India vs South Africa: Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller star as Proteas chase record target in 1st T20I

David Miller carried his sensational IPL form to international cricket as South Africa poked fun at the Indian bowling attack to shoot their highest-ever run chase and race to a seven wicket win in the opening T20 in New Delhi on Thursday. . Rassie Van der Dussen (71 not out on 45) and Miller (64 not out on 31) split an unbeaten 131-run tie to chase a stiff 212-run target with ridiculous ease and five balls. India had put down an impressive 211 for four with the help of Ishan Kishan (76 from 48 balls), new skipper Rishabh Pant (29 from 16) and Hardik Pandya (31 from 12). It was not meant to be, however, as the Indians were outdone by the brilliance of Miller and van der Dussen, who played with the opposition’s attack.

South African skipper Temba Bavuma (10) and Quinton de Kock (22) went after 22/0 in the first two overs. However, the ever reliable Bhuvneshwar Kumar cast a brilliant leg-cutter to fire Bavuma.

Dwayne Pretorius (29 of 13) and de Kock then took leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik to the cleaners.

While Chahal gave up 16 runs, Hardik, whose return to bowling was expected long before the series, leaked 18 runs and got three sixes from Pretorius, including one 91 meters long.

Harshal Patel eventually broke off the partnership when he tricked Pretorius with a slow full throw.

The Indian bowlers continued to hit at regular intervals and restricted the boundaries, delaying proceedings. But “Killer Miller” had other ideas.

The Southpaw continued its stellar run from the IPL hitting a total of three sixes and a pair of fours in the 12th and 13th to get South Africa back in the game, while Van der Dussen played the perfect second fiddle.

Needing 80 of the last six. Miller brought up his fifth T20 half-century.

India had a chance to break the dangerous partnership between Miller and Van der Dussen, but Shreyas was guilty of dropping the latter at deep midwicket at 29.

The drop cost India a lot of money when Van der Dussen beat Harshal into submission. The South African hit three sixes and a four.

Then it was a six-hitting feast, as both batters hit five maximums each.

Previously, India had a good start after being asked to bat. The hosts looted 13 runs from the first left, with Kishan hitting back-to-back fours when Bavuma chose to open with spinner Keshav Maharaj.

Bavuma corrected his mistake and bought pace striker Kagiso Rabada on the attack, who limited the score by giving up two runs in the next over.

Kishan seemed to struggle with Anrich Nortje’s pace, but alongside Rituraj Gaikwad (23) he easily managed to steal boundaries and sixes at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.

Gaikwad was dropped at 17 by Dwayne Pretorius at the start of the seventh over. However, the righthander was unable to take advantage of the delay as he was caught midwicket by Bavuma off of Wayne Parnell, who was making a comeback to South Africa for the first time since 2017.

Kishan and rookie Shreyas Iyer (36) continued to score runs at will as India ran to 100 runs in 9.4 overs.

The visitors also seemed a bit sloppy on the field, missing catches and a punching opportunity.

Iyer then hit Tabraiz Shamsi for a pair of sixes over long-on.

Kishan brought up his third T20-fifty in style when he slapped Maharaj for a midwicket of six. In the groove, he then took the spinner to the cleaners in his next over, launching the ball for back-to-back sixes before hitting two fours.

However, Maharaj eventually redeemed himself when Ishan hit the long ball right into David Miller’s hands at wide long-on. Iyer also left shortly afterwards.

Returning to the side after leading his side Gujarat Titans to the IPL title, Captain Pant and his deputy Pandya then hit a flurry of fours and sixs to give the final flourish.

Short results: India 211/4 (Ishan Kishan 76, Shreyas Iyer 36, Wayne Parnell 1/32) v South Africa 212/3 (Rassie van der Dussen 75 David Miller 64; Axar Patel 1/40).

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