Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar Set It Up As India Win Low-scoring Game vs South Africa

Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar hit the South Africans hard with a magical swing bowling before Suryakumar Yadav’s gem on a difficult track gave India an easy eight-wicket victory in the first T20 International in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. A goal of 107 on a field with underlying fluids and sometimes more than medium bounce was a struggle before Suryakumar (50 out in 33 balls) released the pressure from KL Rahul (51 out, 56 balls) as India won the match. game in 16.4 overs to lead 1-0 in series of three games.

The field that former India head coach Ravi Shastri called “not ideal for T20 cricket” on the air left batters from both teams finding it difficult to cope with both pace and movement.

It was Arshdeep (3/32) and Chahar (2/24) who basically took the matter for India within the first 15 deliveries of the start after skipper Rohit Sharma mentioned it right away at the toss. Once South Africa faltered with 9/5 in 2.3 overs, the game was over like a game and 106/8 was an underscore even on a difficult track.

The South Africans threw their hearts out in defense.

Kagiso Rabada threw an ideal test match delivery pitching to length and taking off while moving a shadow and all Rohit Sharma (0) could do was dangle his bat in the hallway of uncertainty.

Virat Kohli (3) got an express order from Anrich Nortje who kept climbing while trying to get away from his body and the rim was taken by Quinton de Kock.

Surya, India’s best T20 batter by distance, got a streaked six when his attempt at an outside edge turned into an outside edge that flew over the third man for a maximum of Nortje.

The next six were a perfect whip over a deep, square leg and then an inside out six from Keshav Maharaj indicated he is India’s in-form man.

Rahul’s battle on the other side on the same strip became an ordeal as India had their lowest ever Powerplay score on board.

Only that there was no pressure on the scoreboard, Rahul could play his waiting game once and the only shot worth it was a six on Nortje.

Previously, Arshdeep and Chahar had the white Kookaburra talk some sharp swing bowling after Jasprit Bumrah withdrew due to his recurring back problem that resurfaced.

The duo moved the ball in both directions, making full use of the pinch in the air and bounce off the surface.

Temba Bavuma (0) was nicely set up by Chahar with stock outswingers, who left the skipper alone before a banana inswinger bowled him through the gate. The deviation in the batter was as great as could be.

Arshdeep started by taking the ball shadow away from the southpaw and Quinton de Kock (1) in his attempt to get a move-on dragged one back to the stumps.

The other southpaw Rilee Rossouw (0) also chased a wide outswinger (inswinger by the bowler) to nick one at Rishabh Pant behind the stumps.

But it was Arshdeep’s delivery to David Miller (0) that will be remembered for a long time to come.

Anticipating an outswinger, Miller had committed on the forefoot to find that the bowler had been given one to bend back into him. His horrible over-the-line shot would have resulted in only one thing and that was a bull’s eye.


New T20 sensation Tristan Stubbs (0) didn’t get enough wood to slash his slash over deep to a delivery from Chahar that bounced a shade more. As a result, Arshdeep took a well-judged catch up front.

With five wickets away, there was no return for South Africa and predictably there was no change to the script.

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