South Africa defeated India in the third T20I.
Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer could not play big innings.
Indian bowlers failed once again in the death over.
New Delhi. Team India’s dream of a T20 series sweep at home to South Africa could not be fulfilled. In the third and final match of the T20 series played in Indore, the visiting team defeated India. Along with this, Team India won the 3-match series 2-1. India have won the T20 series against South Africa for the first time at home. With this defeat, Team India’s unbeaten streak in Indore also ended. Finally, after winning two T20Is in a row, why did Team India miss out on a clean sweep? What were the reasons for the team’s defeat? Know this.
Win the toss and elect to bowl first
Indian captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl first in the third T20I when the wicket was good for batting. In such a situation, it was difficult for India to invite South Africa to bat. The African batsmen scored 227 runs in 20 overs on a batting wicket. Chasing such a big target was not easy in the absence of players like KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. Same thing happened with Team India. The Indian innings faltered as Rohit Sharma got out, eventually losing the match.
Indian bowlers failed to take wickets.
In the third T20 against South Africa, the Indian bowlers failed to take wickets. Umesh Yadav dismissed Temba Bauma to give India their first win. At that time South Africa’s score was 30 runs. Had this team India taken one or two more wickets, South Africa could have been put under pressure. But, the Indian bowlers did not bowl along the straight line length. Team India suffered the brunt of this and the pair of Riley Russo and Quinton de Kock batted strongly and put on 89 runs in 47 balls for the second wicket to set the stage for a big score for South Africa. South Africa lost three wickets. Out of this, only Indian bowlers took two wickets. A batsman is run out.
The strength of the bowlers came to the fore again in the death overs
The trouble starting with the death overs of the Asia Cup is not giving up on Team India. Harshal Patel was India’s best option as a death over bowler in the Indore T20 due to Arsdeep Singh’s injury. But he conceded 49 runs in 4 overs. Herschel bowled the 18th over of South Africa’s innings. 15 runs came in his over. The last over of South Africa’s innings was bowled by Deepak Chahar and that too proved costly. David Miller hits 3 sixes in his over. A total of 24 runs came in this over. India conceded 73 runs in the last five overs.
IND vs SA: Couldn’t even open the account in 2 matches, now scores a storming century. India got a target of 228 runs
India got off to a bad start
In the absence of KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant opened the innings along with Rohit Sharma. But, Rohit was clean bowled off the second ball of Kagiso Rabada. He could not even open an account. Shreyas Iyer, who replaced Virat Kohli at number three, also got out in the next over. He scored 1 run. India lost two wickets in two overs. Chasing a target of 228 runs, it is difficult to reach the target after such a start. Same thing happened with Team India.
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Surya Kumar Yadav could not walk
After losing two wickets early, the middle order batsmen were expected to put up a big innings. But barring Dinesh Karthik (46), none of the batsmen could do so. Surya Kumar, who scored two consecutive half-centuries, also got out after scoring 8 runs off 6 balls. After his dismissal, there was no depth in the Indian batting and India suffered the consequences.
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Tags: Harshal Patel, India vs South Africa, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Team India
First Publication: 04 October 2022, 22:55 IST