Half centuries by Aiden Markram and David Miller lifted the Proteas top of Group 2 at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after win against India. Thanks to a gripping five-wicket victory in Perth on Sunday.

It was the South African pace attack that set their side on their way by restricting the pre-tournament favourites to just 133 for nine. Player of the Match Lungi Ngidi led the way with a fine four for 29. Wayne Parnell also razor sharp as he grabbed three for 15.

PROTEAS RESPONSE

The Proteas also lost three early wickets in reply. But Markram and Miller knuckled down initially to weather the storm, before cutting loose in a vital 76-run stand. 

The former rode his luck to score 52 off 41 balls (6 fours, 1 six). The latter was ice cool in scoring an unbeaten 59 off 46 balls (4 fours, 3 sixes) to carry South Africa home with two balls to spare. 

The result meant that Temba Bavuma and his charges remained unbeaten in the competition. They move to five points, one ahead of the Indians and Bangladesh, with two matches of the Super 12 stages to play. 

They next take on Pakistan in Sydney on Thursday. And they will enter that game high on confidence following this showing which was set up by the bowlers.

After winning the toss and batting on a bouncy Perth pitch, India lost Rohit Sharma (15) and KL Rahul (9) in a feisty fifth over. The same bowler struck again to dismiss key man Virat Kohli (12) at the end of the seventh over. Kagiso Rabada also taking the first of three catches.

After Deepak Hooda fell to Anrich Nortje (1/23) for a duck, South Africa’s premier fast bowler took an outstanding diving chance running around at fine leg off Ngidi to remove Hardik Pandya (2) and leave India in deep trouble on 49 for five.

AIDEN MARKRAM AND DAVID MILLER HELP SA WIN

But Suryakumar Yadav, one of the more dangerous players for his team in recent months, mixed attack with composure to rescue his side with his innings of 68 off 40 balls (6 fours, 3 sixes). He eventually became one of Parnell’s three late wickets that left the Proteas needing 134.

Quinton de Kock (1) suffered his first failure of the tournament, before Rilee Rossouw (0) followed leaving South Africa on two for three. Temba Bavuma (10) managed his highest score of the tournament but departed by the sixth over with his side in trouble on 24 for three.

It was left to Markram and Miller to rebuild and they were cautious for the next four overs with the score on just 40 for three at halfway. However, they cut loose immediately after the break with the former especially aggressive. Although he took his chances – he was dropped on 35 by Virat Kohli and captain Sharma missed an easy run-out opportunity on 36 – his ninth career 50 brought the Proteas back on course. 

Markram was eventually dismissed with 34 required, but Miller then switched gears to carry the South Africans home with his sixth career T20I half century.

SOUTH AFRICA ITINERARY

South Africa Group Stage Itinerary

Monday, 24 October – 19:00 (10:00 SAST)

South Africa vs Zimbabwe ended in a no result – Bellerive Oval, Hobart

Thursday, 27 October – 14:00 (05:00 SAST)

South Africa beat Bangladesh by 104 runs – SCG, Sydney

 Sunday, 30 October – 19:00 (13:00 SAST)

South Africa beat India by five wickets – Perth Stadium, Perth

Thursday, 03 November – 19:00 (10:00 SAST)

Pakistan vs South Africa – SCG, Sydney

Sunday, 06 November – 10:30 (02:00 SAST)

South Africa vs Netherlands – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

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