Ind vs SA: At the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati, the second Twenty20 International Ind vs SA featured some outstanding batting efforts. India got off to a terrific start thanks to KL Rahul’s 28-ball 57 and Rohit Sharma’s more measured 43. When India reached 237/8, Suryakumar Yadav went on a rampage, scoring 61 off 22 while Virat Kohli struck an unbeaten 49 off 28. David Miller played a game-changing inning, nearly single-handedly leading the visitors to a remarkable victory with his 47-ball 106* even though South Africa ultimately lost.
There were several candidates for the “Player of the Match” honour, but the judges chose India starter, Rahul.
However, the vice-captain of India was quick to acknowledge that had played a more significant knock and that he had been surprised to receive the accolade.
“I must admit that I’m startled to receive this. I believe Surya had a greater effect on the game and transformed it because of the way he batted “Upon receiving the prize at the post-match presentation ceremony, Rahul spoke with presenter Harsha Bhogle.
Rahul laughed as Bhogle continued by claiming that a “senior opening batsman” in the commentary box had stated that opening is the most challenging position to play.
In ODIs, he added, “We opening batsmen always think that our job is tougher, but after batting a few innings in the middle order, I have realised it is difficult as well, and like I stated Surya had a bigger influence.
He also praised Dinesh Karthik and Kohli, who entered the fray in the penultimate over and smashed 17 off 7 to lead India to a victorious finish.
“Virat’s batting technique as well. And not simple for someone like Dinesh, who doesn’t get many balls; just to enter the field and perform as predicted was an outstanding batting performance.”