M Chinnaswamy stadium in Banglore can be unforgiving. Its short boundaries beside allowing you a chance to score big can also add to your miseries if the former plan fails. Something similar happened on Sunday when South Africa beat India by 9 wickets to level the series 1-1, with one match being called off due to rain.
After deciding to bat first at a packed Chinnaswamy in Banglore, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Reduced to 134/9 in 20 overs, Indian dugout’s sixth sense must have hinted that they would need something extraordinary to pull out a win the following night.
Apparently, extraordinary happened, but in favour of South Africa and skipper Quinton De Kock. De Kock, who was also adjudged as the Man of the Series, single-handedly lead Proteas to a win. He scored 79* and went past 1,000 runs in the t20’s. He became only the sixth batsman to achieve the feat.
India’s decision to bat first on a ground that favours the team chasing; raised several eyebrows. Initially, the decision seemed to have worked as India raced to 54/1 in the sixth over, losing Rohit Sharma early.
However, down the track, Shikhar Dhawan (36) and Virat Kohli (9) were sent back to two spectacular catches by Tabraiz Shamsi And Kagiso Rababda respectively. Further, Rishab Pant and Shreyas Iyer strived to establish a partnership, but couldn’t produce much as India’s hunt for no.4 continues.
Dhawan’s knock of 36 took him past 1,400 t20I runs, and he became the fifth batsmen to do so. Moreover, Rabada picked up 3 wickets in the match and now has 28 T20I wickets for the Proteas. He went past the likes of Albie Morkel and Kyle Abbot (26 each).