Dinesh Karthik’s blazing half-century and four wickets by Avesh Khan led India to a series-levelling 82-run victory over South Africa in the fourth T20 International on Friday.
Karthik smashed 55 off 27 deliveries to guide India to 169/6, a total their bowlers defended by dismissing South Africa for 87 and level the five-match series at 2-2 in Rajkot.
The Proteas slipped to their lowest ever T20 total, two lower than their 89 all-out against Australia at Johannesburg in 2020.
Avesh returned his T20 best figures of 4/18 as the hosts in Rajkot defended their total with ease for the second time in a row with the series decider on Sunday in Bangalore.
In the post-match press conference, Avesh credited coach Rahul Dravid for supporting him.
“The team hasn’t changed over four games, so credit to Rahul sir. He gives chances to everybody and intends to give them a long enough run,” said Avesh.
“He doesn’t drop a player after one or two bad performances because you cannot judge a player on the basis of one or two games. Everyone is getting enough matches to prove themselves.
“Yes, there was pressure on me. I had zero wickets in three games but Rahul sir and the team management…