South Africa were defeated by India in the fourth T20I of the five-match series, scoring just 87 runs for nine wickets, proteas’ lowest total in Twenty20 cricket, on Friday.
Earlier, South Africa’s lowest team total was 89 runs against Australia in Johannesburg on February 21, 2020. South Africa were bowled out for their lowest total in T20I cricket, with Ashton Agar claiming his 13th hat-trick in the format, and Australia’s second after Brett Lee’s. Agar finished with a career-best 5 for 24 to help Australia win their seventh T20I in a row. South Africa was set a goal of 197 runs, but they only managed to score 89 runs in 14.3 overs, losing the match by a large margin.
The Proteas were dealt an early setback as Temba Bavuma was forced to retired hurt owing to injury. The visitors were unable to maintain any form of pace after that. With the exception of Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, and Jansen, no South African batsmen reached double figures.
The Men in Blue got themselves into a great deal of trouble after being put in to bat first. They were restricted to 81/4 after 12.5 overs, and it appeared that India would be successful if they could reach the 150-run mark.
With a 65-run stand for the fifth wicket, Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik brought some composure to the game. Pandya’s stroke-play was menacing, as he scored 46 runs off 31 balls, including three fours and as many sixes. Dinesh Karthik, 37, hit his first T20I fifty to help India build a valiant 169/7 in 20 overs against Proteas pace.