At the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati, Assam, the second Twenty20 International that was being played between the hosts India and South Africa had to be interrupted owing to technical difficulties with the floodlights. During the third over, as India’s Deepak Chahar was about to deliver the second ball of the over, the play was paused by the umpires who were present on the field.
The game was paused with South Africa reeling at five for the loss of two wickets. The Indian bowling attack got off to a quick start and quickly picked up Temba Bavuma and Rilee Rossouw for a low score, which sent the Proteas back on their heels. Both Bavuma and Rossouw were dismissed by the left-arm bowler Arshdeep Singh, who sent them back to the dugout.
Earlier, South Africa won the coin toss and asked India to bat first. India accepted the invitation. India got off to a strong start thanks to the efforts of their captain, Rohit Sharma, and his deputy, KL Rahul. Both of them scored 96 runs for the first wicket in only 9.5 overs. Keshav Maharaj was the one who ended Rohit’s innings, as he got him out for an individual score of 43 after 37 balls. Maharaj was able to catch Rahul in front of his stumps and end his innings before it could go on for too long.
Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav put on a great display for the spectators in Guwahati, which helped to mitigate the damage that was done to India by the double whammy that Maharaj delivered. Suryakumar continued his impressive run of form by smashing yet another half-century to demonstrate his prowess in the shortest format of the game. He built on his previous success.
He took out the South African bowlers one by one. In his knock of 61 off 22 deliveries, he hit five fours and five sixes, giving him a frightening appearance throughout his innings. Together with Virat, he contributed to India’s establishment of a preponderant total by putting together a partnership of 102 runs.
On the other side, Virat seemed to be in his element and dominated the South African bowlers as he piled up 49* runs off just 28 balls, including seven fours and a six. Dinesh Karthik, who was scheduled to close off the innings for India, played a cameo in which he scored 17 runs off of seven balls, which contributed to India’s final total of 237 after their 20 overs had been completed. He was not dismissed in the end.
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