendra Chahal was smashed for 26 runs in 13 balls.
Sixth consecutive loss for India
Team India’s sixth consecutive defeat against South Africa. The team had lost two Test matches and three ODIs on the tour of South Africa. After that, team is defeated in T20 as well.
South Africa has registered the biggest win while chasing the target in T20. The team had never successfully chased down the target of more than 210 runs before. Earlier, the team’s most successful change was 206 runs against West Indies. South Africa chases the 200-plus target for the third time. The Indian team has also lost to South Africa twice by scoring more than 200 runs. With this defeat, the continuous winning streak of the Indian team has come to an end.
India had won 12 consecutive wins in T20 cricket before this match. During this, Team India defeated Afghanistan, Ireland, and Namibia in the T20 World Cup last year. Then went on to win a 3–0 home series against New Zealand, West Indies, and Sri Lanka. Apart from India, Afghanistan and Romania have won 12 consecutive T20Is.