Miller, whose unbeaten 106 in the second T20I against India was for nothing, surpassed JP Duminy’s tally to become South Africa’s top run scorer in T20I.
David Miller broke a sensational century against India on Sunday in the second T20I in Guwahati, although it was ultimately not enough to lead South Africa to victory.
‘Killer Miller’, who was one of the key players for the Gujarat Titans in the IPL earlier this year, produced one of the most exciting shots of the year, smashing eight fours and seven sixes and going undefeated with 106 from just 47 balls. .
And in the process, Miller became the first South African to surpass the 2,000-run mark in Twenty20 Internationals, overtaking former multi-talent Jean-Paul Duminy to become the leading run-scorer among South Africans in the format.
Quinton de Kock went unbeaten on 69 from 48 balls and was reduced to a supporting role in an unbroken 174-run fourth-wicket position, the most in a losing cause in T20Is. And like Miller, de Kock has also surpassed Duminy’s run count and is currently South Africa’s second leading run scorer in the T20I format.
Despite the exploits of Miller and Kock, South Africa ended up on the losing side, finishing with a total of 221/3, 16 fewer than the Men in Blue. And by conceding an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, South Africa also suffered their T20I series loss on Indian soil.
The two sides will now meet in the final match of the series in Indore on Tuesday. Although reduced to a stalemate thanks to India’s back-to-back wins, the match will still offer plenty of room for experimentation for both teams as they prepare for the T20 World Cup taking place in Australia later this month.
India team survive David Miller Onslaught to seal T20I series against South Africa
The India team is on a roll ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup.
After beating Australia 2-1, Rohit Sharma’s men took an unbeatable 2-0 series lead against South Africa with a 16-run victory in a high-scoring duel here on Sunday night.
Chasing India’s mammoth total of 237/3, South Africa leveled it after falling to 47/3 in the seventh over. David Miller’s brutal attack spooked India as the southpaw smashed an unbeaten 106 on just 47 balls to 8 fours and 7 sixes.
Starting pitcher Quinton de Kock also remained undefeated (69-for-48), but couldn’t match Miller’s heroics.
Previously, India recorded its fourth best total in Q20I.
After KL Rahul (57 from 28 balls, 5×4, 4×6) and captain Rohit Sharma (43 from 37) gave the home team a fun start with an initial partnership of 96 runs in 9.5 overs, the white-hot Suryakumar Yadav once again took center stage with a mind-blowing punch. The right-hander played some typically incredible shots around the wicket to run to 61 from 22 balls with 5 fours and 5 sixes.
Both Rahul and Suryakumar had also hit half a century in the first game of the series, with India winning by 8 wickets.
Virat Kohli also played his part, going undefeated on 49-for-28 shooting.
Short scores: India 237/3 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 61, KL Rahul 57, Virat Kohli 49, Rohit Sharma 43; Keshav Maharaj 2/23). South Africa 221/3 in 20 overs (David Miller 106, Quinton de Kock 69*).
Result: India won by 16 runs.
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