The Indian cricket team tasted its first defeat yesterday in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 which is being played in Australia. India played its third match against South Africa yesterday at Optus Stadium, Perth, and it won’t be wrong to say that the Indian batters failed miserably against the pace bowlers of South Africa.
The toss was won by Indian skipper Rohit Sharma and he chose to bat first, the decision turned out to be a mistake as Hitman was the first one to get dismissed on the score of 15 in 14 balls (1 four & 1 six). Rohit’s opening partner KL Rahul (9 runs, 14 balls, 1 six) followed him soon but what hurt the Indian cricket fans was the dismissal of in-form batter Virat Kohli who scored only 12 runs for which he played 11 balls and his innings included 2 fours. Wickets kept on falling on a regular basis as Deepak Hooda got out for duck, Hardik Pandya got dismissed for just 2 runs, Dinesh Karthik scored only 6 runs before getting out and Ravichandran Ashwin also got dismissed soon on the score of 7 but it was Suryakumar Yadav who stood firmly against the South African pace bowling attack.
SKY played a gutsy knock of 68 runs (40 balls, 6 fours & 3 sixes) and helped his team in posting a respectable total of 133/9 on the score board in 20 overs. If we talk about SA bowlers, Lungi Ngidi was the most lethal as he took 4 wickets in his 4 overs and Wayne Parnell also bowled brilliantly to take 3 wickets in his 4 overs.
Indian pacers also started well and dismissed three top order South African batters quite early and when SA was reeling at the score of 24/3, Aiden Markram (52 runs, 41 balls, 6 fours & 1 six) and David Miller (59* runs, 46 balls, 4 fours & 3 sixes) took control of the situation, they not only stood like rocks between the stumps and Indian bowlers but also kept the score board ticking at a good speed. SA achieved the target with 5 wickets in hand and 2 balls remaining in its innings and with this, South Africa attained the top spot in its group.
Indian fans were left quite disappointed with Indian batters and there is no denying the fact that Indian fielding was also not as per the expectations. However, surprisingly Pakistani cricket fans were also very unhappy after India got defeated because it would make it more difficult for the Pakistani cricket team to reach the semi-finals.
Soon social media was flooded with tweets on India’s defeat, while some slammed the Indian cricketers, many praised SKY for his heroic effort and few had fun at the expense of Pakistani cricket fans. Check out some selected reactions:
Well Done South Africa. India fought well till the end but 133 wasn’t enough
Similar to the 50 over 2011 World Cup , India lose to South Africain group stage. Hopefully will win all from here. #INDvsSA
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 30, 2022
Virat Kohli Drops a Catch Rohit Sharma Misses an Run-Out
— Pulkit🇮🇳❤️ (@pulkit5Dx) October 30, 2022
— RVCJ Sports (@RVCJ_Sports) October 30, 2022
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) October 30, 2022
Shikhar Dhawan to BCCI 👇
— Rajkumar 🇮🇳 (@ParthShukla0198) October 30, 2022
— Shivam Insa (@ShivamI59761087) October 30, 2022
— L E E ⑩ (@trolee_) October 30, 2022
— Amrit Kumar (@amrit_hbk) October 30, 2022
— Aman_Chain 😷 Mask Man (@Amanprabhat9) October 30, 2022
— Arun (@ArunTuThikHoGya) October 30, 2022
— Vicky🔥 (@vivek_singhh001) October 30, 2022
— Cric kid (@ritvik5_) October 30, 2022
— Shaurya Rai (@shaurya_24R) October 30, 2022
— Yogi Says (@imyogi_26) October 30, 2022
— فرحان بھٹہ🌠❤ (@MFarhanAmjad1) October 30, 2022
— Vivek 🚩 (@myvivekjadhao07) October 30, 2022
— Hitesh 🇮🇳. (@Hitesh_74) October 30, 2022
— Prof. Boies 2.0 🇿🇦 (@im_Boies45) October 30, 2022
— Rajabets India🇮🇳👑 (@smileandraja) October 30, 2022
— @ (@tapali__mazhar) October 30, 2022
The Indian team will face Bangladesh next on November 2 at Adelaide Oval and it will play its last Super 12 match against Zimbabwe on November 6 at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
All the best team India!