The second match of the 3-match series was played today at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. African captain Temba Bavuma won the toss and was elected to field first. In response, today Indian batsman played very well.
Rohit Sharma and Kl Rahul shared a 96-run partnership for the first wicket. Even though Rohit played slow, Rahul did not let the pressure come on Rohit. Kl Rahul scored 57 runs with a strike rate of 203 with the help of five 4s and four 6s while Rohit Sharma scored 43 in 37 balls.
SuryaKumar did not let the pressure of the wickets of Rohit and Rahul put on the Indian team, He played an impressive and fast inning of 61 runs in just 22 balls with a strike rate of 277 including four 4s & six 6s. After SuryaKumar’s dismissal, Showing his Virat form, Virat Kohli played an innings of 49 runs in 28 balls which included 7 fours and 1 six.
Unfortunately, he missed his half-century by 1 run. But again vintage Dinesh Karthik proved why he is called a finisher. He scored 17 runs in just 7 balls including one 4s and two 6s. The Indian team scored 237 runs in 20 overs.
David miller tried their best but failed to win the match for the team.
Chasing a massive score of 237 runs, the African team lost its two crucial wickets in the second over. Captain Temba Bavuma and Rilee Rossouw are out without scoring any runs. Quinton de Kock may have scored 69 runs but during the entire match, He was seen struggling.
But David Miller played a fantastic inning of 106 runs in just 47 balls with the help of eight 4s and seven huge 6s. But unfortunately, he is unable to finish the match for his team. South Africa scored 221 runs in 20 overs. India won the match by 16 runs and sealed the series by 2-0.
Man of the Match: Kl Rahul
Rahul: 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.