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Cricket: India wins fourth T20i game to level series 2-2

IND vs SA 4th T20 Highlights: Dinesh Karthik's maiden T20I 50 and Avesh Khan's 4 wickets guide India home. The hosts dismissed South Africa for 87 in 16.5 overs.

Rajkot: India is back in running to win the 5-game T20 series against the visiting South Africa after the home team defeated South Africa by 82 runs in the fourth match on Friday.

Led by makeshift skipper Rishabh Pant, India piled up 169 for six wickets in the stipulated 20 overs before dismissing their opponents for a mere 87 in 16-5 overs.

After losing the first two games by seven wickets and four wickets, India came back strongly in the third game to win by 48 runs to make the series score 1-2.

With this win in Rajkot on Friday, India will now look out for its third consecutive win in the fifth and last match.

Put to bat first India did not start well as it lost the first three wickets with the scoreboard reading a dismal 40. It brought together Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik as the two figured in a 65-run stand in 33 balls to provide respectability to the Indian total. India finished with 169 for six wickets.

In fact Hardik Pandya, who missed his half century by four runs, celebrated his elevation as skipper for T20 games against Ireland. The hero of the Indian innings was Dinesh Karthik. His career-best 27-ball 55 and Hardik Pandya’s 46 off 31 balls were the main contributors. Skipper Rishabh Pant contributed17 of 23 balls.

The hosts then had good control on  the visiting batsmen and succeeded in restricting them to 87 in 16.5 overs.

For India, Avesh Khan (4/18) snapped four wickets in a sensational spell of fast bowling, while Yuzvendra Chahal (2/21) claimed two and Harshal Patel (1/3 in 2 overs) took one.

For South Africa, Lungi Ngidi had the best figures of 3-0-20-2, while Marco Jansen (1/38), Anrich Nortje (1/21 in 3 overs), Dwaine Pretorius (1/41) and Keshav Maharaj (1/29) were also among wickets.

Brief Score:

India: 169 for 6 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 55, Hardik Pandya 46; Lungi Ngidi 2/20)

South Africa: 87 all-out in 16.5 overs (Rassie van der Dussen 20, Avesh Khan 4/12)

Prabhjot Singh

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