Ind v SA 4th T20I: DK, Avesh star as India level series
India levelled the five-match T20I series against South Africa with a massive 82 run win in the fourth encounter at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium in Rajkot on Friday night.
India after being asked to bat posted 169 for six and in response South Africa was restricted to 87 for nine in 16.5 overs.
India lost wickets at regular intervals. India was struggling at 40 for three in 6.1 overs. Then captain Rishabh Pant added 41 runs for the fourth wicket with Hardik Pandya. The innings went off track. It was then that Dinesh Kartik joined forces with Hardik Pandya added 65 runs for the fifth wicket. Pandya finally fell for 46 off 31 balls with three boundaries and three sixes. Karthik finished on 55 off 27 balls with nine boundaries and two sixes. In the end India finished on 169 for six in their 20 overs. For South Africa the best bowler was Lungi Ngidi (2-20).
In their response, South Africa was struggling early on. Captain Temba Bavuma had to retire hurt with an injury with the score on 20. Then wickets fell at regular intervals. The visitors were struggling at 26 for two. Then despite attempts at a revival by the middle-order batters failed. Previous match heroes like Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller struggled to get going. In the end South Africa was restricted to 87 for nine in 16.5 overs. For India the best bowlers were Avesh Khan (4-18) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2-21).
The fifth and final T20I will be played on Sunday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
India: 169-6 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Ruturaj Gaikwad-1.6 ov), 2-24 (Shreyas Iyer-2.6 ov), 3-40 (Ishan Kishan-6.1 ov), 4-81 (Rishabh Pant-12.5 ov), 5-146 (Hardik Pandya-18.2 ov), 6-159 (Dinesh Karthik-19.2 ov)
South Africa: 87-9 (16.5)
Fall of wickets: 0-20* (Temba Bavuma-retired hurt), 1-24 (Quinton de Kock-4.5 ov), 2-26 (Dwaine Pretorius-5.2 ov), 3-45 (Heinrich Klaasen-8.2 ov), 4-59 (David Miller-10.2 ov), 5-74 (Rassie van der Dussen-13.2 ov), 6-74 (Marco Jansen-13.4 ov), 7-78 (Keshav Maharaj-13.6 ov), 8-80 (Anrich Nortje-14.6 ov), 9-87 (Lungi Ngidi-16.5 ov)
Result: India won by 82 runs, series levelled 2-2
India: Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (captain & wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal
South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma (captain), Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen (wicket-keeper), David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Toss: South Africa, elected to field
Venue: SCA Stadium, Rajkot
Start time: 1430 hrs GMT
Match officials: Jayaraman Madanagopal, Nitin Menon (On-field Umpires); KN Ananthapadmanabhan (TV Umpire); Anil Chaudhary (Reserve Umpire); Javagal Srinath (Match-referee)
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