New Delhi. Ishan Kishan scored the third half-century of his T20 International career. On the basis of his innings, Team India has scored 211 runs for 4 wickets against South Africa (IND vs SA) in the first T20. This is the team’s highest score in T20I against South Africa. Apart from this, Shreyas Iyer also scored 36 runs. In the match, South Africa captain Temba Bavuma won the toss and decided to bowl. Senior players have been rested for the series. At the same time, captain KL Rahul and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav have been ruled out of the series due to injury. Rishabh Pant is captaining. A total of 5 T20 matches are to be played in the series.
After losing the toss, Team India got off to a good start by Rituraj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan. Both added 57 runs for the first wicket in 6.2 overs. Rituraj scored 23 runs off 15 balls and was dismissed by Wayne Parnell. He hit 3 sixes. Ishaan and Shreyas Iyer added 80 runs for the second wicket. Ishaan became the victim of left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj after scoring 76 off 48 balls. He hit 11 fours and 3 sixes. That is, 62 runs were scored only from the boundary. He scored runs at a strike rate of 158.
Scored 20 runs in first 4 balls
Keshav Maharaj bowled the 13th over of the Indian innings. Ishan Kishan hit 2 sixes on deep midwicket on the first two balls. Hit 2 fours in the next 2 balls. That is, 20 runs were scored off the first 4 balls. On the 5th ball, the umpire dismissed Ishan Kishan lbw. He took the review. It was clear that the ball hit the bat first and then the pad. That’s how they survived. But Ishan Kishan once again played a big shot on the last ball. But he was caught at long on.
Shreyas Iyer was dismissed after scoring 36 runs in 27 balls. The score was 153 runs. After this, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya shared a partnership of 46 runs in 18 balls. Pant scored 29 off 16 balls and was dismissed by Enrique Norkhia. Pandya remained unbeaten on 31 off 12 balls and Dinesh Karthik scored 1 run off 2 balls. Pandya hit 2 fours and 3 sixes. Keshav Maharaj was expensive. He conceded 43 runs in 3 overs.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 09, 2022, 20:35 IST