New Delhi: Dinesh Karthik’s dazzling 55 off just 27 balls after that, Avesh Khan wrecked South Africa’s batting, taking 4/18, helped India to square the series 2-2. The focus has now shifted to Bengaluru for the decider. Currently, the momentum is with the hosts as they came back strongly after trailing 2-0 in the five-match T20I series.
The young speedster Avesh and leggie Chahal were the chief destroyers of the visitors. The duo claimed four and two wickets respectively and conceded just 38 runs in their eight overs. This victory will work like a tonic for Team India to seal the series on Sunday.
Avesh Khan credited his success to coach Rahul Dravid for showing confidence in him. He responded positively and drubbed the visitors, sinking them to their lowest total in the shortest format of the game. Avesh praised Dravid for giving him a chance in the fourth match despite remaining wicketless in the first three encounters of the series.
Rahul Sir, according to the young rookie pacer, gives all players ample opportunities to improve and perform on the field. He never believes in dropping players after a couple of poor performances, because a player can’t be judged on the basis of a few games.
The LSG fast bowler was under immense pressure after a dismal showing in the first three games. But the team management backed him despite his below-par performance, which boosted his confidence.
“Whenever we bat first, I always ask the batters how the wicket was behaving, whether it was two-paced or not,” Avesh explained. I talked with Ishan Kishan, and he said that hard-length balls are difficult to play; some bounce, some stop, and others stay low. Then I decided to attack the stumps and bowl the hard lengths consistently. “I tried to bowl hard lengths with the occasional bouncer to change things up,” he added.
The deciding match would be a cliffhanger as both teams would go all out to seal the series. But the boys in blue are favourites as the confidence of the team is on top after levelling the series against a quality side like South Africa.