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India vs South Africa 2nd T20I post match comments

India has finally won a T20I series at home against the Proteas, with Rohit Sharma’s side defeating the visitors by 16 runs in the second T20I. The experienced southpaw David Miller, who scored a remarkable second T20I century amidst devastation in Guwahati, gave the Men in Blue a tremendous worry.

Rohit Sharma’s team began the game with a 96-run opening partnership between KL Rahul and the captain himself. India was scoring at a rapid pace, but the in-form Suryakumar Yadav, who recently became India’s highest T20I run scorer in a calendar year, accelerated the scoring tempo.

His record-breaking partnership with Virat Kohli put the visitors on the defensive as India completed with 237 runs, the fourth best T20I total in history. From then on, India was the favorite to win the game, and a fantastic powerplay by the bowlers almost clinched the deal for the hosts.

David Miller, on the other hand, had different plans as he charged out all guns blazing in pursuit of a possibly record-breaking chase. The southpaw stood out from the crowd, compiling a remarkable tonne to get South Africa as near as he could. His 174-run unbroken partnership with Quinton de Kock was the best fourth-wicket partnership in T20I history.

The match ended in a win for the Indians, and at the end of the match, this is what the captains and the man of the match had to say.


Losing Captain – Temba Bavuma (South Africa)

It probably wasn’t our best performance with the ball. Different conditions and different plans were needed. Execution is our plan is where our conversation is going to be. With 220, we were thinking as batters would be good. But 240 was too high. It shows why David Miller is one of the best T20 batters going around. He is looking good and feeling good and we can draw a lot of confidence from his performance today. Their bowlers got the ball to swing at the top and once it stopped swinging, we saw how easy it was to bat.

Winning Captain – Rohit Sharma (India)

It is something that all of us came together and said was what we wanted to do as a team. It might not come across at times, but we want to stick to it. What I have seen in the last 8-10 months is individuals putting their hands up and getting the job done for the team. Guys without too much experience did this as well. The team wants to play and bowl in a certain way and we want to give them that confidence. Yes, we have not bowled well at the death in the last five or six games. We are doing the same to the opposition as well. To bowl and bat at the death is very tough. That is where the game is decided. It is not concerning, but we need to pick ourselves and get our act together. I am thinking of not playing Surya anymore and playing him directly on the 23rd. This is how his game is and we just want to keep him happy.

Player of the Match – KL Rahul (India)

It is important as an opener to understand what is required on a day and give it your best. It is the mindset I have always played in and will continue to do the same. Satisfying to test yourself in different conditions. Quite honestly, after the first two overs, the chat between me and Rohit was that the pitch was gripping. We thought 180-185 would be a good target. But the game surprises us. I am surprised I am getting the Man of the Match award, Surya should have gotten it. He changed the game. Having batted in the middle order, I have realized that it is difficult. DK doesn’t always get too many balls to face, and he was phenomenal, and so were Surya and Virat. The back-foot punch off the first ball set me up. When I play both sides of the wicket, I know my balance is good. It tells me my head is stable. The crowds always turn up in India. It has been a while since cricket has been played in full stadiums. Phenomenal to see.