Rinku Singh: Rinku Singh achieved this feat for the first time in his career but Team India lost

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Rinku Singh

India vs South Africa 2nd T20: South Africa defeated the Indian team by 5 wickets in the rain-affected second T20 match. In this match, African captain Aiden Markram won the toss and decided to bowl first. Batting first, the Indian team scored 180 runs for seven wickets in 19.3 overs. Rain disrupted the final over of India’s innings and the team’s innings ended there. South Africa reached the target of 152 runs in 15 overs to win under the Duckworth-Lewis rule. The African team easily achieved this goal. Reeza Hendricks has done amazing things for Africa.

Reeza Hendrix did a great job

The opening games gave South Africa a great start. There was a 41-run partnership for the first wicket between Reeza Hendricks and Matthew Bretzke. Mathew scored 16 runs. Aiden Markram then scored 30 runs in 17 balls, including four fours and a six. Hendricks failed to complete his half-century and was bowled out after 49 runs, but it was he who laid the foundation for South Africa’s victory. David Miller contributed 17 runs. Andile Phehlukwayo led the team to victory with a six. He scored 10 runs in 4 balls for the team. Tristan Stubbs scored 14 runs. No bowler could make any impact for India. Mukesh Kumar definitely took two wickets for the team. But it turned out to be very expensive. He gave away 34 runs in 3 overs. Apart from this, Mohammad Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav took a 1-1 wicket.

India got off to a bad start

The Indian team got off to a very bad start. As both opening batsmen of Team India returned to the pavilion without opening their account. But after that, Tilak Verma and captain Suryakumar Yadav batted brilliantly. Tilak was eliminated after scoring 29 runs. Thereafter, there was a partnership of 70 runs in 48 balls between Surya and Rinku Singh for the fourth wicket. It was only thanks to these two players that the team was able to achieve a respectable result.

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Rinku-Surya scored half-centuries

Suryakumar laid the foundation for great success with his explosive batting. Suryakumar hit five fours and three sixes in his 36-ball innings and scored 56 runs. Rinku hit nine fours and two sixes in her unbeaten innings of 68 runs and 39 balls. This is his first half-century in international T20 matches. Ravindra Jadeja scored 19 runs in the last overs by hitting a four and a six in 14 balls. But as Team India scored 180 runs after 19.3 overs losing 7 wickets. Then the rain came and the Indian innings did not return. The umpires then reduced the game to 15-15 overs and South Africa had the target of scoring 152 runs. Gerald Coetzee took the maximum of 3 wickets for South Africa.

Scored half-century for the first time in his career

Rinku Singh made his debut for India in 2023 against Ireland. Since then, he has scored 248 runs in 11 games for India. But he scored a half-century for the first time in his T20 International career. Even though Team India lost to South Africa, they will always remember this innings. Rinku performed well for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2023. Because of this, he got a chance in Team India.

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