Former India batter Wasim Jaffer has said that Team India’s solid batting performance in the second T20I against South Africa in Guwahati on Sunday, October 2, is the “ideal template” for them. Asked to bat after losing the toss, the team came up with a terrific batting effort to put up 237 for three in their 20 overs. Suryakumar Yadav top-scored with 61 off 22, while KL Rahul scored 57 off 28. Skipper Rohit Sharma (43 off 37) and Virat Kohli (49* off 28) also played crucial knocks.
While speaking after the game, Jaffer told ESPNcricinfo: “This is the ideal template that India would want. There are not many days when your top four or five batters bat the way you want them to – everybody getting starts, striking at 150-160. The batters put on a perfect show.”
Team India got off to a great start as openers Rahul and Rohit added 96 in 9.5 overs. Suryakumar and Kohli then added 102 for the third wicket before Dinesh Karthik came in and clubbed smashed an unbeaten 17 in only seven balls. Although India notched up an impressive 237 runs while batting first, they only could manage to win the game by 16 runs. Miller (106* off 47) and Quinton de Kock (69* off 48) added an unbroken 174 for the fourth wicket as South Africa managed to score well.
“Suryakumar Yadav’s knock was exceptional as usual. His innings was the standout one. It made the difference as India got 15-20 runs more. It put India ahead in the game. If they would have got 210-215, South Africa would have probably chased it down,” Wasim Jaffer concluded.