The fifties from Aiden Markram and David Miller helped South Africa beat India by 5 wickets in the Super-12 match at Perth’s Optus Stadium.
India bat first after winning the Toss and just scored 133 runs in 20 overs. South Africa restricted India to 133-9 and then reached their target with two balls to spare largely due to a 76-run stand between Aiden Markram (52) and Miller. It put South Africa top of Group 2 by five points, one ahead of India and Bangladesh.
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South Africa’s Lungi Ngidi led a fiery pace onslaught to keep India to 133-9 at the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday, despite an attacking half-century by Suryakumar Yadav.
While Batting first by India, Yadav’s 40-ball 68, laced with six fours and three sixes, helped India recover from 49-5.
Ngidi returned figures of 4-29 off his four overs, ably supported by fellow fast bowler Wayne Parnell who finished with 3-15 after starting the innings with a T20 rarity — a maiden over.
Skipper Rohit Sharma hit a six and a four before being caught and bowled by Ngidi, who returned to the side as South Africa’s only change.
He got KL Rahul next for nine but the big wicket came when Ngidi sent back Virat Kohli for 12, caught in the deep, to silence an Indian-dominated crowd.
Unable to handle the extra bounce on the Perth track, the Indians lost half their side for 49 inside nine overs.
Kagiso Rabada took a stunning catch at the long leg to see the back of dangerous man Hardik Pandya for Ngidi’s fourth wicket.
Yadav hit back with a couple of sixes as he rebuilt the innings with Dinesh Karthik.
The in-form Yadav, who hit an unbeaten 51 against the Netherlands in their previous win, even smashed Ngidi for a huge six over a fine leg to bring alive the fans. He then reached his fifty off 30 balls with another four.
Karthik tried to join the attack but fell to Parnell, who broke the stand which had been worth 52 and the same bowler finally dismissed Yadav for 68 in the 19th over.
The South African needed 134 runs to win and stay unbeaten in the tournament after a washout in their opening match against Zimbabwe and a big win against Bangladesh.
Remember that this Match was very crucial for Pakistan in order to enhance the qualifying chances for the semi-finals. Now India lost the match and the chances of Pakistan in the Semi-Finals are almost dead.
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