Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi’s deadly bowling, Aiden Markram and David Miller’s fifties helped South Africa beat India by five wickets in a low-scoring match of the Super 12 of the T20 World Cup on Sunday night. The reason for India’s defeat was the failure of the top-order batsmen, who could not sit on the fast and bouncy pitch of Optus Stadium. India missed a fifth fast bowler as off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin conceded 43 runs in his four overs. Along with this, the poor fielding of Team India was also an important reason for this defeat.
Captain Rohit Sharma’s Indian team, batting first after winning the toss, scored 133 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Recovering from a poor start, South Africa hit the ground with 5 wickets in the first two balls. Fast bowler Arshdeep Singh, however, spoiled South Africa’s start. But later Aidan Markram and David Miller handled the team well. There was a time when Ashwin almost broke this partnership by dismissing Markram, but Kohli threw all the hard work with a simple catch.
The incident happened in the 12th over. The fifth ball was short, which Makram tried to pull. Kohli drops a simple catch at deep midwicket. Ashwin had no choice but to put his hand on his head. Between deep mid wicket and long on, Makram was shot in the air. Kohli, posted on the boundary, had a chance to take an easy catch, which Virat could not catch. This was also the turning point of the match. Makram played a match winning innings of 52 runs in 41 balls. Batting at a strike rate of 126.83, Makram hit 6 fours and 1 lofty six. Later he was caught out for hitting a big shot off Hardik Pandya’s delivery. But by then it was too late.