IND beat SA in 1st T20I


India beat South Africa in the first T20I held in Thiruvananthapuram. The Proteas were stunned as India restricted them to 106/8.


India managed to take five wickets in the PP overs (1-6). For the fifth time in the format, India have etched this feat.


Chahar took two wickets for just 24 runs from his four overs. He now has 28 scalps from 22 games at an average of 22.53.


Arshdeep Singh (3/32) was sensational in his first three overs. He has raced to 17 scalps at 18.47. He has equaled the mark of Zaheer Khan (17 scalps) for India.


South Africa have recorded their second-lowest total versus India. Their lowest score is 87/10 in Rajkot in June 2022. For the third time, SA have scored less than 120 runs against India.


KL Rahul and Surya added 93 runs to help India win the game. Rahul remained unbeaten on 51 from 56 balls. Surya smashed a 33-ball 50*. He registered his eighth fifty in T20Is.


Suryakumar Yadav became the first batter in T20Is this year to smash 700-plus runs (732) at 40.66. He is also the first Indian to score 700-plus runs in a calendar year.