Miller, Markram Lead Proteas To A Tense Win In Tricky Run Chase vs India


Perth: South African batters–David Miller hit an unbeaten 59 and Aiden Markram scored 52, which led Proteas to surpass Men in Blue’s total and defeated the latter by 5 wickets in Perth on Sunday.

The Proteas were reduced to 24 for 3 in their chase of 134 runs in the game but a 76-run stand between Aiden Markram and David Miller helped them recover.

Aiden Markram fell soon after his fifty but David Miller stayed there till the end to finish the game.

Suryakumar Yadav smashed a fine half-century, making more than half of the team’s runs, to help India recover from 49/5 after a strong new ball performance from South Africa’s quick.

India got off to a rocky start after opting to bat first with the South Africa quicks enjoying the pace and bounce in Perth.

While Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul pummelled a six apiece early on, Ngidi sent back Rohit with a short ball that hurried up the Indian skipper and found the top edge off the pull.

Rahul fell soon after, edging Ngidi to the slip cordon in the same over to depart for nine. Virat Kohli got into groove with a fine drive followed by a flick, both racing away for boundaries, but he fell on the pull too, top edging Lungi Ngidi to Rabada in the deep.

Deepak Hooda, who had come in for Axar Patel, fell to Anrich Nortje and India found themselves in a similar situation to that against Pakistan – at 42/4 in the 8th over. Hardik Pandya followed in the next over as they lost half the side with just 49 runs on the board.

Suryakumar Yadav led the recovery, establishing his authority over the bowlers in typical fashion. Even as the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Ravichandran Ashwin too time to settle down, Yadav continued at frenetic pace, leading India’s recovery and getting their total up to respectable levels.

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