India vs South Africa, 1st T20I: Arshdeep Singh shows signs of being one of the better investments for Indian cricket

It is not often that a side, any side at any level, being sent rocking so decisively by Indian fast bowlers. South Africa, playing the first of their three T20 Internationals at Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday were out of the game before India had bowled three overs.

Deepak Chahar, into the side after Bhuvneshwar Kumar was packed off the National Cricket Academy after the Australia series, made the most of the occasion.

But the bowler who really set the cat among the pigeons was Arshdeep Singh. The left-armer was gifted by an early wicket by Quinton de Kock but a minor adjustment of the radar and the seamer was nearly unplayable in the first three overs he bowled.

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Finishing his first spell at 3/15, Arshdeep had once more put his hand up as a suitable member for the Indian seam-up attack, not just in the current series but also in the upcoming T20 World Cup and long beyond that.

The youngster is still in his learning days but already he has made his mark and as days go, it looks like he is learning fast and could well be indispensable in the side in next to no time.

All the permutation and combination has been with the World Cup in mind, Arshdeep is already in the 15 for the tournament, so there is no anxiety for youngster about his place.

That is something that has been plaguing many of the other fast bowlers. We just saw how the cricket board said that Mohammad Shami was still not fit enough for the South Africa series but the seamer put up his negative Covid test soon after.

Similarly, even Chahar is not really in the fray, in the sense that Bhuvneshwar is the first choice for the right-arm swing bowler in the side.

WATCH: Suryakumar hits a mammoth six off Anrich Nortje, lits up the night sky

The only other bowler of this lot who has been in the side is Harshal Patel, which is a little surprising. It is not like he has set the cricket pitch on fire with his display against Australia but somehow, he seems to be in the fray all the while and is also in the World Cup squad.

Man for man, under the current circumstances, Arshdeep for sure looks better than Patel. For one, the left-armer bring variety and more importantly, he has shown tremendous poise and quite a bit of control in the death overs.

As was seen during the World Cup, Arshdeep, young in years, was under tremendous pressure to defend seven runs in the last over in two consecutive matches. While he didn’t manage to do so, neither over was a cakewalk for the batters. He showed enough gumption and calmness to offer them some posers, even in these restricted circumstances.

Thereafter, the bowler was sent to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) presumably to iron out some glitches and come back into the fray with better ideas.

If that is what it was all about, Arshdeep surely has learned his lessons, and fast.

The first wicket in Thiruvananthapuram was a little bit of a gift with De Kock dragging one onto his stumps from a long way off but the other two were pure jewels for a swing bowler.

An outswinger, as perfect as it can get, saw Rilee Rossouw fish at one to be comfortable held behind the stumps and then the next delivery, curved wickedly back into left-hander David Miller, making a mockery of his defence and a mess of his stumps.

Arshdeep was on a hat-trick. While that didn’t really happen, the young man had done enough damage, with Chahar chipping in at the other end, to ensure that it was smooth sailing for India when they batted, even though they lost Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli cheaply,

To be fair, Patel did a decent job and eventually, with Arshdeep being a little expensive in his last over, ended up with better figures than the latter at the end of the match.

But Patel’s role is a little mystifying. He is not a new-ball exponent, a job that was given to Bhuvneshwar when Jasprit Bumrah was out of action. Also, Arshdeep has done both jobs – opening the bowling and also sending down the death overs. Both jobs, as we saw on Wednesday, he is doing with quite a bit of skill.

The young left-armer is definitely one to invest in, as India now seek to see new faces take from the older lot in all formats.

Things will also change after the World Cup, as they have done in the past after every big event, so Arshdeep Singh could be in the frontline of all things earlier than we all had imagined.

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Mohammad Rizwan piles up more runs amid Pakistan flag controversy

Mohammad Rizwan didn’t have the best of time leading to Pakistan vs England fifth T20I but the wicketkeeper-batter didn’t let it reflect on his form as the batter scored his fourth half-century in five games in Lahore on Wednesday.

Rizwan faced backlash in his homeland leading to the game as a viral video (watch below) of the cricketer purportedly showing him raising Pakistan’s flag using his feet didn’t sit well with many fans on social media.

As per reports, the incident happened after the fourth T20I when the 30-year-old batter starred with an 88-run innings in a win. Rizwan, in fact, has been the team’s MVP with 252 runs in four games at an average of 84.

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In the fifth ODI, and expectedly under pressure, Rizwan shone again for the side with a 46-ball 63, which was also the top score of the innings as Pakistan were all out for 145 in 19 overs at the Gaddafi Stadium. His innings proved crucial as the home team eventually won the game against England, who only managed 140/7 in 20 overs.

With another match-winning knock, Rizwan has been holding the Pakistan innings together as he is also the bi-lateral tournament’s top scorer with 315 runs. His score sequence against England has been 63, 88 (51), 8 (14), and 68 (46) and only reflects further why a Pakistan side can’t be imagined at the upcoming T20 World Cup with rest of the batters blowing hot and cold.

His opening partner and the team’s captain Babar Azam has been the next impactful batter in the team with a century (110*) in the second ODI, which Pakistan won by 10 wickets. The duo has been the most successful opening partners in T20 history by scoring more than 2000 runs together in a stand.

However, Azam, individually, hasn’t been near the purple patch Rizwan is enjoying ahead of the big-ticket event. Apart from his century, Azam has scored 31, 8, and 36, in the remaining games, which is a decent return but is dwarfed by the scoring form of Rizwan.

The remaining Pak batting order has been somewhat non-existential as the third batter on the list is Shan Masood with an aggregate of just 101 runs in five games.

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Suresh Raina takes a blinder during IND-L vs AUS-L match; watch video


Suresh Raina took a stunning catch during Road Safety World Series T20 2022. (Screengrab from video)

Former India player Suresh Raina showed great athleticism on the field during the semi-final match of Road Safety World Series T20 match between India Legends and Australia Legends as he took a stunning catch to dismiss Ben Dunk at the end of the 16th over in Raipur.

Dunk cut a length ball from Abhimanyu Mithun in the air and Raina dived to his left and grabbed a stunner.

India Legends had put Australia Legends into bat and Shane Watson and Alex Doolan provided the side with a brilliant start as the two put 60 runs on the board for the first wicket. The Shane Watson-led side lost wickets at regular intervals but kept scoring runs at a decent pace and they were 136/5 in 17 overs when the match was halted due to rain and eventually was called off for the day.

The game has now been rescheduled for Thursday and will be continued from the same point at 3:30pm (IST). Mithun had picked two wickets for 15 runs in three overs for India Legends.

The second semi-final will be played between Sri Lanka Legends and West Indies Legends on Thursday evening while the final will be held on Saturday.

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India vs South Africa: ‘Dominating performance’, Twitterati react to Men in Blue clinching first T20I by eight wickets

Here’s how Twitterati reacted to India beating South Africa by eight wickets in the first T20I.


FirstCricket Staff

September 28th, 2022

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India’s Suryakumar Yadav, second right in blue, and KL Rahul greet South African players after winning their first Twenty20 cricket match in Thiruvananthapuram, India, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Arshdeep Singh’s three-wicket haul followed by Suryakumar Yadav’s 50* and KL Rahul’s unbeaten knock of 51 helped India defeat South Africa by eight wickets in the first match of the three-match T20I series here at Greenfield International Stadium on Wednesday.

For India Suryakumar played a knock of unbeaten 50 while KL Rahul smashed 51 not out. For South Africa, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje bagged one wicket each.

Chasing a target of 107, India got off to a bad start as they lost their opening batter Rohit Sharma on two ball duck in Kagiso Rabada’s over.

Skipper wicket invited right-handed batter Virat Kohli to the crease. However, the stylish batter could not do much and went back to the pavilion after scoring just three runs in the over of Anrich Nortje.

New batter Suryakumar Yadav hammered Nortje for back-to-back two sixes in the 7th over innings. After 10 over India’s score read 47/2. Suryakumar along with KL Rahul played a sensible knock while gathering boundaries at regular intervals.

India needed six runs in 24 balls, and Suryakumar brought up his half-century in 33 deliveries. With a help of a six on the fourth delivery of the 17th over KL Rahul also brought up his fifty and took his side home with an eight wickets victory over Proteas.

Here’s how Twitterati reacted to India’s victory:

With inputs from ANI

Updated Date: September 28, 2022 23:35:39 IST

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India vs South Africa, 1st T20I: All-round show helps Men in Blue take 1-0 lead in the series

Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar hit the South Africans hard with some magical swing bowling before Suryakumar Yadav’s little gem on a difficult track ensured an easy eight-wicket victory for India in the first T20 International

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September 28, 2022 23:23:44 IST

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India clinched a win by 8 wickets in the first match of the T20I series against South Africa and took a 1-0 lead. Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul remained unbeaten and took the side home. AP

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Chasing a target of 107, India had lost Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli early in the innings. AP

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But KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav steadied the ship for the side and eventually won the game for India. AP

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KL Rahul scored 51* off 56 during the chase. AP

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Suryakumar Yadav on the other side, remained unbeaten at 50 off 33 deliveries. AP

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Earlier, the Indian seamers Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar had rattled the South African batting unit and reduced them to 9/5 within the first three overs. Arshdeep eventually picked up three wickets. AP

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It was Keshav Maharaj’s 41 off 35 in the end that helped South Africa put up 106/8 in 20 overs. AP

Rohit Sharma acknowledges challenging conditions, says ‘When you play a game like that you learn a lot’

India skipper Rohit Sharma addressed the sticky wicket and challenging conditions after winning the first T20I against South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram on 28 September, Wednesday.

India were asked to chase a target of 107 in 20 overs which would seem a walk in the park, on paper, but the pitch was as green as it could be and challenged the batters from both sides.

India lost Rohit and Virat Kohli early in the innings, but KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav built up a steady partnership to ensure no further drama. But nevertheless, both the teams were in the contest as South Africa bowled with three slips in the power play.

“When you play a game like that you learn a lot. It was nice to play a game like that. We knew there will be something for the bowlers, but not through the 20 overs we bowled. It was sticky, there was still dampness, and it stayed throughout. There was no sun so it makes it difficult to hit. Both teams were in the contest,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation.

Watch: Suryakumar hits a mammoth six off Anrich Nortje, lits up the night sky

Earlier, Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar wreaked havoc as the Proteas were reduced to 9/5 inside powerplay before the lower middle order fought back to cross the 100-run mark.

“We got wickets upfront, and that was the turning point. No matter what the conditions, you still have to execute your plans. When you swing the ball like that any batter will struggle. 107, we knew it was not going to be that easy. We got to respect the conditions at times, understand what shots can be played,” Rohit added.

Rohit also said that the 93-run partnership between Suryakumar and Rahul was crucial after they lost two early wickets.

Bavuma says the batting unit failed to apply themselves

The Proteas were left scattered at 9/5 in three overs as Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar got the ball to swing square.

Skipper Temba Bavuma said that the batting unit failed to apply themselves. “As a batting unit, we failed to apply ourselves. We weren’t able to adjust our plans.”

Bavuma also praised Rahul’s steady knock that was less than run-a-ball but ensured that no further wickets are lost. And added that the pitch wasn’t expected to be as spicy as it was.

“We saw what Rahul was able to do. [Surface] We didn’t expect that, we practiced here two days, ago. We saw the wicket was spicy, but we didn’t expect it like that. You expected to hit through the line coming to India.”

Watch: Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar run through South African top-order

Wayne Parnell (24 off 37) and Keshav Maharaj (41 off 35) ensured that the visitors were not bundled out for something below 100. Bavuma praised the effort of the lower order.

“To be defending that type of score, you always hope for a miracle. The bating we need to work, and give the bowlers something to defend. Guys like Parni [Parnell], and Keshav, they showed good fight. The fight was on, but at the end of the day, there weren’t too many runs,” Bavuma concluded.

The two teams will play next T20I on Sunday, in Guwahati.

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India vs South Africa, 1st T20I: It was unbelievable for Suryakumar Yadav to come and play those shots, says KL Rahul

India took a 1-0 lead in the series against South Africa after a win by 8 wickets in the first match


Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul took India over the line in the first T20I. AP

India went 1-0 up in the series after beating South Africa by 8 wickets in the first T20I in Thiruvananthapuram. Chasing a small target of 107, the home side lost Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli early in the chase but KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav steadied the ship for the team and eventually took them home.

While KL struggled a bit in the early stage of the innings, SKY was on song right from the word go as the two batters notched up individual fifties.

KL who chipped in with an unbeaten stand of 93 runs for the second wicket with SKY lauded the latter for his knock. Surykumar Yadav struck 50* off 33.

“Definitely, right up there (as the toughest pitch). We have played in some difficult conditions like this but I haven’t got runs, so this was hard work. It was unbelievable for Surya to come out there and play those shots, we have seen how balls were flying, nipping around, two-paced and everything that can be hard for a batter that was the wicket today, and for Surya to come with that approach after the first ball that hit him, he just woke up and wanted to play his shots, be aggressive and take on the bowling. That helped me take my time and play one end. (Expect that much help) Not that much. We did practice here yesterday and that was a humbling experience as well, we all came in prepared mentally as it was not going to be an easy wicket and I was ready to do the dirty work, ready to be challenged and get the job done for the team,” KL said after the match.

Earlier, the Indian seamers and especially Deepak Chahar and Arshdeep Singh rattled the South African batting line up as the side was reduced to 9/5 in the less than three overs and was eventually restricted to 106/8 in 20 overs. Rahul lavished praise on Arshdeep for his contribution.

“He’s (Arshdeep) growing with each game and with each outing he gets better, he is somebody who has a big heart and I have seen him in close quarters while playing in the IPL. This season what he did for his franchise was phenomenal and to be the number one death bowler in a team which has Rabada speaks highly of him. We always want a left-arm seamer and it is great to have someone like Arshdeep,” he added.

The two sides will now lock horns with each other in the second clash in Guwahati on Sunday.

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Pakistan vs England 5th T20I, LIVE Score and Update: England start their chase slowly, 42/3 after powerplay

Toss England have chose to field first

Preview: The Karachi leg is done and dusted. And interestingly, both the teams are evenly poised at 2-2 with three more games to be played in Lahore.

In a rare seven-match T20I series, we have already witnessed multiple scenarios in the first four games. While a few games have been utterly one-sided, the last one went down to the wire in true sense with the heartbeats of fans increasing on each and every delivery.

Jos Buttler, who was earlier expected to feature in the Lahore leg of the series will still be sidelined as his recovery is taking time. Phil Salt will continue in his absence.

For Pakistan, Naseem Shah’s absence can prove to be a big blow. The ace pacer felt unwell right after landing in Lahore and is down with viral fever.

Pakistan’s middle order has still failed to fire and the tension in that sense might be high amongst the management despite them winning the games. The top order has largely contributed to their runs with Mohammad Rizwan scoring as consistently as any batter can. Shan Masood has also shown a glimpse of what he can do, but he will still be tested.

The pitch at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore is again expected to favour the batters. The last match at the venue, between Australia and Pakistan in April, showed that 160 can be chased without much hesitation.

However, things might be different with almost six months to that match.

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India vs South Africa: Suryakumar hits a mammoth six off Anrich Nortje, lits up the night sky; Watch

Suryakumar continued his scintillating form and also hit a half-century as India chased down the 107-target with eight wickets to spare.


Suryakumar scored 50 off 33 balls in the first T20I against SA. AP

India batter Suryakumar Yadav hit a brilliant six off Anrich Nortje against the run of play in the seventh over of the innings on Wednesday to cheer the crowds after a nervy start.

India lost Rohit Sharma (0) in the third over and Virat Kohli (3) in the seventh over and were under some pressure chasing the target of 107 in the first T20I against South Africa.

Suryakumar Yadav, however, straight away was in action with back-to-back sixes of Anrich Nortje who was bowling around 143 kmph.

On the second delivery Suryakumar faced, he top edged the delivery trying to flick on the leg side. The ball flew over third man for a six with sheer pace of the bowler.

Suryakumar was able to have a better control on the next delivery and flicked a full length delivery over the backward square leg for a mammoth six. The ball hit right on the middle of the bat and was submerged into the crowd.

Watch the video here:

Suryakumar continued his scintillating form and also hit a half-century as India chased down the 107-target in 17th over.

Suryakumar scored 50 off 33 balls with three 6s and five 4s. KL Rahul who struggled initially, but didn’t lose his wicket, ended with 51 off 56 deliveries hitting four maximums and two boundaries.

India won the first T20I by eight wickets. The two teams will lock horns again on 2 October, Sunday.

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IND vs SA 1st T20 HIGHLIGHTS: India win by 8 wickets, take 1-0 lead vs South Africa

India vs South Africa, LIVE Score

Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of first T20I

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Jasprit Bumrah complained of back pain during India’s practice session on Tuesday. The BCCI Medical Team assessed him. He is ruled out of the first #INDvSA T20I.#TeamIndia

— BCCI (@BCCI)

September 28, 2022

Playing XI

India: Rohit Sharma(Captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Arshdeep Singh

South Africa: Temba Bavuma(Captain),Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

India vs South Africa, LIVE Score

Rohit Sharma wins the toss and India will field first in the first T20I against South Africa. Rohit Sharma confirms Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal miss out on the game. Deepak Chahar and R Ashwin return.

India vs South Africa, LIVE Score

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the first T20I between India and South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram. This is a chance for both teams to finalise their preparations ahead of the T20 World Cup in October.