India vs South Africa Fourth T-20I Rajkot 17 June Match Report 2022

Dinesh Karthik scored a swashbuckling half century as India beat South Africa by 82 runs at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Friday.

After being asked to bat first by South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma, India got off to a poor start as Ruturaj Gaikwad (5) poked at a Lungi Ngidi delivery to Quinton De Kock behind the stumps.

Shreyas Iyer was then trapped leg before wicket by an inducker from Marco Jansen for 4. Anrich Nortje then got into the act by dismissing the well set Ishan Kishan (27) caught behind, while attempting a ramp and ended up top edging to wicket keeper.

The pair of Rishabh Pant along with Hardik Pandya featured in a 41 run stand for the fourth wicket before the former (17) perished to Keshav Maharaj, leaving the hosts in a spot of bother at 81/4.

All rounder Hardik and Dinesh Karthik bailed India out of trouble with a crucial 65 run stand for the fifth wicket before the former perished to a brilliant catch by Tabraiz Shamsi in the deep off Lungi Ngidi for a fine 46.

Karthik reached his maiden T20I fifty by smashing Pretorius for a six over deep mid wicket. The 37 year old Karthik smashed a 27 ball-55 to take India to a competitive score of 169/6 in their allotted 20 overs.

Chasing 170, South Africa suffered a huge set back as skipper Temba Bavuma had to retire hurt on 8, having injured his left elbow while diving at the non-striker’s end.

The visitors however lost Quinton de Kock run out for 14, following a horrible mix-up with Dwaine Pretorius.

Avesh Khan then got into the act by dismissing Pretorius caught behind for a duck, while attempting a slog to the leg side.

Yuzvendra Chahal then struck a crucial blow by trapping the in form Heinrich Klaasen right in front for 8. The visitors were in further trouble when Harshal Patel knocked over David Miller with a back-of-length delivery.

Avesh Khan then dismissed Rassie van der Dussen (20), Marco Jansen (12) and Keshav Maharaj (0) in succession, as the Proteas slumped to 78/7.

Axar Patel then wrapped up the innings by dismissing Lungi Ngidi (4) caught at long on by Gaikwad ,as the Proteas were bowled out for a paltry score of 87, which is their lowest-ever T20I total.

With this win, the hosts level the five-match series 2-2. The fifth and the final T20 international will be played at Bengaluru on 19 June, Sunday.

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