Wayne Parnell hits new Ronaldo celebration as South Africa go on top of Group 2

South Africa beat India

During the Group 2 Super 12 clash between two giants India and South Africa, Left-arm Pacer Wayne Parnell replicated famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo‘s new celebration “Peace of mind”. Parnell was a key figure in South Africa’s bowling attack that bamboozled the Indian batting line up as he aided in restricting the Blues for a total of 133.

India batted first after winning the toss, hoping to put up a fighting total in a Perth track that was offering bounce to even the slowest of pacers. It was Parnell who started the proceedings with the ball and successfully bowled the first Maiden of the ICC T20 World cup 2022.

South Africa’s bowling armory consisting of Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Wayne Parnell and Lungi Ngidi was too hot to handle for the Indian batting powerhouse as the inaugural T20 World cup champions lost early wickets. Lungi Ngidi removed both of the Blues openers within the 5th over, he also trapped the in-form Virat Kohli (12 runs off 11) with his fierce bouncer and also sent Hardik Pandya back to the pavilion very cheaply.

India lost 5 wickets within the 8th over and added only 49 runs on the board. Surya Kumar Yadav and Dinesh Karthik then steadied India’s sinking ship for a while and partnered with each other for a 50 runs stand. Parnell was brought back into the attack and he broke that partnership by removing Dinesh Karthik.

Surya Kumar Yadav was the best batter for India with his 68 off 40 and scored half of India’s runs. The Blues managed to hit only 14 boundaries 6 sixes and 9 fours with Surya hitting 3/4th of them. Moreover, only 3 Indian batsmen reached double figures and it was a underwhelming performance otherwise.

Surya Kumar Yadav received his marching orders as Wayne Parnell bowled a short of length delivery which Surya lofted only to find Keshav Maharaj in the covers. It was after removing Surya that Parnell decided to copy Ronaldo’s new celebration “Peace of Mind” as it was indeed a sigh of relief for the Veteran pacer to remove the dangerous Right-hander.

Parnell picked another wicket and this time it was Ravichandran Ashwin as the former ended with figures of 4-1-15-3. Ngidi was the most successful bowler with figures of 4-0-29-4 became the Man of the match for the same, Rabada remained wicket less and Anrich Nortje took the sole wicket of Debutant Deepak Hooda.

South Africa took it deep to hand India their first loss of the tournament

After an overall disappointing show with the bat, all eyes and expectations were on the Indian bowling front. If we rewind a couple of matches back, Zimbabwe defended an unbelievable total of 130 against Pakistan and the Men in Blue were hoping to follow suit.

It was a decent start by the Indian bowlers as Arshdeep evicted two of Proteas’ most dangerous batters Quinton De Kock (1 run off 3) with his brilliant out-swinger and Rillee Rossouw for a duck with a blinding in-swinger that hit straight into the pads. South Africa were 3/2 by the second over and Mohammad Shami joined the party to make it 24/3 as he removed Temba Bavuma for 10 runs.

However, Aiden Markram and senior batter David Miller took the responsibility over their shoulders as both played attacking cricket and made a partnership of 76 runs. Another painful thing for India was their terrible fielding which helped both Markram and Miller to settle down. India missed several run-out chances to break the partnership with Rohit Sharma wasting an opportunity to run and remove the bails which would have seen Markram head towards the pavilion.

Before that run-out chance, Virat Kohli fumbled an easy catch according to his standards and failed to send Markram back to the pavilion. The South-African then went on to score a half-century and by the time he was out the damage was already done.

David Miller remained on the crease to score the winning run of the match as South Africa picked up a famous win against India at Perth to go on top of Group 2 with 5 points.

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