IND v SA, 4th T20I: Avesh, Karthik, Hardik in India’s 82-run defeat to South Africa; Level Series 2-2 (LD)

Despite losing the toss for the fourth time in a row, India finished on the winning side, meaning the hosts leveled the five-match series 2-2, with Sunday’s match in Bengaluru now a winner. .

After Karthik’s career-best 27-ball 55, apart from hitting nine fours and two sixes at a strike-rate of 203.7, a 33-ball 65-run partnership with Hardik Pandya (46 off 31 balls) helped India prompted a competitor. 169/6, South Africa were never chasing the word, with only three batsmen reaching double digits and all out for 87 in 16.5 overs, making Avesh among the bowlers with career-best figures in this format. were one. Play.

With India’s bowlers hitting hard lengths consistently, the pacers getting variable bounce and the spinners getting the signal to keep things tight, it was difficult for South Africa to chase down 170. It was the bounce that hit skipper Temba Bavuma on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s shoulder. But taking a single off Avesh Khan, Bavuma injured his left elbow and had to retire for eight runs.

With the visitors struggling with their timing and Bavuma leaving the crease, one could feel that South Africa could be in trouble. A heavy mix for a quick single resulted in Quinton de Kock running out for 14. In the next over, Dwayne Pretorius tried to relieve the pressure of the dot-ball by slogging, but was caught behind Avesh Khan off six balls. duck.

Heinrich Klaasen survived an lbw appeal when the umpire called for Axar Patel in the eighth over. But in the next over, he failed to sweep Yuzvendra Chahal’s delivery and got stuck in front of the stumps. David Miller was the next batsman to fall as Harshal slammed one and dislodged the off-stump. In the 14th over, Avesh made sure the South African challenge was as good as the over.

He dismissed Rassie van der Dussen at deep mid-wicket, then caught Marco Jansson with a bouncer and dismissed him in the same area the very next ball. Avesh closes the over with a smooth catch to Keshav Maharaj at mid on. Chahal and Axar took a wicket each to finish the innings as India beat the Proteas.

Earlier, Karthik and Pandya’s efforts at the back end of the innings took India to a mammoth 73 in the last five overs. It was a total contrast of 81/4 in their 12.5 overs, especially losing the top order in the first seven overs.

Ruturaj Gaikwad hesitantly pushed a length ball past Lungi Ngidi, and the extra bounce gave de Kock the lead. Shreyas Iyer’s struggle against the South African pacers continued when he was dismissed lbw by an inswinger from left-arm pacer Marco Jensen. Ishan Kishan hit Jensen for three fours and a six, but fell soon after the power-play ended, undone by Enrique Nortje’s extra bounce, leaving de Kock behind.

Rishabh Pant found it difficult to free up and was almost out in the 12th over when Maharaj went to his right at backward point but could not get hold of. Pandya closes the over with successive wrist sixes off Tabrez Shamsi at mid-wicket. Down on one knee, Pant tries to swipe a wide delivery off Maharaj, just to short third man from top-edge, making it Pant’s fourth straight outing off wide off-stump.

After sweeping Maharaj for a boundary, Karthik smashes Enrique Nortje for a four through off-side while Pandya cuts backward point to collect 15 runs in the 16th over. Karthik hit three fours by sweep, reverse sweep and long-on and long-off off Maharaj.

It was Pretorius’ turn to take Karthik to the cleaners, slog at deep square leg, followed by a brace of fours with a cut and sweep. Though Pandya slipped and fell to run out to third man off Ngidi, Karthik smashed Pretorius for a six at a cow corner to complete his maiden T20I half-century, much to the delight of the crowd. Despite Karthik picking deep square leg to perfection, it was enough for India to secure a much-needed win.

Brief scores: India 169/6 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 55, Hardik Pandya 46; Lungi Ngidi 2/20, Enrique Nortje 1/21) beat South Africa 87 in 16.5 overs (Rossi van der Dussen 20, Quinton De Kock 14, Avesh Khan 4/18, Yuzvendra Chahal 2/21) by 82 runs

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