chose to work the ball around in front of square. “Before the game, the coach told me to just play in the front. He told me that I don’t have to try things like the ramp shot because there is so much risk and my wicket was crucial,” he says.
Having been broken down once, Khan says, the fielders went at him again but this time he was ready.
Khan does it again
Using sheer cheek to force the fielders into errors, stealing an extra run where none existed, fooling the keeper into thinking they were going for a run, and then ultimately taking the single on the ricoichette, he did everything. Khan and Hooda, who made 32, would put together 69 off 58 balls as the total grew steadily out of reach.
If the batting had set the Proteas on edge, India’s spinners pushed them over. On a dry wicket that was now staying low, 268 was a tall ask. Against an aggressive Indian team, it was next to impossible. Shreyas Iyer may not have scored too much with the bat, but fielding at slip he alongside the other close in fielders did more than enough. With a short cover in place, the South African openers couldn’t find a single to get off the strike. The first few overs, runs came in only in singles.
“This time around we were doing the talking,” says Iyer. The wicket of the team’s top scorer Clyde Fortuin run out for 1 as he responded to a sharp call for a single seemed to break them. Sarfaraz came in as change up and picked up two wickets lbw. Hooda got an lbw of his own soon after. A 27 run stand between captain Yaseen Valli and Jason Smith was cut shot by a brilliant run out of the former by Iyer. Kuldeep Yadav (2 for 13 off 8 overs ) and Amir Gani (3 for 18 off five) would wrap up the remainder with five wickets between them.