During the third Twenty20 international match between India and South Africa, which took place on June 14 in Vizag at the Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, former India pacer Ashish Nehra showered plaudits on wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for his great bowling performance. Chahal’s final batting numbers were 3/20 from his four overs, with an economy rate of 5. His spell was an essential component in the Men in Blue’s ability to keep their chances of winning the series alive.
Nehra said while discussing the leggie’s strategies in the most recent game, that not only had he returned to his aggressive best but that he also changed the length and velocity of his bowling exceptionally effectively. Rassie van der Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius, and Heinrich Klassen, South Africa’s dominant middle-order three, were all dismissed by the spinner as a result of the approach, which worked exceedingly well in his favour.
Yuzvendra Chahal was particularly skilled at varying both his length and his pace: Ashish Nehra.
“Harshal Patel has only bowled for RCB in the powerplay on a few occasions. This time, though, he let up a few runs but still managed to take a wicket. Today we saw the aggressive side of Chahal, the one we are familiar with. Today, he did a great job of varying the length and tempo of his speeches. After the previous match, Chahal must have believed that he was a bit defensive,” Ashish Nehra remarked on Cricbuzz.
“Chahal’s flight had fully cornered the batters, and they had no way out. He single-handedly dismantled the middle order, and by the time he had finished bowling his first three overs, South Africa had already lost the match by a significant margin,” the commentator said.
Even though the Proteas’ captain Temba Bavuma won his third consecutive toss and elected to bowl first, the Proteas struggled with both the ball and the bat on this particular day. The bowlers were unable to make early inroads into the Indian batting total as Ruturaj Gaikwad (57) and Ishan Kishan (54) combined 97 runs for the first wicket before Hardik Pandya’s (31*) finishing touches enabled India to end at 179/5.
When it came time for the visitors to respond, their chase never got off the ground because they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Ultimately, they were bowled out for 131 runs in the last over, which resulted in a loss of 48 runs and a defeat. Despite this, the away team now has a 2-1 advantage in the five-match series.