Team India suffered its first defeat of the 2022 T20 World Cup on Sunday, October 30 against South Africa at the Perth Stadium. They failed to defend 134 runs at the ground, handing South Africa a five wickets win. This is South Africa’s second win in the tournament, and now are the table-toppers in Group 2.
Batting first, Indian batters could not utilize the toss. The top three were sent back to the hut early by Lungi Ngidi. The Indian team suffered a collapse and was reduced to 49/5 in around nine overs. Suryakumar Yadav took the charge then and took India to 133 runs. The right-handed batter slammed 68 runs off 40 deliveries, including six boundaries and three sixes.
In response, South Africa finished off the match in the final over with five wickets to spare. They also got off to a poor start, losing three wickets for twenty-four runs. However, Aiden Markram and David Miller kept them in the game. Markram was dismissed for 52 runs, while Miller stayed unbeaten on 59. His knock powered South Africa home.
— ICC (@ICC) October 30, 2022
South African pacer Lungi Ngidi won the Player of the Match. He took four wickets in as many overs, conceding runs at an economy rate of 7.2. Wayne Parnell also took three wickets in the match, conceding just 15 runs. Meanwhile, the Indian fans were disappointed with the team’s fielding effort, which cost the Rohit Sharma-led team crucial wickets.
Let’s take a look at how fans reacted to India’s loss:
It is the little things that have hurt India. Catches, missed run-outs, misjudgements in the deep.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 30, 2022
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) October 30, 2022
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) October 30, 2022
Well Done South Africa. India fought well till the end but 133 wasn’t enough
Similar to the 50 over 2011 World Cup , India lose to South Africain group stage. Hopefully will win all from here. #INDvsSA
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 30, 2022
Well played #SouthAfrica
— Shahrukh Awan (@Shahruk24280502) October 30, 2022
The best fielding side will win the tournament.
Catches and run-outs matter.
Good attempts don't.
India were shabby in the field today.
Missed catches, and an easy run-out.
Markram & Miller made them pay, as they should.
Congrats to SA on the win.#INDvsSA #INDvSA #T20WorldCup
— Tejas (@jha_tejas26) October 30, 2022
Baffling how India lost a match they had in the bag. So many misfields, so many dropped catches and what not. Can't even drop a conspiracy theory because even India's qualification is now at risk. This is bonkers.#INDvsSA #T20WorldCup
— Wally | LH44 (@WaleedMukhtar11) October 30, 2022
Cannot miss 3 runouts, 2 drop catches while defending 133. I’m sure team india will come back stronger. Good knock by #SuryakumarYadav and well bowled by the youngster #arshdeepsingh. #INDvsSA #T20WorldCup #TeamIndia
— Ashish Reddy (@ashishreddy_9) October 30, 2022
Pakistan watching India lose the match pic.twitter.com/tOyxj76mcG
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) October 30, 2022
I do not remember India having this weak a fielding side since the 2011 WC. Without Jadeja, there is absolutely no zing! #INDvsSA
— Ajay Kamath (@ajay43) October 30, 2022
We weren’t clinical: Rohit Sharma
Team India skipper Rohit Sharma expressed his disappointment regarding the team’s performance on the field. He expressed that they gave too many chances to the South African batters. However, Rohit Sharma added that the team will keep their heads high, and learn from their mistakes.
“We were a little poor in the field, we gave so many chances and we weren’t clinical. We were just not good enough. The last two games, we were pretty good on the field. We couldn’t hold our chances, we missed a few run-outs. We need to keep our heads high and take a learning from this game,” said Rohit at the post-match presentation.