The second Twenty20 International match between India and South Africa at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium produced a total of 458 runs. India opener KL Rahul produced an eye-catching 57 from 28 balls, packed with five fours and four sixes, to lay the groundwork for 237/3.
Suryakumar Yadav unleashed a barrage of 360-degree blows with a scorching 61 off only 22 balls, aided by five fours and as many hits over the fence, propelling India to a massive total.
But Rahul expressed surprise over him getting the Player-of-the-Match award in India’s 16-run win, which also clinched the series in their favour.
“I am surprised I am getting the Man-of-the-Match award, Surya should have gotten it. He changed the game. Having batted in the middle order, I have realised that it is difficult. DK doesn’t always get too many balls to face, and he was phenomenal, and so were Surya and Virat,” said Rahul in the post-match presentation ceremony.
“It is important as an opener to understand what is required on a day and give it your best. It is the mindset I have always played in and will continue to do the same. Satisfying to test yourself in different conditions”.
“The back-foot punch off the first ball set me up. When I play both sides of the wicket, I know my balance is good. It tells me my head is stable,” added Rahul.
Rahul and Rohit were looking at a total of around 180-185, but it went above that.
“Quite honestly, after the first two overs, the chat between me and Rohit was that the pitch was gripping. We thought 180-185 would be a good target. But the game surprises us.
“The crowds always turn up in India. It has been a while since cricket has been played in full stadiums. Phenomenal to see.”
“We were batting first, so it was very clear that I had to keep the tempo that was set by Rahul and Rohit and I just went and enjoyed myself”.
“He (David Miller) batted beautifully (for his 106) and I loved it. You just have to be planning really well when you are having the practice sessions (to second-guessing the bowlers). I didn’t think of any score as par, just wanted to bat as deep as possible and get as many runs.”