South Africa triumphs in rain-marred T20I clash against India despite Rinku Singh’s heroic 68 not out.
In a gripping encounter marked by dramatic twists and stunning displays, South Africa secured a five-wicket win against India via the DLS method in the second T20I clash held in Gqeberha. Despite Rinku Singh’s brilliant unbeaten knock of 68, South Africa managed to seal their sixth consecutive victory against India across all formats.
Opting to bat, India, after losing both openers Yasahvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill for ducks, found themselves reeling. However, a resilient partnership between Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma steadied the ship, contributing 49 crucial runs. Rinku Singh’s blazing innings added impetus, propelling India to 180/7 in 19.3 overs before rain truncated play.
Defending the revised target of 152 in 15 overs, India struggled to contain South Africa’s onslaught. Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram’s explosive knocks laid the foundation for South Africa’s charge, scoring 41 runs in just 2.4 overs. Despite the Indian bowlers’ valiant efforts, South Africa remained dominant, achieving the target with seven deliveries to spare.
Post-match, Indian skipper Suryakumar Yadav, though disappointed by the loss, expressed pride in India’s resilient approach. “The message was clear. It was a bit tough but we were out of our comfort zone,” stated Yadav during the presentation ceremony. Crediting South Africa for their batting prowess, he acknowledged the challenging task India faced.
The Indian camp remains upbeat despite the loss, aiming for a comeback in the upcoming third T20I on December 14.