South Africa beat India by five wickets in T20 World Cup!

David Miller hit an unbeaten half-century and the winning runs after Aiden Markram punished India’s fielding errors as South Africa won a seesaw fixture in Perth by five wickets to move top of T20 World Cup Super-12 Group 2.

Markram (52 off 41) was dropped by Virat Kohli at deep midwicket on 35, while he would have been run out one run later had India skipper Rohit Sharma not missed the stumps from close range.

But Miller guided his side home, relieving some of the pressure when he boomed Ravichandran Ashwin for back-to-back sixes in the 18th over and then hitting the victory-clinching runs off Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the fourth ball of the final over.

South Africa had needed six from six balls at the start of the 20th over but a dot and a Wayne Parnell single were followed by Miller gloving a short ball down the leg-side for four before chopping the next over cover. Having started with wins over Pakistan and Netherlands.

Their hopes will be over if they lose to South Africa in Sydney on Thursday but even if Babar Azam’s men beat the Proteas and Bangladesh to take their haul to six points, that will not be enough if India defeat Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and South Africa knock off Netherlands in their final match.

Suryakumar utterly dominated his sixth-wicket stand of 52 from 40 balls with Dinesh Karthik – Karthik contributing just six from 15 balls – before he was caught off a slower ball from Parnell in the penultimate over.

For a long while it looked like Suryakumar would be on the wining side but his knock ultimately came in vain.

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What’s next?

India play Bangladesh in Adelaide on Wednesday (8am UK time), before South Africa face Pakistan in Sydney on Thursday (8am UK time).