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South Africa Defeats India by 5 Wickets in a Last Over Thriller

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Russell Chattaraj
Russell Chattaraj
Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

AUSTRALIA: Fifties from David Miller and Aiden Markram and a stunning pace bowling display by Ngidi, Nortje, Parnell and Rabada helped South Africa defeat India by 5 wickets. In this match, after winning the toss, India decided to bat first.

Indian Innings

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul opened the innings for India. The first maiden over from Parnell showed a true wicket with good bounce and carry at the Perth Stadium.

India got a big blow when they lost both their openers in the 4th over of Lungi Ngidi. India was 26-2 after the end of the 5th over.

Soon after the fall of the openers, IND also lost their in-form batsman, Virat Kohli, again to Ngidi, and in the very next over, Deepak Hooda also lost his wicket and now IND was in huge trouble. They were standing at 42-4 in 7.3 overs.

IND kept losing the grip of the match and Hardik Pandya also lost his wicket, similar to Kohli. At the end of the 10th over, IND was 60-5, with Suryakumar and Karthik in the middle.

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With the help of Surya Kumar’s half-century, India managed to score 101 runs at the end of the 15th over. In the very next over, Karthik was also dismissed, and the last 5 overs’ load was totally on Suryakumar.

Suryakumar was out in the 18th over after score fought 66 off 40 balls. In the end, India Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul opened the innings for India. The first maiden over from Parnell showed a true wicket with a good bounce and carry at the Perth Stadium.

India got a big blow when they lost both their openers in the 4th over of Lungi Ngidi. India was 26-2 after the end of the 5th over.

Soon after the incident, IND also lost their injured batsman, Virat Kohli, again to Ngidi, and in the very next over, Deepak Hooda also lost his wicket and now IND was in huge trouble. They were standing at 42-4 in 7.3 overs.

IND kept losing the grip of the match and Hardik Pandya also lost his wicket, similar to Kohli. At the end of the 10th over, IND was 60-5, with Surya Kumar and Karthik in the middle.

With the help of Suryakumar’s half-century, India managed to score 101 runs at the end of the 15th over. In the very next over, Karthik was also dismissed, and the last 5 overs’ load was totally on Surya.

Suryakumar got out in the 18th over after scoring a terrific 66 runs off 40 balls. In the end, India managed to score only 133/9 after 20 overs, and half of the runs were scored by Suryakumar Yadav.

For South Africa, Ngidi took 4 wickets, Parnell took 3 wickets, and Nortje took 1 wicket.

South African Innings

Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma opened the innings for SA. India needed some early wickets to stay in the game and Arshdeep gave them what they needed by removing both de Kock and Rossouw in the 2nd over.

In the final over of the powerplay, SA also lost Bavuma, and they were 24-3 and needed 110 runs in 84 balls from here.

With Aiden Markram and David Miller in the middle, SA cautiously played after the early wickets and were 40-3 after the end of the 10th over.

Catches and run out chances were missed as Miller and Markram started building a partnership. They both attacked Pandya and Ashwin. SA needed 46 runs in 34 balls from here.

With the last 5 overs remaining, SA was 95-3 and needed only 39 runs in 30 balls. India needed something innovative from here.

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The last three overs demanded 25 runs, and it was pretty much an easy day for SA as David Miller was still in the crease. Markram (52) got out in the 16th over.

A good 19th over from Shami left 6 runs for the last over. But as soon as Miller (56) got on strike, he finished the game and South Africa won by 5 wickets.

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    Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

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