Perth. South Africa defeated India by five wickets in Super 12 Group 1 of the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday and climbed to the top of the group. Set a target of 134 runs for victory, South Africa made the winning run by losing five wickets in 19.4 overs.

South Africa did not get off to a good start. By the time the team scored three runs, it had lost both of its starting batters. Arsdeep Singh took both the wickets. Soon South Africa also lost Temba Bavuma cheaply. Since then, Aiden Markram and David Miller helped South Africa to victory.

Markram scored 52 runs off 41 balls. Miller remained unbeaten on 56 off 46 balls. They shared a partnership of 76 runs for the fourth wicket. India, who won the toss and decided to bat first, did not perform well and made only 133 runs for nine wickets using 20 overs.

Suryakumar Yadav only strengthened. He scored 68 off 40 balls. He hit six fours and three fours. None of the other batsmen were able to contribute quickly. Captain Rohit Sharma could score only 15 runs and Virat Kohli 12 runs. Among the South African bowlers, Langi Ngidi took four wickets and Wayne Parnell took three wickets.

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