Dinesh Karthik played a brilliant half-century in the fourth T20 match. (BCCI/File Pic)
India played its first T20 match against South Africa in December 2006. There is a coincidence in that match and in the match played against South Africa on Friday itself.
India played its first T20 match against South Africa on December 1, 2006, and India won the match. It’s been 16 years since this thing. India and South Africa (IND vs SA) have been playing continuously since then. Meanwhile, India also won the T20 World Cup and defeated South Africa in this sequence. This journey reached the Saurashtra Cricket Association of Rajkot where the fourth match of the five-match T20 series was played between these two teams on Friday. A lot changed from the first T20 till this match, many players came and many players went, but one player was in that match and also in this match. name is Dinesh Karthik (Dinesh Karthik). In that match too, Karthik had won the match for Team India and in this match too.
India defeated South Africa by six wickets in their first T20 International match. Batting first, South Africa scored 126 runs for the loss of nine wickets. India had achieved this target in 19.5 overs. Now talk about the fourth T20 match of the current series, so here India batted first and scored 169 runs. South Africa were bundled out for 87 runs in front of this target. India won by 82 runs.
Player of the match in both the matches
Apart from India’s victory in these two matches, there is one other similarity and that is Dinesh Karthik. Karthik had crossed the team’s line in that match and was made the player of the match for his match-winning innings. Karthik also became the man of the match in the match played on Friday. In the match played on December 1, Karthik scored an unbeaten 31 runs in 38 balls with the help of three fours and a six. In the fourth T20, Karthik scored a half-century. He batted in a stormy manner and faced 27 balls and scored 55 runs with the help of nine fours, two sixes.
16 years wait is over
Meanwhile, Karthik did a work for which he took 16 years. On 1 December, Karthik also played his first T20 International match with Team India. He was also part of the team that won the T20 World Cup in 2007. But there was one thing that he could not do in T20 International before 17 June 2020, but he did it in Rajkot. The half-century that Karthik scored in this match is his first half-century of T20 International cricket. That is, after waiting for 16 years, Karthik got this luck. During this, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli also made their debuts and scored half-centuries.