- South Africa defeated India quite convincingly in the first T20 international at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in record-breaking fashion
- David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen were in crackling form with the bat, helping the Proteas defeat chasing a daunting total of 212
- The result was the perfect start to the tour for the visitors, with four more matches left on their journey to the subcontinent
South African began its five-match Twenty20 International tour of India in the most stunning fashion possible.
Powered by Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller, the Proteas broke their own record for the highest score the team has chased in T20I matches. The hosts reached a daunting 211/4 in their allotted overs, before the visitors reached 212 in 19.1 overs.
Van der Dussen top scored with 75 runs off 46 deliveries, while the red-hot man-of-the match Miller struck 64 runs of 31. Dwaine Pretorius scored brisk 29, followed by Quinton de Kock with 22, while Temba Bavuma reached 10. Avesh Khan was India's best bowler on a night of carnage, going for 'just' 35 runs in four overs.
Earlier, Ishan Kishan was the hosts' leading run scorer with 76 runs of 48 balls. Shreyas Iyer (36), Hardik Pandya (31*), Rishabh Pant (29) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (23) all contributed to the intimidating total of 211. Anrich Nortje (1/36) and Wayne Parnell (1/32) were the best bowlers for the visitors as India went on the rampage from the get-go.
The next match will take place on Sunday afternoon, hosted at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack at 3.30pm CAT.
South Africa tipped to continue white ball dominance over India in upcoming T20 cricket series
South Africa will look to continue their winning ways when they tour India and compete in five T20 games.
As reported by Sports Brief, Indian will be looking to claim bragging rights and end South Africa's dominance when they host the Proteas in the T20 series.
Ongama Gcwabe spoke to former Proteas performance analyst, Prasanna Agoram, about the teams chance in India.