Sanju Samson’s Maiden Century Powers India to Series Victory Against South Africa

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In a gripping showdown at Paarl, India secured a thrilling 78-run victory against South Africa, clinching the ODI series 2-1. The standout moment of the match was Sanju Samson’s remarkable maiden ODI century, a historic achievement in international cricket.

Batting first, India posted a formidable total of 296/8, their second-highest against South Africa on their home turf. The innings faced a challenging phase at 132/3 after 30 overs, but a late surge, led by Rinku Singh’s quick-fire 38 off 27, and a crucial 116-run partnership between Samson and Tilak Varma, propelled India to a competitive total.

Despite challenging batting conditions, Varma showcased resilience, scoring 52 runs, while Samson displayed masterful strokes, amassing 108 runs with the help of 6 fours and 3 sixes. The duo’s efforts ensured India had a fighting total, setting the stage for an enthralling second innings.

In response, South Africa’s chase began steadily, with Reeza Henricks and Tony de Zorzi contributing a solid 59-run partnership. However, the tide turned when Arshdeep Singh’s exceptional delivery dismissed Henricks. Axar Patel and Washington Sundar further dented the South African innings, leading to a collapse.

Arshdeep Singh emerged as the star with the ball, finishing with figures of 4-30, while Sundar and Patel also made crucial contributions. The Indian bowlers dismissed South Africa for 218, sealing a memorable series win.

Brief Scores:

  • India: 296/8 in 50 overs (Samson 108, Tilak 52; Henricks 3-63)
  • South Africa: 218 in 45.4 overs (de Zorzi 81; Arshdeep 4-30)

This victory marks India’s triumphant return to the ODI format, showcasing the team’s resilience and skill after the disappointment of the World Cup.

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