South Africa beat India by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match T20I series. David Miller and Rassive van der Dussen showed great composure and helped the Proteas to reach a mammoth target of 212-runs with five balls in the pocket. Dussen and Miller played blistering unbeaten knocks of 75 and 64 respectively to pull off a comfortable victory in a high-scoring thriller.
After being invited to bat first, Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad gave India a bright start by scoring 57-runs in the powerplay overs. But in the seventh over, Wayne Parnell dismissed Gaikwad who batted well for his 23. However, Ishan continued to dominate the proceedings by hitting frequent boundaries. Ishan alongside Shreyas Iyer added 80-runs for the second wicket before Keshav Maharaj bagged Ishan for 76.
Iyer departed for 36-runs while Indian captain Rishabh Pant chipped in with a cameo of 29-runs. Hardik Pandya smashed an unbeaten 31 off just 12-balls. He accelerated the scoring by hitting two fours and three sixes towards the end. India ended up with a massive total of 211/4, the highest total against the Proteas in T20I.
In response, the Proteas had a shaky start as their skipper Temba Bavuma departed early for just 10. Dwaine Pretorius who in at no.3 batted aggressively and powered his side to 61-runs in 5 overs. But India bounced back by dismissing Pretorius (29) and Quinton de Kock (22) in quick succession.
But Miller and Dussen played anchoring innings to take the Proteas home. Both added 131-runs for the fourth wicket as Indian bowlers had no answers for their power-hitting.