New Delhi. Team India was defeated by the visiting South Africa by 7 wickets in the first match of the five T20 series. With this, India’s dream of making a world record of winning 13 consecutive T20 matches remained unfulfilled. Batting first, India had scored 211 runs for the loss of 4 wickets, which is India’s highest score in T20I against South Africa. Team India could not defend this target and South Africa won the match by scoring 212 runs from 5 balls and took a 1-0 lead in the series.
At one point in this match, it seemed that Team India would make a world record of winning 13 consecutive matches. But, something like this happened in one over of Avesh Khan, after which the whole course of the match changed and Rasi van der Dussen, who was battling to score runs, batted so fiercely that India had to face defeat.
After all, what happened during Avesh’s over? After that the match completely changed. It tells you. Avesh came to bowl the 14th over of the South African innings. The first ball of his over was definitely wide. But no run came off the next three balls. The third ball was of yorker length, which Rasi’s bat was torn in two while trying to drive. At that time Rasi was playing 22 runs off 26 balls.
Rasi’s game changed after changing the bat
After this he had to change his bat and from here his game also changed completely and he rained fours and sixes. He started it by hitting a four on the last ball of this over of Avesh Khan.
Rasi scored 53 runs after changing the bat.
Rasi wreaked havoc with the bat in the 17th over after changing the bat. Harshal Patel was bowling this over. Rasi hit a total of 22 runs in this over with three sixes and one four. After changing the bat, he completed his fifty by hitting 30 runs in the next 11 balls and returned to the pavilion only after giving victory to his team.
Rasi-Miller partnership of 131 runs
Rasi hit an unbeaten 75 off 46 balls. After breaking the bat, he scored 53 runs in the next 20 balls at a strike rate of more than 200. That is, by changing the bat, the style of play of this South African batsman also changed and he shared an unbeaten 131 runs in 64 balls with David Miller for the fourth wicket and the Indian team lost due to this partnership.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 10, 2022, 07:42 IST