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India vs South Africa 1st T20I – Deepak Chahar bowls Temba Bavuma out with a stunning delivery

Indian bowlers have made a strong start against South Africa in the current first T20I in Thiruvananthapuram. The opening stints of Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar were brilliant, as they folded the opponent’s half lineup on nine runs in the first 15 deliveries of the game.

At the Greenfield International Stadium, Indian captain Rohit Sharma won the toss again again and requested South Africa to bat first. India rested key bowler Jasprit Bumrah and replaced him with Deepak, while Arshadeep Singh replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar. With so much grass on the ground, it seemed clear that the pacers would dominate the opening T20I.

Deepak delivered the opening over and, on the penultimate ball, removed South African captain Temba Bavuma. He had more speed and bounce from the first delivery and caused difficulty for Bavuma on the fourth and fifth deliveries when the ball was seaming with outswing. On his next delivery, he caught Bavuma off guard with an in-swinger that ripped the off stump.

Arshdeep then outdid Deepak’s start by taking three wickets in the following over. With a virtually full-length delivery, he bowled out Quinton de Kock on the second delivery. He let up four runs and bowled two wides on the following two deliveries, and he seemed to be out of sync.

However, on the fifth delivery, he removed Rilee Rossouw with a good-length ball that struck the outside edge of the bat and landed in Rishabh Pant’s hands. He outdid Deepak’s last-ball delivery to Bavuma and confounded David Miller with the golden duck.

Deepak removed teenage batter, Tristan Stubbs, for a golden duck in the third over, and South Africa was suffering at 9/5 in only 2.3 overs. Aiden Markram and Wayne Parnell then prevented a further collapse by putting up a 33-run stand for the sixth wicket. South Africa was battling at 48/6 after 10 overs when Harshal Patel removed Markram for 25 runs in the eighth over.