Dinesh Karthik’s maiden T20I 50 and Avesh Khan’s 4 wickets guide India home.
India crushed South Africa by 82 runs in the fourth T20I to draw the five-match series level 2-2 on Friday. India dished out a clinical performance as they posted a competitive 169 for six, riding on Dinesh Karthik’s career-best 27-ball 55 and Hardik Pandya’s 46 off 31 balls.
India was Boosted by Pandya & Karthik
India gathered just 56 runs in the first 10 overs before the Hardik-Karthik stand boosted the scoring rate. While Hardik perished after hitting 46, Karthik went on to score his maiden T20I fifty. He gathered 55 off just 27 deliveries, hitting nine fours and two sixes en route to the fifty mark. SA captain Bavuma won the toss and elected to bowl against unchanged India.
Put in to bat first, the hosts reached 169/6 in 20 overs in the fourth T20 International. Chasing 170 for the win, Proteas managed to reach only 87 for nine in 16.5 overs with Temba Bavuma not returning to bat. The sides will next head to Bengaluru for the deciding fifth T20 on Sunday.
The hosts then returned to dismiss South Africa for 87 in 16.5 overs.
For India, Avesh Khan (4/18) snapped four wickets in a sensational spell of fast bowling, while Yuzvendra Chahal (2/21) claimed two and Harshal Patel (1/3 in 2 overs) took one. Invited to bat, India were in a spot of bother after being reduced to 40 for three in the 7th over but Pandya (46 off 31 balls) and Rishabh Pant (17 off 23 balls) added 41 off 40 balls to provide stability to the innings. Pandya and Karthik then forged a 65-run stand in 33 balls to take India to a good score.
India: 169 for 6 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 55, Hardik Pandya 46; Lungi Ngidi 2/20)
South Africa: 87 all-out in 16.5 overs (Rassie van der Dussen 20, Avesh Khan 4/12).
South Africa made three changes, replacing Kagiso Rabada, Wayne Parnell and Reeza Hendricks with Marco Jansen, a fit-again Quinton de Kock, and Lungi Ngidi. India, on the other hand, opted for an unchanged side.
After outwitting India in the first two games, the Proteas were at the receiving end in the third match and eventually faced a defeat. Led by Rishabh Pant, the hosts made a stellar comeback in the series after being down 2-0 and clinched the 3rd T20I game at Vizag by 48 runs.