India on Sunday won the 2nd game of the short 3 match T20 series against South Africa by 16 runs. This win meant that India had won a T20I series for the first time against South Africa. The match at Barsapara Stadium at Guwahati was a high scoring match with over 450 runs during the course of the day. It was an important win for India just weeks before the start of the 2022 T20 World Cup.
The story as it happened –
Rohit Sharma was an animated captain during the entire game. Earlier when he was batting, umpire Virender Sharma hadn’t given a wide ball during the 1st over of the Indian innings. Rohit was dismayed by the call and contemplated going for DRS.
Rohit Sharma’s exchange with umpire in the 19th over -
In the 19th over of the SA innings, Miller was trying to be innovative while facing off against Arshdeep Singh. The left armer bowled the ball wide when he saw Miller move way outside off stump. The umpire called it a wide and captain Rohit Sharma wasn’t happy about it. He soon made his way to the umpire and was seen having an animated chat. The conversation ended on a happy note with a smile and handshake.
India post a massive 237 on the board –
South Africa won the toss and chose to bowl first on a wicket which many commentators had said would be tough to bat on. Rohit and Rahul added 96 for the 1st wicket with Rohit scoring 43. Rahul got his 2nd successive fifty for the series when he scored 57 off 28 balls. Surya Kumar Yadav then changed the face of the game with 61 off 22 balls with 5 fours and 5 sixes. Kohli was not out on 49 from 28 balls with 7 fours and a six, while DK scored 17* from 7 balls with a four and 2 sixes.
Indian bowlers strike early –
Chasing 238, the South Africans were rocked early when Arshdeep Singh got the wicket of Temba Bavuma for a duck. 2 balls later it was Rilee Rossouw who was sent back by Arshdeep for a duck. Markram and De Kock added 45 runs for the 3rd wicket as the right hander was seen to be in a aggressive mood. Axar got the wicket of Markram for 33 of 19 balls when he was bowled.
Killer Miller steals the show –
At one stage South Africa needed over 15 runs per over, but David Miller did not lose hope. He went after every Indian bowler and put them to the sword to score his 2nd T20I century. Miller reached his 100 with 2 back to back sixes off Axar Patel in the final over. Miller scored 106* off 47 balls with 8 fours and 7 massive sixes, with one going past 104 meters. De Kock was not out on 69 off 48 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes.
Twitter reacts –
Indian fans took to twitter to react to the entire exchange between umpire Virender Sharma and Rohit Sharma. You can read all the tweets below.
Rohit Sharma getting angry because Arshdeep scored runs at better SR than him😔💔— Pushkar (@musafir_hu_yar) October 2, 2022
Rohit Sharma: Virat Kohli it's time to get angry.— Dr.Nikhat (@Nikhat__) October 2, 2022
Virat Kohli: pic.twitter.com/E9KONmTF9H
Kal ka 19th over dekh arshdeep ka wide ball jo pakda tha— Abhishek Jha (@iabhishekjha_) October 3, 2022
What a shitshow 19th over from Arshdeep. Wide, No ball, boundaries. Please be better when you come for the world cup. There's a lot of hope riding on you guys#INDvsSA— Ankit (@phaeton_ceres) October 2, 2022