India and South Africa locked horns in a three-match T20I series and the two teams played the decider at Indore on October 4, Tuesday. The Men in Blue won the toss and elected to field on a pitch that highly favours batting. The South Africa batters got off to a flier and Quinton de Kock took charge in the powerplay. At the end of six overs, the Proteas gathered 48 runs for the loss of one wicket.
About the middle overs, the Men in Blue were clueless as Rilee Rossouw kept the maximums coming apropos of de Kock’s departure. Rossouw, who bagged two ducks in the series so far, looked in a mood to score something big. He did so as he scored an incinerated century and remained unbeaten on 100. South African batters, who toyed with the Indian bowlers, scored a gargantuan 227 for the loss of three wickets.
India bow down for 178
The Indian chase turned out to be sepulchral as Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer departed in quick succession. Dinesh Karthik, who came in at number four, portrayed his class with a few flamboyant strokes. India managed to score 64 runs at the end of field restrictions and the batter from Tamil Nadu perished right after, in the seventh over for 46 runs.
Men in Blue started to deflate right after Karthik’s departure and the team led by Rohit looked in deep trouble. However, the aggressive intent remained intact till the very last wicket as the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar and Umesh Yadav kept coming with maximums from time to time.
Despite putting on a great fight, India lost the match by 49 runs and sealed the series 2-1 failing to bag a clean sweep. Suryakumar Yadav, who was insurmountable in the tournament, grabbed the Player of the Series award.
Indian death bowling is a matter of concern and the team would look to address it before the start of the 20-20 World Cup 2022. The biggest takeaway for Men in Blue from the series would be the batting and the management would be glad about the same.
Here are a few interesting fan reactions from Twitter:
200s Conceded by India In T20I
From 2014 to 2021 – 6 times
In 2022 – 6 times*#INDvsSA
— 𝑺𝒉𝒆𝒃𝒂𝒔 (@Shebas_10dulkar) October 4, 2022
— 💫AmEer hAmzA👑 (@iamAmeer258) October 5, 2022
— CricInformer(Cricket News & Fantasy Tips) (@CricInformer) October 4, 2022
— Virat Kohli Fan's ♥🤴 (@MonuGur75103488) October 4, 2022
India win the three-match series 2-1.
— Vaibhav Bhola 🇮🇳 (@VibhuBhola) October 4, 2022
Rohit Sharma is the first Indian Captain to win a T20I series against South Africa in India.🥵❤️🇮🇳
— Tanay Vasu ❁ (@tanayvasu) October 5, 2022
Turning out to be a catch practice match #INDvsSA
— Shruthi (@shurleeshruthi) October 4, 2022
No batsman took the responsibility during chase. Pant , Karthik and SKY could have played responsibly.#INDvsSA
— CA Shubham Sharma 🇮🇳 (@CA_Shubham95) October 4, 2022
— CrickHit (@crickhitsocial) October 4, 2022