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India vs South Africa: Dinesh Karthik breaks MS Dhoni’s record after scoring maiden T20I fifty in Rajkot blitz

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Dinesh Karthik on Friday, June 17 became the oldest Indian batter to hit a fifty in men’s T20I cricket. The 37-year-old hit his maiden fifty in the shortest format of the game at the international level in his 36th T20I match, which came 16 years after he made his India debut in T20is.

Dinesh Karthik smashed 55 in just 27 balls as he took the attack to the South Africa bowlers, going into beast mode in the end overs in the 4th T20I of an ongoing 5-match series at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. Karthik hit 2 sixes and 9 boundaries as he struck at a rate of over 200.

Karthik stitched a 65-run stand along with his vice-captain Hardik Pandya as the duo added valuable runs in their 5.3 overs together in the middle. India went from 56 in the first 10 overs to add 113 runs in the last 10 overs as Karthik and Hardik tore into the South African bowling attack.

Karthik brought up his maiden T20I fifty with a stunning six in the final over of the Indian innings against Dwaine Pretorious. In fact, Karthik targeted the Chennai Super Kings pacer, hammering him across all parts of the ground.

With the crowd chanting “DK…DK” Karthik showcased his range as he swept the spinners, reverse-swept them, cut the pacers, pulled them and pummeled them into the stands with ease.

With his 27-ball 55, Karthik became the oldest Indian batter to hit a fifty in the shortest format of the game. He surpassed MS Dhoni who had held the record until Friday after getting his 2nd T20I fifty against South Africa in 2018 when he was 36 years old.

OLDEST INDIANS TO HIT T20I FIFTIES

37 years, 16 days – Dinesh Karthik v South Africa, 2022*

36 years, 229 days – MS Dhoni v South Africa in 201

35 years and 1 day- Shikhar Dhawan vs Australia in 2020

India were in trouble when they lost captain Rishabh Pant for 17 in the 13th over of the innings after Temba Bavuma had won the toss and opted to field. Pant’s struggle in the ongoing series continued as the wicketkeeper-batter was unable to get going despite having spent more than 20 deliveries in the middle.

However, Karthik walked into the middle and kept the scoreboard moving from the word go, taking pressure off Hardik who was doing the lone warrior’s role in his partnership with Pant.

Both Hardik and Karthik took charge in the last 5 overs as India took 74 runs in their last 30 balls to post 169 on the board in their must-win match.



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