India defeated South Africa in the second T20I of the three-match series at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. With the first match being washed out at Dharamsala, expectations were high from this encounter as it marked the beginning of the home season for Men in Blue. This also marked the start of the roadmap of Kohli and Co. for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in 2020.
South Africa also had a new beginning for their T20I team as three players in Temba Bavuma, Bjorn Fortuin, and Anrich Nortje made their debut for the Proteas. For the Men in Blue, Hardik Pandya made a comeback into the team after two months of rest following some injury concerns during the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
Deepak Chahar impressed one and all with his superlative bowling performance picking 2/22 in his 4 overs. Chahar got the ball to move in the air and off the pitch early on and made Reeza Hendricks uncomfortable and finally got his wicket as the opener went for a risky shot. Then Bavuma looked good for his 49 and was accelerating in the last overs, but Chahar came in to get his wicket, one short of a half-century on debut.
Chahar talks about his performance and chances for the T20 World Cup 2020
“I find it easy to bowl death overs because, in the powerplay, you only get two fielders outside the circle. However, after the powerplay, you get five fielders outside. Therefore, I find it easy to bowl death overs,” Chahar was quoted as saying about his performance during a post-match press conference.
India defeated South Africa by 7 wickets after Virat Kohli scored an amazing 72* and Dhawan turned up with a breezy 40 in the run-chase. Kohli scored his 12th half-century in successful chases, more than any other batsmen in the format’s history. He also became the highest run-getter in T20Is, leaving behind teammate Rohit Sharma.
Chahar, who has been impressive in the opportunities he has got further said about his chances for World T20 2020: “Whenever you do good in a match, you get confidence. And the confidence I got from IPL, it benefitted me. It is still one year for the World Cup and I do not think far too ahead. I take every match as my last match. At this time, Indian cricket is at the top and if you want to find a spot, you will have to do very good and that too, in every match because there is a lot of competition.”
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