India got their heads down and produced a thorough effort against South Africa in the second of a three-match T20I series on Sunday, October 2, in Guwahati, despite talk of selection and injury difficulties for the T20 World Cup. India took an insurmountable 2-0 series lead after scoring a record-setting 237 for 3 on the board and limiting South Africa to 221 runs.
In a night in which more than 450 runs were scored, David Miller’s incredible 106 not out in 47 balls during a 174-run partnership with Quinton de Kock was not enough to keep South Africa from falling 16 runs short of the total.
On Sunday, India made some history when they won their first-ever T20I series against South Africa at home. The team led by Rohit Sharma appears to have recovered well from the Asia Cup setback, defeating the defending world champions Australia 2-1 and taking a commanding lead over South Africa.
Jasprit Bumrah’s injury news and rumours over his eligibility for the T20 World Cup dominated the lead-up to the second T20 International in Guwahati. Due to a back ailment, Bumrah was unable to participate in the current T20I series. However, India ensured that the focus was on their batting prowess by putting on an incredible show of huge hits against a South Africa bowling attack at full power.
India scores 237 in their allotted 20 overs, which ranks as their fourth-highest T20I total and most against the Proteas. Suryakumar Yadav, the top-ranked T20I batsman for India, once again shown why he is perhaps the best batsman in the shortest format currently available by hitting 61 off just 22 balls.
Suryakumar demonstrated his 360-degree hitting ability by smashing five sixes and five boundaries. The Mumbai Indians player reached the 1000-run mark in T20I cricket as well, and he honoured his achievement with a display that won the game. The great batter once again put on a seamless performance.
Suryakumar and Virat Kohli forged a 102-run stand for the third wicket when Suryakumar was run out for 61 in the 19th over, but the damage had already been done.