South Africa defeated India in a low-scoring thriller at Optus Stadium in Perth on Sunday and put Pakistan’s hopes of making it to the semi-final of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 in danger.
Chasing the paltry target of 134, South Africa were in a spot of bother after losing three wickets for 24 inside the powerplay. Then, Aiden Markram and David Miller joined hands to bring the Proteas into the contest.
The duo went on to form a breathtaking partnership of 74 runs for the fourth wicket and took South Africa close to the finish. Though Markram was dismissed at 52 in the 16th over, Miller kept his stand alive and took South Africa over the finish line with an unbeaten knock of 59 from 48 deliveries, including 4 fours and 3 sixes.
Earlier, Suryakumar Yadav guided India to a decent total after all other batters failed to perform against a quality pace attack of South Africa. Despite wickets falling at one end, Surya kept his calm and continued hitting to ensure India reached at least a competitive total.
Suryakuamar smashed 68 from 40 deliveries, with the help of 6 fours and three sixes, before falling in the penultimate over. Lungi Ngidi and Wayne Parnell shined with the ball for the Proteas, picking four and three wickets, respectively.
While Ngidi bagged four scalps for 29 runs in 4 overs, Parnell picked up three wickets for 15 runs in 4 overs, including a maiden.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— ICC (@ICC) October 30, 2022
🚨 RESULT | SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 5 WICKETS
— Proteas Men (@ProteasMenCSA) October 30, 2022
Well Done South Africa. India fought well till the end but 133 wasn’t enough
Similar to the 50 over 2011 World Cup , India lose to South Africain group stage. Hopefully will win all from here. #INDvsSA
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 30, 2022
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) October 30, 2022
Another brilliant game in this #T20WorldCup, and another following the template – excellent early bowling, anchors failing, middle order bailing sides out, and the best riding through to the death. Miller and SKY played beautifully but Ngidi – fresh into the side – the difference
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) October 30, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) October 30, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) October 30, 2022
— Ridhima Pathak (@PathakRidhima) October 30, 2022
Most 50+ scores at No.5 or below in T20Is:
7 – David Miller🇿🇦
6 – Eoin Morgan🏴
6 – Shoaib Malik🇵🇰
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) October 30, 2022
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) October 30, 2022
Cracker of a game! I said it before the WC, and still believe SA will bring the trophy home 👍🏻
— Albie Morkel (@albiemorkel) October 30, 2022
David Miller has really taken his T20 game to the next level in past 12 months, continues to impress with his game management and control, particularly in chases.
— Kieran (@kieran_cricket) October 30, 2022
David Miller is the hero, What a turn around in career, played a massive role for Gujarat in IPL 2022 and making huge impact for South Africa. pic.twitter.com/7uKncDo9Ip
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 30, 2022
2011 WC: SA won with 2 balls remaining
2022 T20 WC: SA won with 2 balls remaining
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) October 30, 2022
Markram and Miller came together with SA in trouble on 24-3 and their partnership won them the match
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) October 30, 2022