Miller creates new record as fielder in T20Is
South African player David Miller has had one heck of a time in India as a fielder. In the second T20I, he took a one-handed screamer and dismissed Shikhar Dhawan and now in the just-concluded third T20I against India on Sunday, he took one more catch and the equalled the record of most catches in T20ls.
The 30-year-old Miller caught Hardik Pandya at the long-on region in the penultimate ball of the 20th over of Indian innings. Miller has by far taken 50 catches in 72 matches as a fielder and equalled the record set by Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik who took 50 catches in 111 matches.
Former South Africa player AB de Villiers who is well-known for the knack of fielding takes the third spot with 44 catches in 78 games followed by New Zealand’s Ross Taylor with 44 catches in 90 appearances and India’s Suresh Raina comes next with 42 catches in 78 matches.
Talking about the third T20I, Proteas captain Quinton de Kock did what he is good at doing and that is steering his team to an emphatic victory in India as he played a phenomenal knock of 79 runs while his partner Temba Bavuma scored 27 not out. South Africa comprehensively chased the target of 135 in 16.5 overs and won by 9 wickets.
Earlier, after electing to bat first on a flat track, India failed to up the ante and ended up posting a low-scoring total, 134/9. Shikhar Dhawan was the pick of the batsmen as he alone single-handedly took on the opposition to cleaners by providing an electric start. He played aggressively and scored 36 runs while Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja both added 19 runs each.
With the victory against India in the third and final T20I, South Africa equalled the three-match T201 series by 1-1. India had won the second T20I in Mohali by seven wickets after the first match was washed out due to rain in Dharamsala.
(With inputs from ANI)