SOUTH AFRICA TOUR OF INDIA 2019
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India 151/3 (19 Ovs)
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Virat Kohli 72 (52)
South Africa 149/5
Kagiso Rabada 3-0-24-0
India won by 7 wkts
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India’s batting, as expected, will revolve around Kohli. © Getty
That’s all from us folks! Hope you enjoyed this clash. Until next time then …
India Win …
After the dampener in Dharamsala, it was all too easy for India in Mohali. Only once have India failed down to chase a score that’s shy of 150 while playing a T20I at home. September 18 wasn’t going to be an anomaly as India strolled past 150 in 19 overs with seven wickets in hand exposed some of the very visible frailties of the South African line-up as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Deepak Chahar was India’s star – ending with 4-0-22-2 – but the Indian bowlers were aided by South Africa’s inability to kick on.
It was all Quinton de Kock at the start as the South Africa captain put the bowlers under pressure despite the loss of Reeza Hendricks. South Africa moved to 39 for the loss of a wicket in the powerplay as Bavuma settled in. De Kock kept the runs flowing and had 33 off the first 39. Bavuma finally broke free in the eighth over with a six against Hardik Pandya but it was more of a false alarm.
De Kock registered a 35-ball half-century but failed to kick on. When the captain was dismissed – caught towards the left of mid-on – South Africa had 88 on the board in the 12th over. The onus them moved to Bavuma to provide the impetus. Rassie van der Dussen was caught and bowled by Ravindra Jadeja and that didn’t help Bavuma. He consumed 43 balls for his 49 as the noose kept tightening.
South Africa kept hoping for a late push but David Miller’s 15-ball 18 and Bavuma only kept delaying it. There was no final flourish but there were two sixes in the last over that did give South Africa something they could work with.
In the chase, India got off to a fast start – smashing 30 in the first three. Shikhar Dhawan slapped Kagiso Rabada to the deep point fence before Rohit Sharma climbed onto Anrich Nortje. The pacer fed Rohit juicy back of length balls and had to bear the brunt. The first one was sent over midwicket with a front foot pull while the second one went sailing over fine leg even before the opener completed his swivel.
Rohit fell for 12 – trapped lbw by Andile Phehlukwayo – but his innings had ten dot balls. The first break came in the fourth over but the visitors failed to smash the door open. Dhawan and Virat Kohli collaborated to score 61 for the second home and drove the chase forward.
It not all doom and gloom for South Africa as Miller plucked a one-handed stunner at long-on to end Dhawan’s innings of 40 off 31 but the wicket came a tad too late. The equation came down to 45 in the last six overs and it was all too routine for the India captain. Kohli completed his half-century off 40 balls and ended unbeaten on 72 to power India home. He also became India’s leading run-scorer in T20Is going past Rohit Sharma.
50 for Kohli – 40 balls – India cruising …
Down the leg side from Fortuin and Pant has slapped that straight to short fine-leg. The new batting coach won’t be happy with that. Poor ball and an equally poor shot.
India 104 for 3
What a catch by Miller
Dhawan can’t do anything about it. Looks at Kohli all stupefied and walks off. A stunning catch by Miller, flying to his right and plucking the catch on the long-on boundary. Out walks Rishabh Pant, not Shreyas Iyer…
Powerplay done – India 147 for 6
Phehlukwayo gets Rohit
Full and straight. Rohit wanted to slog that one over midwicket. Misses a straight one and is lbw.
India 33 for 1
India get going
Dhawan dealing in fours. Rohit pasted Nortje for two sixes. Both Rabada and Nortje finding it hard and they don’t have a lot to defend.
India 30 for no loss in three overs.
South Africa 149 for 5
Below-par from the visitors. De Kock got a fifty and Bavuma scored 49. Nothing really from anyone else. They failed to kick on when they needed to and Bavuma had to do it. He consumed 43 balls for his 49. Two sixes in the last over and they set India 150. Looks like the game is in the bag for India.
Slower ball on the stumps and Hardik gets his first. Miller swung and lost his poles. He goes for 18 off 15.
South Africa 129 for 5
49 and out
No half-century on debut from Bavuma. Slower ball from Chahar and he’s played it straight to long-on. Less than three overs to go and he was struggling to get the big hits in. Not a good innings. He played 43 balls for his 49.
South Africa 126 for 4
Five to go
Miller and Bavuma out there. They will be eyeing 180 at least and it’ll take some hitting to get there. India have pulled things back well after the de Kock half-century. Time to put the foot down.
South Africa 110 for 3
Gem from Jadeja
Van der Dussen goes now. Full and on the stumps. He wanted to turn that to the on side but gets a leading catch. Jadeja acts fast and completes a good catch.
South Africa 90 for 3
Stunner from Kohli. India needed this and de Kock falls. Back of length ball and that had pace in it. Navdeep Saini bags the wicket. De Kock wanted to pull that one and didn’t connect well. Kohli ran towards his left from mid-off and dives to complete a one-handed catch.
South Africa 88 for 2
10 overs done …
Poor from Hardik Pandya so far. Too short and too wide. Bavuma climbed onto it and crunched two boundaries. De Kock is looking good and now Bavuma has found his groove.
South Africa 78 for 1
de Kock, nearly…
Slower ball from Chahar and de Kock pulls it off the front foot. No timing. Over Kohli at mid-on
Full and on off, Hendricks wanted to force the shot. Chipped to mid-on and Deepak Chahar gets the first wicket of the evening. He goes for 6 off 11.
South Africa 31 for 1
First three overs and three different bowlers used. After Washington, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini had a go. Two boundaries in the first two overs and then three in the third. Quinton de Kock looking in good touch.
South Africa 24 for no loss
Alrighty then, Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks to open. Washington Sundar to start with the ball. All set?
TOSS – India opt to field;debuts of Temba Bavuma, Bjorn Fortuin and Anrich Nortje for South Africa
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w/c), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Bjorn Fortuin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the second T20I between India and South Africa in Mohali. After a washout in Dharamsala, both teams will be eager to get going with it.
Little has changed from Dharamsala to Mohali – a transitioning South African side will be up against the mighty hosts with equally concerning gaps to plug in both sides. The conditions though may tempt South Africa into tweaking their line-up a bit to accommodate another spinner at the expense of a pacer/medium-pace all-rounder, while India ponder on their spin make-up that might just see the most experienced of them all – Ravindra Jadeja – sitting out for variety.
David Miller and Beuran Hendricks know the conditions well having played for Kings XI Punjab but will that make a difference? We’ll have to wait …
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