Sky (Suryakumar Yadav) – 50* and Rahul (KL Rahul) – 51* produced unbeaten half-centuries to lead India to an eight-wicket victory over South Africa in the opening T20 International.
Thiruvananthapuram: Suryakumar Yadav (50 not out) and KL Rahul (51) produced unbeaten half-centuries to lead India to an eight-wicket victory against South Africa in the opening T20 International on Wednesday.
South Africa’s best scorer was Keshav Maharaj’s 35-ball 41, while Aiden Markram and Wayne Parnell produced 25 and 24, respectively, as the visitors battled due to some excellent bowling from the Indians.
Arshdeep Singh led the Indian bowlers with 3/32, while Deepak Chahar and Harshal Patel took two wickets.
India lost two wickets in rapid succession, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, but Rahul and Yadav guided the team to victory.
South Africa scored 106 for 8 in 20 overs (Keshav Maharaj 41, Aiden Markram 25, Wayne Parnell 24; Arshdeep Singh 3/32, Harshal Patel 2/26, Deepak Chahar 2/24).
India scored 110 runs in 16.4 overs. (KL Rahul not out on 51, Suryakumar Yadav not out on 50)