IND vs SA 4th T20I: India beat South Africa by 82 runs in the fourth T20 international to level the series 2-2 on Friday in Rajkot. Once again, Rishabh Pant lost the toss but India still managed to score 169 runs on the board on a tricky wicket. India didn’t start off too well as they had lost the first three wickets for just 40 runs on the board.
The likes of Gaikwad (5), Ishan Kishan (27), and Shreyas Iyer (4) all failed to deliver. Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya tried to rebuild the innings but the former struggled to get going. Pant eventually got out after scoring 17 runs in 23 balls.
India had lost 4 wickets for just 81 runs on the board in 12.5 overs. However, the arrival of Dinesh Karthik changed things dramatically. He got going right from the onset of the innings and played shots all around the ground. Hardik Pandya, on the other hand, also played a superb hand.
Karthik played an outstanding knock of 55 runs in 27 balls, while Hardik Pandya amassed 46 runs in 31 deliveries. Thanks to those valuable knocks, India managed to put on a winning total on the board.
SA fail to put up partnerships
In reply, South Africa lost Quinton de Kock and Dwaine Preterious inside the power play, and Temba Bavuma went back (retired hurt). South Africa failed to bat well against a powerful Indian bowling attack. A collective bowling effort from India meant South Africa kept losing wickets at short intervals. None of the batters stepped up to the task and, in the end, they could only manage to score 87 runs.
Avesh Khan starred with the ball, picking 4 for 18 in 4 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal also returned with sensational figures of 2 for 21 in 4 overs.