Lungi Ngidi, who was making his long-awaited return to the T20 side, was the pick of the SA bowlers with the scalps of Gaikwad and Pandya while Marco Jansen, Dwaine Pretorius, Anrich Nortjé and Keshav Maharaj ended with one each.
SA failed to recover from Bavuma’s early retirement due to injury with only Quinton de Kock (14), Rassie van der Dussen (20) and Marco Jansen (12) the notable scorers.
On a pitch where the ball kept low, the rest of the SA batters struggled and failed to reach double figures as they were rattled by Avesh Khan who ended with his best T20 figures of 4/18 on his father’s birthday.
Yuzvendra Chahal chipped in with two under his name while Harshal Patel and Axar Patel ended their shifts with one scalp apiece.
SA made three changes with Reeza Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell replaced by Quinton de Kock, Marco Jansen and Lungi Ngidi but they failed to influence a positive result.
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