In a attempt to hit the ball, Iyer’s bat flew towards square leg while the ball went over mid-on, as he was attempting a hard pull shot on a shortish delivery, causing him to lose grip of his bat in the 1st ODI.
Cricket is a fascinating game, and during a match, some moments turn out to be amusing. One such scene unfolded on December 17th when India chased a target of 117 runs against South Africa in the first one-day match at Johannesburg’s Wanderers Stadium.
India’s star batsman Shreyas Iyer was on strike, facing the fast left-arm bowler Nandre Burger in the ninth over. In an attempt to hit the ball, Iyer’s bat swung towards square leg, while the ball passed over mid-on, as he tried a powerful pull shot, resulting in him losing his grip on the bat.
Luckily, the upper edge of the shot didn’t go straight into the hands of any fielder or collide with the umpire. However, the video of this incident went viral on social media.
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Meanwhile, India restricted South Africa to 116 runs in just 27.3 overs, winning the first one-day match by 8 wickets. While batting, Proteas lost wickets consistently after stopping them at 116 runs. India’s Arshdeep Singh took five wickets, and Avesh Khan claimed four. Kuldeep Yadav concluded the Proteas’ innings with his trademark style.
With a powerful spell, Arshdeep Singh became the first Indian fast bowler to take five wickets in a one-day international against South Africa, conceding 37 runs in 10 overs. He also earned the Player of the Match award for his outstanding bowling performance.
In the second over, Arshdeep Singh dismissed Hendricks and Du Plessis as both batsmen struggled to open their account. Later in the eighth over, he got rid of Zondo, and in the last ball of the tenth over, he dismissed Classen by hitting the stumps.
Chasing 117 runs, India’s one-day debutant Sai Sudarshan scored 55 runs, while Shreyas Iyer contributed 52 runs, leading India to victory with 8 wickets in hand.
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