IND vs SA: We Didn’t Expect The Pitch To Be This Spicy


The Men in Blue kickstarted their campaign against the Proteas with a comfortable 8-wicket win at the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram to take a 1-0 lead in the 7match T20I series.

KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav hit half-centuries as India chased down a trivial total of 108 after a star performance from India’s bowling department.

KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav
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Temba Bavuma backs the bowlers; exclaims not having enough runs on the scoreboard to defend

Following a loss in the series opener, South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma said, “As a batting unit we failed to apply ourselves in those conditions. We didn’t expect the pitch to play this way. Yes we expected it to be spicy but normally you will be able to hit through the line in this part of the world.”

IND vs SA: We Didn't Expect The Pitch To Be This Spicy - Proteas Skipper Temba Bavuma
Temba Bavuma. (Credits: Twitter)

“Seamers needed runs behind them to defend. They tried their best and were supported by spinners as well. I thought we fought well late with the bat. That’s a positive,” he added.

Match Highlights

India cruised to a comfortable win to seal the opening tie after a sublime batting display from Suryakumar Yadav (50*) and KL Rahul (51*). Chasing 108, India faltered early losing both marquee batsmen – Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli cheaply. However, the duo of SKY and Rahul took on the mantle to steady the chase and see things out to ensure the Men in Blue get over the line comfortably.

Arshdeep Singh
Arshdeep Singh. (Photo: BCCI)

Earlier, Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh set the stage with terrific bowling. Arshdeep bagged three wickets while Chahar managed two wickets to restrict Proteas to 106/8 in 20 overs.

While Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh put up a super display with the ball, rattling Proteas, it was Keshav Maharaj who waged a lone battle with a 41-run knock taking South Africa to 106/8 from 9/5 in three overs. Aiden Markram (25) and Wayne Parnell (24) were the only other batters to reach


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