Leher Reddy Challuri DP 1
After a washout, Babar Azam and Usman Shinwari stood out for Pakistan as they helped them defeat Sri Lanka by 67 runs at the National Stadium in Karachi and on the 29th of September, leading the series 1-0.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Pakistan were welcomed by Shehan Jayasuriya. In theory, a right-arm off spinner should have stemmed the flow of runs with two left-handed batsman at the crease, but it made no difference as Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq began to pick up the pace since the ending of the 4th over. The pair put together 73 runs, until Imam was dismissed by a leg spin delivery that turned into his pads sharply in the 15th over for 31. While originally deemed to be not out, a Sri Lankan review proved decisive.
New to the crease, Babar Azam helped keep up the scoring rate, while also seeing Fakhar get to a half-century. Soon after, however, he (Fakhar) was dismissed for 54 off 65 balls, slicing a delivery straight to mid-off in the 21st over. Babar played some scintillating drives and hit some power shots off the front and backfoot, and getting to his fifty in the process. Haris Sohail rotated the strike well. The pair put together 111 runs for the 3rd wicket, until Sohail was run out for 40 in the 40th over due to a misunderstanding.
That didn’t stop Babar, however, who went on to score his 11th ODI century in the 44th over. At the end of the same over, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan’s captain, was run out for 8 after hitting the ball straight to cover and taking a risky run. The lower-order batsman stitched together some small partnerships and went hard at the ball. Babar was dismissed for a wonderful innings of 115 off 105 balls in the 46th over, but Pakistan scored 44 runs from that point despite losing two more wickets, ending the innings with a solid total of 305-7.
The bowlers were only able to pick up 4 wickets among them. Shehan Jayasuriya bowled economically without getting a wicket, recording figures of 0-48. Isuru Udana and Lahiru Kumara picked up a wicket each, but went for runs, going for 60 off 9 overs and 59 off 10 overs respectively. Wanindu Hasaranga was also expensive but picked up 2 wickets, recording figures of 2-63.
With a total in excess of 300 to chase, Sri Lanka got off to a decent start, but lost their first wicket very soon, with Sadeera Samawickrama departing for 6 after being bowled by a full delivery. This triggered a major collapse as Sri Lanka lost 4 more wickets for just 10 more runs, with all of their top and middle order players back in the sheds. At 28-5, the chase looked impossible. However, Dasun Shanaka and Shehan Jayasuriya recovered the innings, and after a slow start, they started to go aerial and played some solid shots along the ground as well, getting to their fifties in the process as well. The game was paused briefly in the 38th over due to problems with the floodlights, but the pair continued on for a brief period, putting together a mammoth 177-run partnership for the sixth wicket, with the game still in the balance.
It ended in the 41st over, however, with Jayasuriya edging to the wicket keeper for 96, 4 runs short of a hundred off 109 deliveries. In the very next over, Shanaka was dismissed as well for 68 off 80 deliveries, hitting the ball straight to deep midwicket. The tail collapsed, but Wanindu Hasaranga stuck it out and played with good intent for a brief period. His wicket was the last to fall in the 47th over, dismissed for 30, hitting the ball straight to midwicket as Sri Lanka were all out for 238.
Shadab Khan picked up 2 wickets, but was very expensive, going for 76 runs off 9.5 overs. Imad Wasim put up a decent display, recording figures of 1-38 off 7 overs. Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz bowled well, picking up a wicket each and only going for 21 off 7 overs and 27 off 9 overs respectively. The star of the innings, however, was Usman Shinwari, picking up his second five wicket haul in ODIs, recording excellent figures of 5-51 off 10 overs.
With one last ODI left, how will Sri Lanka respond? Will Pakistan win the series, or will a weak Sri Lankan side, without the likes of Dimuth Karunatarne and Angelo Mathews put up a defiant display to end the series level? Join us on The Sreenidhian on the 2nd of October to find out!
Leher Reddy Challuri DP1
Beuran Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin, and Quinton de Kock powered South Africa to victory by a mammoth 9 wickets, leveling the series 1-1 and sharing the PayTM India vs South Africa 2019 T20 Series trophy.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat to challenge themselves on a ground suited to chasing, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started with good intent, but the partnership did not last long as Sharma edged off for 9 in the 2nd over. Shikhar Dhawan then took on the spinners, but ultimately mistimed a shot straight up in the air, letting the midwicket fielder take the catch, departing for 36 in the 8th over. Soon after, Kohli went for a big shot off a good-length delivery, but was also caught, this time at deep midwicket for 9. Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer stabilised the innings for a brief period, but Pant was dismissed for 19, mistiming a ball up in the air, similar to Dhawan. Two more wickets fell in quick succession, with Shreyas Iyer being stumped for 5 and Krunal Pandya edging off for 4. At 98-6, India were in a troublesome situation.
Ravindra Jadeja started slowly, but played his shots soon after. Hardik Pandya also started finding his groove. The partnership did not last long, however, as Jadeja top-edged a delivery high in the air at 19, giving Kagiso Rabada a caught-and-bowled to his name in the 20th over. Washington Sundar hit one cheeky boundary over the keeper but was run out the very next ball. Pandya slogged the ball straight to cow corner for 14. The last pair ran a by to finish the innings at 134-9, a world record score for India to defend in T20s.
Tabraiz Shamsi and Bjorn Fortuin bowled well, recording figures of 1-23 off 4 overs and 2-19 off 3 overs respectively. Rabada ended up with 3 wickets, but went for 39 runs off his 4 overs, conceding most of those runs in the powerplay. The pick of the South African bowlers was Beuran Hendricks, recording great figures of 2-14 off 4 overs, picking up wickets and also being economical.
Quinton de Kock began the innings all guns blazing, hitting several boundaries to the on and off side. Reeza Hendricks quietly strolled along his way, hitting some boundaries occasionally. Virat Kohli reviewed a not out LBW decision against Hendricks, but the ball was sliding down the leg side. India appealed for an LBW against de Kock as well, and while he was adjudged not out on field, if India had their review, DRS would have adjudged him out. By the end of 10 overs, the pair was unscathed at 76-0. On the very first delivery of the 11th over, however, the partnership ended, with Hendricks top-edging a pull shot to midwicket.
Temba Bavuma kept rotating the strike and giving the strike to de Kock, who swung harder as South Africa got closer to the target, also getting to a magnificent fifty in the process and finishing the innings 79*. Bavuma finished the game with a pull shot that went for six, capping off the series.
Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, and Ravindra Jadeja recorded economical figures of 0-27 off 4 overs, 0-15 off 3 overs, and 0-8 off 2 overs. Hardik Pandya picked up the only wicket of the innings, but went for 23 runs off his 2 overs. Navdeep Saini and Krunal Pandya were also very expensive, going for 25 runs off 2 overs and 40 runs off 3.5 overs respectively. This bowling display was a far cry from India’s display in the previous game.
With the series drawn, we have a lot to look forward to from the test series. South Africa has been in turmoil ever since the retirement of AB de Villiers from tests, and they are still trying to figure out their ideal team. How will they fare against a strong Indian side? Join us on The Sreenidhian for daily coverage from the 2nd to the 6th of October for the first test between these cricketing giants!
Leher Reddy Challuri DP1
After a washout on the 15th of September in Dharamshala, India produced a splendid all-round performance, with Deepak Chahar and Virat Kohli playing especially well, giving them their first victory in the South Africa tour of India 2019 T20 series.
After winning the toss and choosing to bowl, India found themselves in a troublesome situation as Quinton De Kock, South Africa’s captain, took advantage of the power play field restrictions and hit boundaries one after the other. Reeza Hendricks, on the other hand, did not contribute much to the partnership, and departed in the 4th over for 5 mistiming a swing down the ground. Temba Bavuma, debuting for South Africa in T20s, also played with aggression and put up a 57-run partnership with De Cock, who got to his half-century not long after. Soon after, however, he top-edged a delivery, producing a sensational diving catch from Virat Kohli in the 12th over.
Rassie van der Dussen departed quickly for 1, looping the ball back to Ravindra Jadeja for an easy caught-and-bowled. With not long left in the innings, Bavuma and David Miller started to swing, until Bavuma was dismissed mistiming a delivery to mid-on for what in the end turned out to be a slow innings worth 49 runs off 43 deliveries. Miller was bowled in the 19th over, but Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius finished the innings with a flourish, hitting a six each and finishing the innings at 149-5. Despite that, however, South Africa only scored 27 runs off their last 4 overs and were never able to switch gears from the middle overs.
Washington Sundar was economical, giving away only 19 runs off his 3 overs. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja recorded good figures of 1-31 off 4 overs. Navdeep Saini was slightly expensive, recording figures of 1-34 off 4 overs. The star of the innings, however, was Deepak Chahar, recording excellent figures of 2-22 off his 4 overs, bowling well with the new ball and at the death.
For India, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started very aggressively, but Rohit was dismissed in the 4th over for 12, missing an inswinging delivery from Phehlukwayo that caught him LBW, with a review not helping his cause. Virat Kohli started with some easy-on-the-eye shots, but almost got Shikhar Dhawan run out in the 7th over. Dhawan then continued playing his shots, until in the 12th over, he hit a delivery flat and down the ground, leading to a superb one-handed diving catch from David Miller, being dismissed for 40.
Soon after, Rishabh Pant was also dismissed for 4, hitting a short ball down the leg side straight to short third man. Kohli was unphased by the situation, however, and got to his half-century soon, and continued scoring boundaries to remain 72* in the innings. After edging wide of the keeper early on, Shreyas Iyer settled in and hit the winning runs off the last ball of the 19th over as well.
Kagiso Rabada, South Africa’s star young bowler, found no success in the game, conceding 24 runs off his 3 overs. Anrich Nortje, the nation’s emerging pace talent, and the all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius were also quite expensive, going for 27 runs off their 3 overs. Bjorn Fourtin, on debut in T20s for South Africa, bowled well, recording figures of 1-32. Andile Phehlukwayo and Tabraiz Shamsi were the best bowlers of the innings, recording figures of 1-20 and 1-19 respectively off 3 overs.
India were cutting edge in all departments and the game never really seemed to go South Africa’s way. With one more game left in the series, how will South Africa respond? Will they come back strong to draw the series or let India take the crown? Join us on The Sreenidhian on the 22nd of September to find out more!