IND vs SA, 4th T20I: Dinesh Karthik, Avesh Khan Shine As India Thrash South Africa To Stage 2-2 -by Ecork

Dinesh Karthik made a hit to remember before Avesh Khan gave his father a “perfect birthday present” with a scathing speech as India rounded South Africa by 82 working here on Friday to stage a five-part series. 2. Karthik (55 off 27) scored his 50th virginity off 16 ar after his T20 debut and alongside vice-captain Hardik Pandya (46 off 31) led India to a 169 fight for six. For the second game in a row, South African batters falter and fell to 87 for nine in 16.5 overs with retired skipper Temba Bavuma.

Avesh (4/18) directed India’s brilliant show with football and recorded some of the best performance figures in the process. It is the smallest group in the T20 Internationals in India.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Avesh were impressive with new football as South Africa slipped to 35 for two in the power play. After an attack on the shoulder, Temba Bavuma (8) injured his left elbow with a sprain on the run and he had to leave the field. Not even out for the post-production event.

Quinton de Kock (14), who missed the last two games due to a hand injury, ended up receiving a ‘yes and no’ from Dwaine Pretorious at the other end. The shot was tricky to hit even in the second innings with an unstoppable free kick and a sharp rise from a good ride, making the offensive game difficult.

South Africa could not enter the fray with wickets falling all the time. The sequel will be played in Bengaluru on Sunday.

Previously, the Indians struggled 81 for four before the 65-run standoff between Hardik and Karthik brought the home side back into the game. India has been able to collect 73 matches in the last five times.

After winning their fourth match in several matches, South Africa put the Indians back in the power play despite the absence of their senior player Kagiso Rabada due to an injury.

Another Pacer, who missed due to an injury was Wayne Parnell while star player Quinton de Kock made a welcome return despite Reeza Hendricks.

The first ball behind the power play made matters worse for India as the troops struggled to 40 for three in 6.1 overs.

Ishan Kishan, who played some good strokes towards his 27th off 26, was removed on the very ball of Anrich Nortje’s opening spell.

Southpaw tried to direct a short ball to the third man but he found himself in an awkward position above his ear and reached Kock.

The top three Indians find no comfort against high quality speed in the series and it is evident here again.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, who had seen form in the previous game, was the first to go after an extra bounce from Lungi Ngidi that pulled the edge.

Iyer, who has been plagued by short football in this series, missed a good long ball from Marco Jansen who moved in the middle and came back a little.

The Proteas had to review a DRS for LBW to send Iyer back into the hut, giving Jansen his first wicket at the start of his T20.

Forced, skipper Rishabh Pant and Hardik, for advanced innings with a 41-run stop.

The Indian batter faced South Africa’s weakest link, the undefeated, throughout the series and that trend continued on Friday.

Hardik hammered Tabraiz Shamsi for consecutive sixes while a struggling Rishabh Pant was trying to find his range at the other end.

However, the Indian skipper once again went for a big against football throughout and it led to his downfall. In this incident, the Maharaj had a wide range of skills and Pant only took the bait to cut it back into a short third man.

It was the fourth time in the Pant series he lost to a ball throughout the stump.

There was a change of pace by Hardik and Karthik who made their way to an unforgettable hit.

After making the T20 debut back in February 2006 when India played their daughter in the shortest way, the comeback finally ended its first half century.


Standing deep in the distance, Karthik relied on the collection – trending towards square-feet, squats on a cow’s corner and turning over ‘45’ both to squirrels and pacers, to get the most out of its boundaries.

The most striking feature of his innings was the slog from the Dwaine Pretorius pager worn on a deep square foot.

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