India lose second T20I to South Africa by five wickets

Reeza Hendricks played a crucial innings, scoring 49 runs, while Tristan Stubbs remained unbeaten on 14, as South Africa beat India by five wickets in the second T20I match at St George’s Park in Gqeberha. Meanwhile, Gerald Coetzee claimed three wickets for the Proteas.

With this win, South Africa now lead the series 1-0 after the first T20I match was washed out. Skipper Aiden Markram scored a solid 30 runs off 17 balls. India’s Mukesh Kumar took 2/34.

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Due to rain, South Africa had to chase a revised target of 152 runs in 15 overs. Reeza Hendricks began the pursuit strongly, striking three boundaries against Mohammed Siraj. In the second over, Hendricks and Matthew Breetzke amassed 24 runs, hitting two boundaries and two maximums. However, a mix-up led to Breetzke’s dismissal, terminating their 42-run partnership. Subsequently, Captain Aiden Markram partnered with Hendricks, and they maintained a solid run rate. However, Mukesh Kumar dismissed Markram for 30 runs, concluding their partnership.

Following Markram’s departure, Heinrich Klaasen came to bat, but Hendricks fell just one run short of his half-century. Siraj then claimed Klaasen’s wicket for 7 runs. India staged a recovery when Mukesh Kumar dismissed David Miller for 17 runs in the 13th over. Nevertheless, Tristan Stubbs and Andile Phehlukwayo guided South Africa to victory, scoring a four and a six in the 13.5 overs.

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Earlier, Suryakumar Yadav scored 56 runs, and Rinku Singh contributed 68 runs for India, leading them to a total of 180/7. The second T20I was interrupted by rain, reducing each side’s overs to 15. Gerald Coetzee of South Africa claimed three wickets. Due to the rain, South Africa had to pursue 152 runs to win the second T20I following the DLS method.

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