Despite a strong target of 212, India’s 12th 200-plus total in the T20I innings failed to protect the bowlers as David Miller and Rossi van der Dassen combined for an unbeaten 131 in 63 balls. Five deliveries reduced the total as well. South Africa’s seven-wicket win, which saw South Africa record their most successful chase in T20I cricket, helped the visitors end India’s 12-run win streak and lead 1-0 in the five-match series. Despite the defeat of Men in Blue, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar chose two big positives.
Lack of purpose in Powerplay is India’s main concern for the game. However, India made a perfect start with a 51-wicket loss on Thursday with new opening pair Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gayakwad hitting six fours and two sixes. And if India lost Gaekwad for 23 in the seventh over, Ishaan kept the momentum going before scoring 76 in 48.
Gavaskar, speaking with Star Sports after the match, praised Ishaan’s intention with the bat.
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“They didn’t start smoothly, there were a lot of outs and they played in the wrong line, but they stuck around. And sometimes when the ball hardened, it was hard to get the ball out of the center of the bat.
Another big positive for Gavaskar is his return as a hardcore all-rounder. Batting at No. 5, Hardik scored an unbeaten 31 off 12 balls and bowled 18 overs for an over.
“And below the order, Hardik Pandya came down the order and smashed the ball. It was really two big picks for the Indian team. International cricket can’t wait to get in its first over and get everything right.
“He can keep this form, absolutely, there is no doubt about it.
The second T20 match will be played in Cuttack on June 12.