Rajkot (Gujarat) [India]June 18 (ANI): South Africa have recorded their lowest shortest form total of the game, with just 87 runs.
The Proteas achieved this unwelcome record in the fourth T20I of the five-game series against SA at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot. After Proteas put down a competitive 170 runs to win, Indian bowlers bundled them up for 87, winning the match by 82 runs.
Their lowest score in T20Is previously was 89, which they had achieved against Australia in February 2020.
In the bat-first match, India’s top order failed to perform well in a crucial game, leaving the side struggling with 81/4. Then it was the 65-run tie between Dinesh Karthik (55) and Hardik Pandya (46) that lifted India and propelled them to 169/6 in their 20 overs.
In response, South African batters never looked good and the side continued to lose wickets on a regular basis. Unable to withstand the dangerous mix of pace and spin thrown at them by Indian bowlers, they were bundled up for 87. Rassie Van Der Dussen scored the highest score for his side with 20.
Pacer Avesh Khan (4/18) and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2/21) were the stars for India with the ball.
Dinesh Karthik was named ‘Man of the Match’ for his amazing 55 which was also his first T20I fifty.
This puts the series at 2-2 and the final will be played on June 19 at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. (ANI)