For a chunk of the second T20I, India had the upper hand over South Africa. The match at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali was a tad one-sided as the home team comfortably by seven wickets. It gave the Men in Blue a 1-0 lead as they beat the Proteas for the first time in a T20I on their soil. The batting and bowling unit churned out a collective effort and scripted the thumping triumph.
De Kock and Bavuma guide South Africa
India didn’t hesitate to field first after winning the toss and their bowlers did an excellent job, restricting the visitors to an under-par score of 149 in 20 overs. Quinton de Kock (52), leading in his maiden T20I, showed maturity and looked determined. He got to his half-century off 35 balls, but Navdeep Saini got rid of him. A superlative catch from Virat Kohli cut short the southpaw’s knock.
Reeza Hendricks could manage only six before falling prey to Deepak Chahar. Temba Bavuma (49), making his T20I debut, looked settled in the middle. Unfortunately, he missed out on a fifty as he became Chahar’s second victim. Ravindra Jadeja got rid of the dangerous Rassie van der Dussen. David Miller (18) and Dwaine Pretorius (10) couldn’t quite press the accelerator in the death overs.
Virat Kohli leads the charge
The hosts got off to a reasonable start as Rohit Sharma (12) and Shikhar Dhawan (40) notched 33 for the first wicket in 23 balls. Andile Phehlukwayo trapped the former in front to strike first blood. Then it was the turn of captain Kohli (72*) and Dhawan to shepherd India. The duo added 61 runs and took their team to a decent position. Chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi separated them, removing Dhawan.
Rishabh Pant’s inconsistent run continued. Bjorn Fortuin dismissed the southpaw, who holed out at fine-leg. At the other end, Kohli was looking in a different zone altogether. The Indian skipper played some scorching shots and got to his fifty off 40 balls. He was there until the very end. Shreyas Iyer (16) looked fluent during his short stint in the middle as India chased the target with six balls to spare.
Here is how Twitter reacted on India’s thumping victory in Mohali
My lordy!! That flick from @imVkohli 👏👏👏
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) September 18, 2019
Pace is great, but being smart and knowing when and how to use it is even better.
Best place to learn is in the middle, and Virat and co teaching us a good lesson today.
Back with a bang in the next boys! #ProteaFire
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) September 18, 2019
Would’ve liked Iyer ahead of Pant. Batting at 4 suits Iyer more. Batting at 5 might work better for Pant #IndvSA
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 18, 2019
Shikhar’s wicket should go into miller’spocket. Watta catch #flying
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 18, 2019
Great start for men in blue at home series #INDvSA @imVkohli amazing knock !!! Well played captain innings.Leading run scorer at t20 …what a player!! What a determination👌👌💪💪👍👍👏👏👏
— Veeramani686068@gmail.Com (@Veeramani686062) September 18, 2019
What. A. Catch. One of the best you’d see on a cricket field. #Miller #Dhawan #IndvSA
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 18, 2019
India start their home season with a comfortable win over the Proteas 🕺
What a knock by the skipper – 72* in 52 balls 🙌#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #INDvSA
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) September 18, 2019
Not fair on Shikhar mr miller… what an absolute blinder !!! #IndvsSA
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 18, 2019
Six! This time to long-on! 🙌🏻
Who else but the man leading from the front 😉#INDvSA #TeamIndia #OrangeArmy #RiseWithUs
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) September 18, 2019
Pretty clinical stuff from India to take a 1-0 lead. Lots to work on though for a few individuals. Dhawan will know he has to score big to retain his place. Pant will have more eyes on him. Over to Bangalore for the final T20I. #INDvSA
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) September 18, 2019
Most runs in T20 Internationals
2441 Virat Kohli *
2434 Rohit Sharma
2283 Martin Guptill
2263 Shoaib Malik
2140 Brendon McCullum#INDvSA
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) September 18, 2019
Tests, ODIs or T20s… The precision, drive and resolve of King Kohli remain unchanged. No format or even a match is insignificant to him. The best all-weather, all-season, all-round, all-format batsman of his generation. #IndvsSA
— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) September 18, 2019
Can't understand why the team management insists on Rishabh Pant at No. 4 when you have a player of Shreyas Iyer's quality.
— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) September 18, 2019
Most 50+ scores in T20Is:
22 – Kohli
21 – Rohit
16 – Guptill
15 – McCullum, Gayle
14 – Dilshan#IndvSA
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) September 18, 2019
Brilliant from @imVkohli in a run chase yet again. Sublime strokeplay. Just so so so good to watch.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) September 18, 2019
That was a phenomenal SIX by Kohli #INDvSA
— pakkinti ammaayi (@chestnutmatte) September 18, 2019
Easy chase, feel this will be another one sided series including Tests. Pant gotta fire in next match, wasting too many chances! #INDvSA
— Yash (@nayanTarse_) September 18, 2019
What a fantastic knock by virat kohli. I am sure he'll continue this form till T-20 wc and gets knock out in semifinals. #INDvSA
— अmann (@amanprithviraj) September 18, 2019
India have it spot on when it comes to blooding new players. They have depth in every position. Would like to see SA give youngsters a better opportunity to prove themselves at various levels of the game here at home. #IndvSA
— Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) September 18, 2019
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