Thiruvananthapuram, September 29 (SO News/Agency) After Arshdeep Singh (32/3), Singh’s lethal bowling, Surya Kumar Yadav (50 not out) and Lokesh Rahul (51 not out) scored half-centuries to help India win the tournament on Wednesday. defeated South Africa by eight wickets in the first T-20 match on the day of South Africa had set a target of 107 runs in 20 overs in front of India which Team India achieved in 16.4 overs.
Arsdeep Singh, who made a comeback after being out of Australia’s T-20 series, surprised the South African batsmen with his swing bowling and took three wickets to lay the foundation for victory. Surya Kumar and Rahul put on an unbeaten partnership of 93 runs for the third wicket in the second innings to give India victory. For South Africa, Keshav Maharaj played a brilliant innings of 41 runs off 35 balls, which included five fours and two sixes, but it was not enough for his team to win.
Chasing an easy target of 107, Team India faced difficulties early on when Kagiso Rabara dismissed Rohit Sharma for a wicket in the third over and Team India managed just 17 runs for the loss of one wicket in the first six overs. . This is India’s lowest powerplay score in T20 Internationals. After the powerplay, Virat Kohli (03) was also dismissed on the first ball.
Surya Kumar and Rahul then put on a partnership of 93 runs in 63 balls for the third wicket to give momentum to the Indian innings and lead the team to victory. Surya Kumar scored 50 runs in 33 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes. Rahul supported him, adding 51 runs with two fours and four sixes in 56 balls.
Struggling at the beginning of the innings, Rahul scored only 15 runs off 36 balls, but Jaevan Dhan Pakkar changed the momentum of the innings on the fifth ball of the 10th over. The opener added 36 runs in the next 20 balls and hit a six to help India win. On behalf of South Africa, Kagiso Rabada took one wicket for 16 runs in four overs while Narakhia took one wicket for 32 runs in three overs.