Hardik Pandya hails Dinesh Karthik after Rajkot heroics

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IND vs SA 2022, 4th T20I – India has made a dramatic turn in the five-game run. After being reduced to 0-2, India fought back to level the series at 2-2. Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, and Avesh Khan were India’s three winning stars in Rajkot. The winner of Sunday’s Bengaluru T20 will win the series.

India vs South Africa 4th T20I – Match Result

Veteran Indian batsman Dinesh Karthik smashed the top 50 of Twenty20 internationals to seal South Africa’s massive 82-run win at Rajkot on Friday and send the five-game streak to a decider.

Karthik, 37, who made the team’s first T20 international against the same opponents in 2006, smashed 55 of 27 deliveries to ignite fireworks late as India went 169-6 in their 20 overs.

South Africa, who won the first two games of the series, got off to a terrible start in their pursuit when captain and opener Temba Bavuma retired injured after being hit to the hand and body.

Batter Quinton de Kock, returning from injury in the last two games, left the team soon after when exhausted, leaving South Africa on a mountain too steep to climb.

The tour crew managed to get just 87 for nine in 16.5 overs, with Bavuma not returning to the fight.

The teams then travel to Bengaluru for the crucial fifth T20 on Sunday.

Fast bowler Avesh Khan of India was most successful with the ball in front of the hosts, taking full advantage of the field’s impact to go 4-18.

South Africa’s fast bowling attack previously brought India back through early wickets after being put at bat.

The hosts, who played the series without several front players, including regular-team captain Rohit Sharma and batsmen Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, seemed headed for a below-average total in their game to be won.

India was narrowed to 81-4 in the 13th over when substitute skipper Rishabh Pant, who had a searing run with the racquet, went down with a poor shot for 17.

It brought Karthik and Hardik Pandya together, and the right-handed pair managed to breathe new life into the Indian innings with a 65-quickfire partnership.

Karthik hit nine fours and two sixes with his amusing knock, sending the crowd to their feet.

Pandya deftly assisted with a 46-off, 31-ball punch as the hosts conceded 73 runs from their last five overs.

Here we provide post-match details of the 4th T20I between India and South Africa such as; B. the man of the match, highlights of the post-match presentation, comments from the captains, and a full list of the award winners.

Complete list of awards

  • Strongest Performer: Marco Jansen (104M six, Rs 1 lakh)
  • Game Changer: Avesh Khan (Rs 1 lakh)
  • LIT Artist: Harshal Patel (Rs 1 lakh)
  • Man of the Match: Dinesh Karthik (Rs 1 lakh)

India vs South Africa 4th T20I – Match Result Captain’s Comments

Keshav Maharaj, a replacement for injured SA Captain Temba Bavuma:

“We thought we were going to get better at the bottom of the innings but our performance with the ball was poor up top. Maybe it was a lack of initiative that we need to address. We never dealt with the racquet, there were no fundamental partnerships and their bowlers were good. DK played well. I’m bowling well and I hope to continue. We expect it to be a squatter in Bengaluru.”

India Captain Rishabh Pant:

“We talked about the execution and here are the results! We can talk about Toss, but the team that plays better generally wins. Satisfied with Hardik putting up a stand as DK went for the kill, the bowlers felt the pressure. As an individual, there are areas for improvement, but don’t worry too much.”

Dinesh Karthik, a man of the match:

“It just feels good, I’m starting to get used to being interviewed by people I’ve played with. I’m very confident in this setup. The last game didn’t go well but I felt safe going back to the dressing room. I can think a little better and assess situations better. This is due to planning and experience. They threw great up front, our openers didn’t gain momentum. When I went in, Hardik told me to wait the time.

“It’s great to do things right. Becoming a local in Bengaluru while not representing RCB is exciting. The series is on the right track. Rahul Dravid has focused on what batsmen and bowlers should be doing, not the results. The dressing room is safe and feels blurry, which is a good thing. That clarity and environment helped.”

Conclusion

What a win for Team India. They reduced South Africa to 87-9 after a good shot. They struggled through the first 15 overs of the game but an attack from Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik took them to 169, which records say was about even. However, Indian bowlers were ablaze with the ball, choking South Africa for runs. From a 2-0 deficit in the series, India has roared back with back-to-back wins. The series did a good job of that. The final will be played on Sunday and India are now the favorites to go into the top game.