Twitter Reactions: Lungi Ngidi, David Miller put brakes on India's juggernaut to help South Africa climb top of table
India lost their first game of the tournament, while South Africa still remain unbeaten.
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After the India-Pakistan contest, the Indian fans had been waiting for the India-South Africa game, as the two teams met at the Perth Stadium for their T20 World Cup 2022 fixture. The two teams had met recently for a T20I series that India won, and this contest turned out to be very intriguing. It was a low-scoring thriller, and South Africa bagged their second win of the tournament and defeated India by five wickets to go on the top of the points table.
The game started with India winning the toss. Rohit Sharma’s decision to bat first did not quite work in India’s favor as the openers failed to fire, again. Sharma was the first one to walk back to the pavilion after scoring 15(14), and KL Rahul followed him next after playing a 14-ball 9-run knock. India’s start was sluggish and all the focus then shifted to the in-form batters, Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav.
India suffered a major blow when Kohli was dismissed early, but Yadav carried all the pressure on his shoulder and acted as the lone warrior. He scored a major chunk of India’s total runs, but could not find the right partner to build a partnership with. Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, and Dinesh Karthik failed to score runs and were dismissed cheaply.
As a result, India managed to score only 133 runs in their allotted 20-over quota, with Yadav finishing as the top run-scorer. Lungi Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with four wickets under his belt.
South Africa struggle, but cruise past India
South Africa’s start to the chase was awful, to say the least, as opener Quinton de Kock, and the in-form Rilee Rossouw, who had notched up a century in his previous game, were dismissed in just the second over of play, courtesy of Arshdeep Singh. The young pacer managed to give India an early breakthrough by picking up two crucial wickets within three deliveries, but things fell out of place for India thereon.
South Africa lost the third wicket inside the powerplay as Temba Bavuma, the Proteas skipper, found his way back to the pavilion courtesy of Mohammed Shami. But after the powerplay, the Indian bowlers struggled, and South Africa’s middle-order batters enjoyed their time on the field. India’s fielding saw a downfall as the Men in Blue missed out on multiple dismissal opportunities, and the Proteas batters capitalized on the chances.
Aiden Markram and David Miller shared a composed 76-run stand and kept South Africa’s game going. Markram fell prey to Hardik Pandya’s pace after completing a fine half-century, but that did not affect the Proteas much as Miller continued the power-hitting. Indian bowlers took the game deep and kept the opposition batters on the edge till the final over, but South Africa managed to sail past the Men in Blue to hand them their first defeat of the tournament.
Cracker of a game! I said it before the WC, and still believe SA will bring the trophy home 👍🏻— Albie Morkel (@albiemorkel) October 30, 2022
2011 WC: SA won with 2 balls remaining— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) October 30, 2022
2022 T20 WC: SA won with 2 balls remaining
A tense finish but @ProteasMenCSA hold their nerve to beat @BCCI in Perth! @DavidMillerSA12 and #AidenMarkram leading the way with @NgidiLungi and @WayneParnell firing with the ball. #Proteas @T20WorldCup #T20WorldCup— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) October 30, 2022
Top of the table…!! Lets gooooo.. #INDvsSA— Morne Morkel (@mornemorkel65) October 30, 2022
Well Done South Africa. India fought well till the end but 133 wasn’t enough— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 30, 2022
Similar to the 50 over 2011 World Cup , India lose to South Africain group stage. Hopefully will win all from here. #INDvsSA
Certainly not the result Pakistan were looking for from this #INDvsSA game,— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) October 30, 2022
That even slims the chances 4
Pak🇵🇰 2 qualify for semis.
Do we still have any realistic chances left? Or game over?
Plzzz tell me a good news if thres any left plz 😔💔
People laughed but I though SA could be real contenders for this World Cup. With @DavidMillerSA12 arguably the most wanted t20 batter in the world right now, and a quick four pronged seam attack on seamer friendly conditions! SA look a dangerous prospect! #T20worldcup22— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) October 30, 2022
Told Ya....✌️✌️✌️🇿🇦🇿🇦— Vernon Philander (@VDP_24) October 30, 2022
@WayneParnell couldn’t have set a better tone with that opening over and everything else just fell into place from there. Bowling unit outstanding and the batting unit stayed calm after a slow start. Fantastic result for @ProteasMenCSA— Ashwell Prince (@ashyp_5) October 30, 2022