On Wednesday, India easily defeated South Africa by eight wickets in the first T20 International as Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar pounded the South Africans with some magnificent swing bowling.
Before Suryakumar (50 not out in 33 balls) relieved the pressure put upon by KL Rahul (51 not out, 56 balls), India’s target of 107 on a pitch with underlying moisture and more than waist high bounce at times was a struggle. India won the game in 16.4 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Both teams hitters struggled to adjust to the pace and movement of the pitch, which former India head coach Ravi Shastri described as “not perfect for T20 cricket. “