KL Rahul struck brilliant form in the 2nd T20I between India and South Africa, with his 28-ball 57 going a long way in the hosts wrapping up the series with a 16-run win. The Indian vice-captain was adjudged the Player of the Match for the same at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati.
However, fans were left puzzled and gobsmacked at the opener winning the award ahead of Suryakumar Yadav and David Miller. For those unversed, ‘SKY’ slammed a blistering 22-ball 61 and toyed around with the South African attack, taking the Indian total to a gigantic one along the way.
Miller was the lone pillar for the Proteas as he belted an unbeaten 106 off just 47 deliveries. His innings gave the hosts’ bowling unit a scare and reduced the margin of defeat considerably, even leaving South Africa harboring hopes of an improbable win.
Here’s what Twitterati had to say over the decision to adjudge Rahul as the Player of the Match:
“I’m quite surprised I’m getting this” – KL Rahul after being adjudged Player of the Match against South Africa
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Rahul himself expressed his surprise at being chosen as the Player of the Match ahead of Suryakumar Yadav.
“Honestly, I’m quite surprised I’m getting this (award). Surya, with the way he batted, he had a bigger impact on the game and he changed the game. We as opening batters always think our job is tougher, but having batted a few innings in the middle order in ODIs, I do realise that is difficult as well”, he said.
India posted a gigantic total of 237/3 thanks to stunning half-centuries from Rahul and Suryakumar. Virat Kohli chipped in with an unbeaten 49, while skipper Rohit Sharma scored 43. Dinesh Karthik continued his happy habit of adding the finishing touches to render the Proteas attack hapless.
In response, Temba Bavuma’s 7-ball duck and Quinton de Kock’s labourious innings made life difficult for the visitors. Miller launched a stunning assault with De Kock also switching gears soon after, but South Africa left themselves with far too much to do in the end and fell short by 16 runs.
The 3rd and final T20I will be played at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Tuesday (October 4).
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