Sanju Samson tried his best to win the team at home but failed. India needed 30 runs from the last over to win the first ODI against South Africa.
Samson alone picked up 19 runs with one six and three fours, and one wide. India scored 20 runs in the last over and eventually lost by 9 runs, but Samson will be praised for fighting back. News-Sky Sports.
With this win, South Africa has increased 10 points in the World Cup Super League.
The rain-hit match was reduced to 40 overs in Lucknow on Thursday (October 6). The series is part of the World Cup Super League. Batting first, South Africa scored 249 runs for 4 wickets.
Without Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, the first four batsmen in India’s top order went back to the dressing room after scoring 51 runs. Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaekwaars did not last long. Samson, who dropped to six, kept India in the match till the last over with two pairs.
Samson made a 54-ball 67-run partnership with Shreyas Iyer for the fifth wicket. Samson paired with Shardul Thakur after Iyer, who scored 50 runs off 37 balls, was dismissed in the 27th over. Samson’s contribution to their 66-ball 93-run partnership was 52 off 35 balls. Shardul, who scored 33 runs off 31 balls, kept only one edge, Samson led the main battle. India was hoping to win despite being 46 runs short of the last three overs to win.