Twitter Reactions: Indian bowlers shine as India thump South Africa in 1st T20I

Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar set up the win, before KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav finished things off in style.

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India drew first blood in the three-match T20I series against South Africa, defeating the visitors comfortably by eight wickets on Wednesday, 28th of September. The win was set up by the Indian fast bowling duo of Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh, who restricted the Proteas to a paltry 106 in their 20 overs. Suryakumar Yadav continued his prolific run with the bat in 2022 with another scintillating batting display.

Chasing a modest total, the hosts got off to a rocky start as the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a duck in the third over by Kagiso Rabada. The Indian batters looked all at sea against the fiery Protean pacers, who weren't affording an inch, in hopes of defending the low total.

Virat Kohli's stay at the crease didn't last long either, as the former Indian skipper was sent back cheaply just after the powerplay. South Africa were on top of things before Suryakumar Yadav started hitting his trademark shots. The batter is in red-hot form and looked to be batting at a different surface than the rest. KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav kept the visitors at bay with a match-winning partnership as the hosts got home with any further damage. The latter, scoring another glittering half-century before Rahul finished things off with a six to register a contrasting half-century.

Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh made a mockery of the Protean batting line-up

Earlier in the match, Rohit Sharma was greeted with a loud reception at the toss, and the Indian skipper won the toss and opted to bowl first in the series opener. Rohit's decision paid instant dividends for the team as the incoming Deepak Chahar castled Protean skipper Temba Bavuma in the first over of the match.

But it was Arshdeep's second over that broke the back of the South African bowling line-up as the young left-arm pacer ran riot with three wickets in that over. The over started with the wicket of Quinton de Kock, followed by Rilee Rossouw, and finished with an absolute peach to send David Miller packing.

Tristan Stubbs was the fourth batter to fall with scoring in the next over as South Africa's innings was in tatters, with the score reading a grim 9/5. Aiden Markram and Wayne Parnell dragged South Africa from deep waters before Harshal Patel ended the former's stay at the crease. The visitors were in danger of finishing below the three-figure mark, but the veteran spinner Keshav Maharaj took South Africa's total to a modest total of 106 runs with his 41 off 35 deliveries. 

Deepak Chahar, who replaced the injured Jasprit Bymrah in the playing XI, returned with fabulous bowling figures of 2/24. Arshdeep was the star of the show with his three for, while Harshal Patel also chipped with a couple of crucial blows in the match.

The netizens were in awe of a dominating performance by the Indian team in the first T20I