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South Africa defeated India by 5 wickets. (Photo: ANI)
New Delhi: Arshdeep took the wickets of Quinton de Kock and Riley Roseau to prevent South Africa from starting their chase of 134 against India. Suryakumar Yadav’s sixty-eight hundred kept India’s hopes alive against South Africa. Lungi Nkiti struck twice in the same over to dismiss both Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul and now Hardik Pandya. India captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat against South Africa in their Group 2, Super 12 match of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup in Perth on Sunday.
India are top of Group 2 with 4 points and 2 wins from 2 matches. The Proteas are third with three points after one win from two matches. Their other game against Zimbabwe was inconclusive and both teams shared the points.
“It’s a good surface and we know what to expect here. It’s a good preparation but now it’s game time. We want to come out here and do what we did. Sometimes you get carried away or your energy is low,” Indian captain Rohit Sharma said of the toss. , but you have to keep calm.Axar misses, Deepak Hooda comes in.
“Big game for us, good start to the tournament, it’s a big opportunity to test our skills against a strong Indian team,” said South African captain Demba Bouma on the toss. We would have probably batted, batting under the lights might have been a bit difficult, but now we have to bowl well and restrict them to a low score.
The conditions are similar to what we have at home and this is a surface that our fast bowlers can exploit. A change – Shamsi misses, Nkiti comes in.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(K), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh. South Africa (Playing XI ): Quinton de Kock(w), Temba Bavuma(c), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje.
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