4, 4, 4, 4, 4…. 5 fours in an over, Gaikwad brought down South African lightning fever

New Delhi: The Indian opening pair was unable to play in the ongoing home T20 series (IND vs SA) against South Africa. Ishan Kishan was still scoring runs, but Ruturaj Gaikwad’s bat was silent. Fans started demanding to drop him from the third match. Gaikwad also knew that if it doesn’t happen now then it will never happen again. In such a stressful environment, this right-handed batsman from Maharashtra did wonders in Visakhapatnam.

Ruturaj, who scored 23 in the first match and just 1 run in the second match, hit a strong fifty in the third match. Scored 57 runs in 35 balls. There were many specialties of this innings. For example, it was Gaikwad’s first half-century of T20 International career. He lived up to the trust expressed for the third time and played for as long as he could.

Nortje hit 5 consecutive fours

Gaikwad started off aggressively hitting Anrich Nortje for five consecutive fours in the fifth over. After hitting the first ball in the off-side, the second ball is used for a four over mid-on using steps. After hitting two consecutive fours, Nortje bowled a sharp bouncer, which hit Gaikwad directly on the helmet. The ball was so fast that the third man’s side went for a four. On the next ball, using the wrists beautifully, Gaikwad took a four and looked completely ready for the next ball as well. The slammed ball is sent lightly over the short third man across the boundary line.

Fifty hit in 30 balls

India scored 57 for no loss in six overs of the powerplay. Gaikwad reached his half-century in 30 balls and welcomed Keshav Maharaj with a four. Maharaj ended his innings by taking his catch on his own ball. Kishan scored 13 runs in the ninth over by hitting six and four off Tabrez Shamsi. Kishan played an innings of 54 runs in 35 balls. This was his second fifty in the five-match series. India set a target of 180 runs in front of South Africa in the last and then won the series easily and returned to the series.

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