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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Second T20I – Virat Kohli And Shikhar Dhawan Guide India To Comfortable Victory 

India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Second T20I – Virat Kohli And Shikhar Dhawan Guide India To Comfortable Victory
Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan (Image Credit: BCCI)

Indian captain Virat Kohli and the opener Shikhar Dhawan comfortably guided India for their first-ever home T20I victory against South Africa on Wednesday (18th September) night at Mohali. With this victory, the hosts India are leading this three-match T20I series by 1-0 with the last match to go.

After winning the toss, Indian captain Virat Kohli decided to field first. The Indian bowlers restricted South Africa to 149/5 (20 overs). In reply, India chased down that target in 19 overs after losing three wickets. India won this match by seven wickets with six balls remaining.

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Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan were the top scorers at chasing

The Indian opener Rohit Sharma lost his wicket on 12 runs, but the other Shikhar Dhawan and the no.3 batsman Virat Kohli controlled that innings. They had the 61 runs partnership for the second wicket and that helped them to chase that target easily.

Dhawan lost his wicket on 40 runs off 31 balls (4 fours and only six) after David Miller took an outstanding one-handed catch at long-on. The young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant once again disappointed with his bat as he scored only four runs.

However, captain Kohli didn’t lose his control even after completing his half-century. While he reached the 50 runs mark in 40 balls, he finally remained not out on 72 runs off 52 balls. The right-handed batsman hit four fours and three sixes in that innings. The youngster Shreyas Iyer also batted calmly and was not out on 16 runs. Kohli-Iyer had the unbroken 47 runs partnership for the fourth wicket and India comfortably chased down that target.

Virat Kohli, India
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Among the Proteas bowlers, Andile Phehlukwayo (1/20), Tabraiz Shamsi (1/19) and Bjorn Fortuin (1/32) took one wicket each.

Quinton de Kock and debutant Temba Bavuma shined with the bat

South African openers Reeza Hendricks and the captain Quinton de Kock provided a 31-run partnership. While Hendricks managed to score only six runs, de Kock played captain’s knock on his T20I captaincy debut. The new Indian pacer Navdeep Saini was welcomed in this game with three consecutive boundaries by de Kock.

For the second wicket, captain de Kock put the 57 runs partnership with the T20I debutant Temba Bavuma. The Proteas captain completed his third T20I half-century in 35 balls but then he lost his wicket soon. Before Saini dismissed him after Kohli’s terrific catch, de Kock scored 52 runs off 37 balls (8 fours).

Virat Kohli, India
Image Credit: Twitter

After the dismissal of South African T20I captain, Bavuma stretched that innings but didn’t get any proper support. T20I vice-captain Rassie van der Dussen, who performed impressively in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, scored just one run. David Miller also failed to manage good runs as he scored 18 runs.

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Before Miller’s dismissal, Bavuma lost his wicket on 49 runs off 43 balls (3 fours and only six). Dwaine Pretorius (10*) and Andile Phehlukwayo (8*) remained not out at the end.

Among the Indian bowlers, Deepak Chahar managed the best bowling figures of 4-0-22-2. Also, Navdeep Saini (1/34), Ravindra Jadeja (1/31) and Hardik Pandya (1/31) picked up one wicket each.

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