India vs SA, T20 World Cup 2022

Going into this World Cup there was a bit of skepticism around Suryakumar Yadav. Yes, he’d played quite a few incredible innings, both in the IPL and T20Is, but the doubt – from experts better equipped to look at technique and so on – was how he would handle the bouncy conditions in Australia, where he never played before. A bit of a joke: He even did a nice interview with ESPNcricinfo leading up to the tournament, an event that some fans believe has magical jinxing powers. Three games in, that skepticism should disappear. At Sydney, Suryakumar made fun of the need for a batter set in the last 10 overs, which were much more productive than the front 10 in this World Cup. In Perth he played a very special knock on probably the fastest and most resilient course he would have played on. It was definitely the fastest and most bouncy of this World Cup, with the first slip almost to the edge of the 30-yard ring as South Africa bowled. Suryakumar’s innings came against a quick four-man attack. From a precarious situation. As a result, he finished top of our Impact ratings with 128.55 points, well behind Player of the Match Lungi Ngidi, who scored 105.82.

In a match where the number of points was 6.75 per left, Suryakumar went to over 10. Her scored more than half of India’s points in exactly a third of the balls. No one on either side scored more. No one scored faster. He picked up the pace and bounce of his friend, jumped inside the line and helped square balls behind. His best shot was perhaps the flat-bat hit back over the head of Kagiso Rabada for four. Maybe not quite the level of Virat Kohli vs Haris Rauf, but this was still a shot to marvel at: from the back foot, against a real fast bowler on the most bouncy lane of the tournament, and back down for four .

Most importantly, Suryakumar makes his way. A more traditional approach during a crisis in this tournament has been for batters to suck up balls, “set” themselves, and then try to make it up in the end. It puts a lot of pressure on you and the batters to follow. Suryakumar was more Marcus Stoinis than Virat Kohli.

Suryakumar went over on just the fourth ball he saw, one after Deepak Hooda’s wicket left India 42 for 4 in the eighth. It would soon be 49 for 5 in the ninth, but Suryakumar hit Anrich Nortje for a six in the next over. It wasn’t like he wasn’t clinical: he targeted Keshav Maharaj and took 25 of 12 balls from him. Overall, though, he played a percentage game in T20: Score yourself quickly or give others the chance to do so.

South Africa might feel like they were looking for a bit of wickets against Suryakumar: their fast bowlers threw 12 short or short balls at him, against 13 at a length or fuller. The others got 38 on the short side and 33 on a length or fuller. If one of the top five had reached the bottom of the innings with him, India might have been in a better situation to take advantage of the spinners’ overs. It just didn’t happen because if you don’t have a target in front of you, you have to take more risks, which doesn’t pay off for India’s batters.

Unlike Suryakumar, Aiden Markram and David Miller could afford to play through the rough patch and then really go after R Ashwin, knowing their target wasn’t big. In the end, South Africa scored eight runs more than India, which was roughly the difference between the two teams.

India are still favorites to come out of this group as their next two games are against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, and at least the weather in Adelaide and Melbourne, the venues for these games on Wednesday and Sunday, is looking good at the moment. . They need three points from these two matches to secure qualification, so this defeat doesn’t hurt their chances as much as South Africa would have had they lost. In the process, India has found that they can run South Africa close by in conditions that favor South Africa. And that at #4 they have a great all-conditions T20 in the works.

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