The 212 runs is the highest score by a team batting first in T20I cricket at Arun Jaitley Stadium and the second 200 plus in the space. And despite South Africa playing cat and mouse at the required rate, India remained in a strong position with Rossi van der Dassen struggling on one end and David Miller controlling the innings from one end. But only one drop catch took place to change the entire momentum of South Africa, as the visitors ended the game with a seven-wicket win in the opening match of the series in New Delhi.
South Africa scored 86 for three in the 10th over in Chasing, while Rossi was in trouble with 15 off 16 balls. David Miller scored just 4 of 5 balls. Last time the team was chasing 125 or more runs in the last 10 overs. One innings was in 2010. The odds against the visitors were immense.
“When David came in,” Van der Dussen revealed after the game, “I told him, ‘You can play it as you see it. But I’m very happy to take it between 12 and 13 in the last ten.’ Because if you are on this wicket, you can really make a profit.
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Miller responded appropriately to the project when he took Herschel Patel and then Aksar Patel to a boundary. At 22 balls, Miller reached the halfway mark, but Rossi continued to run at a run-a-ball rate, scoring 29 of 30. And when he managed to break, he hit Shreyas Iyer directly in the deep mid-wicket. And although this was a catch of control, Iyer dropped it.
“When Shreyas dropped it, I knew I had to pay him because I took the balls to cover myself,” Rossi said.
And unfortunately for India, the whole game changed. Rossi scored 45 off the next 15 balls, with South Africa completing the chasing in 19.5 overs and taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
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