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India vs South Africa 1st T20I – Post Match comments

The much-anticipated home T20I series for India did not begin well, as they were defeated by a spirited South African delegation by seven wickets in Delhi. Despite posting a competitive score, the hosts were unable to match the bravery displayed by Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller near the conclusion. The match began with Temba Bavuma winning the toss and requesting Rishabh Pant and his team to bat first.

The underdog Ishan Kishan started the batting on a high note, smashing 76 off 48 deliveries before being bowled out by Keshav Maharaj. While Shreyas Iyer (36 off 27) and Rishabh Pant (29 off 16) emerged as important middle-order cogs, Hardik Pandya finished India’s innings in style with his quickfire unbeaten 31 off 12. Keshav Maharaj remained very expensive on the day despite having one wicket, while Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, and Dwaine Pretorius each had one wicket.

The visiting side didn’t get off to a fast start in order to chase 212 runs, as the top order failed to make any significant contributions. The real trouble began for Indian bowlers when Van van Dussen (75* off 46) and Miller (64* off 31) began to operate at a higher level. Both batsmen left no stone unturned to help their team win the first game, which they won with five balls to spare. For India, Harshal Patel, Axar Patel, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar each took one wicket.

Rishabh Pant – Losing Captain

We had enough points on the board, but I believe we lacked execution. But there are occasions when you have to give credit to the opponent. RvD and Miller both batted effectively. When we batted, slower balls were effective, but the surface improved in the second innings. We mostly followed through with our plans (to Miller), but the wicket became better and better. We were pleased with the overall result, but the next time we are in a comparable circumstance, we will do better.

Temba Bavuma – Winning Captain

We expected the wicket to get better as the night went on. Fortunately, the batting came through. A bit tricky to assess the bowling. It was fair considering how good that wicket was. He (Ishan Kishan) made it look very easy. They put us under pressure when our spinners were bowling. Always had a left-right combo that didn’t allow us to settle. proper batting display. David carried his form and was well supported by Rassie. Just need to build from this performance. It was a good wicket, probably we can read the situation a bit better, especially the spinners. I am being overly critical because the pitch was good. We will take that result. We have a lot of belief in Rassie. We have seen him do that time and time again where he kind of starts slowly and then finds a way to bring it back at the end. He is a guy we can see as a finisher in our team. His partnering with David does make out batting explosive. It was hot but wasn’t so humid. Cut down on some training and make sure everyone is fit.

David Miller – Player of the Match

Obviously, a lot of hard work has gone in over the last few years to understand my game a lot better. You need two players playing a part while chasing. Rassie played phenomenally well at the back end with some big overs. Chuffed with the result. Just try and hang in there was the chat (With Rassie). He was trying to go but he wasn’t getting it. Just about limiting dot balls and waiting for that loose ball. Belief (one thing that has transformed his career). Understanding winning more games and more consistency gives you more belief. I am pretty open to bat anywhere. Just want to make a difference.