IND VS SA: Temba Bavuma, the captain of the South African side, said that he was glad and pleased when his team overcame Sanju Samson’s power-hitting in the closing overs to win the rain-delayed first ODI in Lucknow on Thursday.

“A good fight at the end Sanju pushed us, but the boys stood firm and took us to the win. There wasn’t much grass on the surface, we lost a couple of wickets in the middle overs, myself and Aiden (Markram), but the boys knuckled down.”

Said Bavuma in the post-match presentation ceremony

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IND VS SA: “Stung Together a Partnership”: Temba Bavuma

He also commended David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen for forming a strong combination and leading the Proteas to a successful result.

“Miller and Klaasen played positively, stung together a partnership, and took us to a good score. I thought we lost our way in the middle overs, gave away far too many runs, but in the end, the result did go our way, and I’m happy with that.”

Bavuma said

Thanks to offensive half-centuries by Klaasen (74 not out) and Miller, South Africa scored 249/4. (75 not out). India’s top-order batting lineup struggled during the run chase, with skipper Shikhar Dhawan leaving for four runs and his co-opener Shubman Gill returning to the pavilion with just three runs.

Samson and Shreyas Iyer, though, showed bravery by coming quite close to the target. While the wicketkeeper-batter scored an unbeaten 86 off 63, Iyer recorded a solid half-century. Nevertheless, the Indian team fell short of nine runs despite Samson’s hard-hitting smashes, and as a result, South Africa grabbed a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

IND VS SA: South Africa’s Lead In The Series

Following the game, acting captain Dhawan praised Samson, Iyer, and Shardul Thakur for their accomplishments, saying,

“Quite proud of how the boys played the game; we didn’t get a good start, but the way Shreyas, Samson, and Shardul batted was excellent.”

Dhawan said

The Proteas have gained significant Super League points with the victory they need to earn to qualify for next year’s World Cup in India. The second T20I between the two teams will take place on October 9 (Sunday) at Ranchi. In the opening encounter of the three-match ODI series, India was defeated by South Africa by 9 runs in a 40-over game that was postponed due to rain and played at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.

With this victory, Temba Bavuma’s South Africa has a 1-0 series lead over India in the three-match ODIs. Following their exciting victory against India in the opening ODI in Lucknow, South Africa gained significant points in the World Cup Super League standings.

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