Arshdeep Singh’s impressive figures of 3/32, followed by fine half centuries from KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav as India thumped South Africa by 8 wickets in the first T20 international at Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.
After being asked to bat first by Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep dismantled the Proteas top and middle order, losing half their side for nine runs in just 2.3 overs.
Aiden Markram along with Wayne Parnell resurrected the innings with a valuable 33 run stand for the sixth wicket before the former was trapped leg before wicket by Harshal Patel for 25.
Parnell was involved in yet another crucial 26 run stand for the seventh wicket alongside Keshav Maharaj before the former (24) perished to Axar Patel.
In the end Maharaj scored a defiant 35 ball-41 to lift the visitors to 106/8 in their allotted 20 overs.
For India, Arshdeep was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/32, while Deepak Chahar and Harshal Patel claimed 2 wickets each.
Chasing 107, the hosts suffered an early jolt as Rohit Sharma edged a delivery from Kagiso Rabada to wicket keeper Quinton De Kock, who took a outstanding one handed catch.
Anrich Nortje then got into the act by dismissing Virat Kohli caught behind the stumps, while attempting a cut off a widish delivery.
Suryakumar Yadav (50*) and KL Rahul (51*) then featured in an unbroken 93 run stand for the third wicket to take The Men in Blue to a comfortable win in 16.4 overs.
Arshdeep was declared the Man of the Match for his fine spell of 3/32.