indian team captain Rohit Sharma He signs autographs to some fans at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram after his team won the game The first T20I be opposed to South Africa Wednesday (September 28).
The Blues beat the Proteas by 8 wickets in the opening T20I to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Bowling first after winning the pitch, India limited South Africa to 8-for-106. The batsman then chased the target with 16.4 runs.
After the clinical victory, Rohit decided to make some fans’ days more memorable. He walked to one of the stands and started autographing frantically. BCCI shared a video of the killer gesturing to the crowd, with the caption:
“Just a little something for Thiruvananthapuram fans, thanks captain @ImRo45! #TeamIndia| #INDvSA.”
As the margin of victory indicates, the Indian team is completely dominant in the Trivandrum T20I. Arshdeep Singh (3/32) had three wickets in his first inning, while Deepak Chahar had two as he collapsed at 5-9 in 2.3 overs. Keshav Maharaj’s defiant 41 ensured South Africa reached at least triple figures.
In the chase for 107, India lost a duck from skipper Rohit to a beauty from Kagiso Rabada. Anrich Nortje then sent Virat Kohli back for 3 points. However, Suryakumar Yadav (33, 50) and KL Rahul (56, 51) took the Blues home without any further damage. The pair added a full 93 for the third wicket.
“You’ll learn a lot by playing a game like this” – Rohit Sharma on his first T20I victory
Speaking after the game, Rohit acknowledged that the surface was a tough one, but claimed it was also a very good learning experience. At the post-match award ceremony, he commented:
“Wickets are tricky. You learn a lot playing a game like this. You understand what a team needs to do in tough conditions. It’s a great game to play. We know that bowlers get some when they see the grass on the pitch. Stuff, but we didn’t expect to get help for the full 20 games.”
The 35-year-old added that the pitch was a bit damp, so South Africa were not out despite a small score. He added:
“It was still wet. Both teams were in the game and the team that played better won the game. We started well and got five wickets quickly and that was the turning point. When the Pacers got help, it was A perfect demonstration of how to bowl.”
Sharing his thoughts on the chase, he concludes
“We knew it wasn’t easy. Conditions had to be respected. Having lost two wickets, the collaboration between KL and Surya brought us home.”
T20I, the second of the three-match series, will be played at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday (October 2).