The 3-match series is now secured by the Indian team by winning the second T-20 by 16 runs. The match was tremendously amazing and full of suspense, as the Indian players put up a huge target of 238 runs.
South Africa made their full efforts to chase the target but could not win the game and ended their innings at a score of 221 where David Miller played the “Killer Miller” game and hammered a century.
The game was important for South Africa to be in a series of 3 games, and after losing 2 games in a row, they lost the series, and we have to see now whether the Indian team can clean sweep the series.
South Africa won the toss and chose to bowl first, which later proved to be a terrible decision as the South African bowlers were not able to take the early wickets and let a partnership build for the first wicket.
The Indian team had the momentum from theirs and carried that till the end of the inning.
Indian Batsmen Hammered South African Bowlers
The opening duo of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul came down with a mindset to play like fearless players and don’t worry about the wickets. This mindset played in favor of the players.
The opening added 96 runs for the first wicket. The partnership was broken with the wicket of Rohit Sharma, who scored 43 runs off 37 balls, including 7 fours and a six, with a strike rate of 116.22.
So, after Rohit’s dismissal, KL Rahul was caught LBW by Keshav Maharaj for a team score of 107 runs. Rahul scored fifty of 57 runs off 28 balls, including 5 fours and 4 sixes. He was the hitter in the partnership for the first wicket.
There were two new batsmen on the ground and a ray of hope for the comeback of South Africa in the game. At this point, the Indian side is definitely on the back foot, but Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav have something else on their mind. They didn’t waste the efforts of the Indian Openers.
Both players carried the momentum that was left by the openers and formed a partnership of 102 runs using just 40 balls. The partnership was over when, in the 19th over, Suryakumar Kumar was taken out with a brilliant throw from Tamba Bavuma.
Suryakumar Yadav was run out. His contribution was crucial to the team. He scored 61 runs off just 22 balls, including 5 fours and 5 sixes, with a strike rate of 277.27. His contribution with such an impressive strike was the reason that India was able to set such a big target for the team.
In the last 2 overs, the team scored 28 crucial runs where Danish Kartik hammered 17 runs and the innings ended with a huge score of 237 runs where Virat Kohli ended his inning at 49 runs including 7 fours and 1 six with a strike rate of 175.
South Africa, failed with the bat in the first match, and the bowlers were too loose on this occasion. Again, Keshav Maharaj was the only one to get the wickets and was also the economically best South African bowler.
He picked up 2 wickets with an impressive economy of 5.75. All the other bowlers had the same treatment from the Indian batsman.
South Africa played at their best but could not win the game
If you have a huge target like 237, you expect your openers to give a brilliant start for the team and the middle order to carry the momentum, but that was not the plan of the Indian blowers. In the second over of the inning, two South African batsmen were already in the pavilion.
Temba Bavuma, Captain of South Africa, and Rilee Rossouw were taken out by Arshdeep Singh at a score of 0. And then, after a partnership of 46 runs, Aiden Markram was bowled by Axar Patel for a team score of 47. South Africa lost their third batsman. Aiden Markam scored 33 runs off 19 balls, including 4 fours and a six.
Quinton de Kock and David Miller were on the ground. After getting 3 wickets, the Indian dressing room was happy and was not aware of what was coming next. Both batsmen on the ground had a different idea about the match.
Both players are known for their hitting power. And after the 3rd wicket, they proved it and lived it to their name.
David Miller, who is popularly known as the “Killer Miller”, literally killed the Indian bowling lineup and scored a spectacular century, and on the other hand, Quinton de Kock scored fifty of 69 runs off 48 balls, including 3 fours and 4 sixes.
Miller hammered 106 runs off 47 balls, including 8 fours and 7 sixes, with an amazing strike rate of 225.53.
The Indian seam bowlers took advantage of the conditions once more and put on the pressure right away. Singh took another wicket, while Chahar was economical. Others were good enough to win the series. India had enough run to work with and always held the upper hand in the chase.
David Miller’s century
The century was one of the best innings of his career and has proved and shown that he is perfectly ready for the upcoming big event, which is the World Cup. The center was not enough for the win of South Africa but for sure was worth making a special mention in the review
The Indian batsmen showed perfect teamwork
The Indian batsmen have shown perfect teamwork, with the openers doing their job perfectly and the momentum being carried out by the middle order.
The next match will be on October 4, starting at 7 pm IST(1:30 pm GMT). Let’s see if the Indian team will clean sweep the series or if South Africa will come back in the last match of the series.
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