India continued their form from the ODI series as they beat South Africa in the 1st T20I by 28 runs. The Men in Blue banked on Shikhar Dhawan’s blistering 72 off just 39 balls followed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s magical spell to outclass the host.
How did the 1st T20I go:
Meanwhile, India lost two early wickets of Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina as JP Duminy opted to bowl first. However, Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan’s kept India going. Dhawan continued his superlative form as he smashed 72 off just 39 balls.
Some blows from lower-order batsmen ensured India cross the 200-run mark.
In reply, South Africa’s innings was halted by Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s outstanding effort. He returned with 5 for 24 in four overs as South Africa lost wickets at regular intervals. Further, Reeza Hendricks (70) and Farhaan Behardien (39) tried their best but couldn’t take their team over the rope.
Meanwhile, with the second T20I coming day after at Centurion, there are a number of records that are in line to be broken.
Let’s take a look at the records in line to be broken in the second T20I:
1. Virat Kohli has so far scored 1982 runs in 56 matches. The runs have come at an average of over 137 and an amazing average of 52.85.
Well, the India skipper will have the chance to achieve an incredible record in the upcoming game. Kohli can become the first India to score 2,000 runs in T20Is. The 29-year old needs just 18 runs to achieve the feat. He will become only the third batsman overall after Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill to achieve this feat.
2. Rohit Sharma will have the chance to surpass Yuvraj Singh and become the Indian with most sixes in T20Is. The opening batsman needs six more to break Yuvraj’s record. So far, Rohit has hit 69 maximums while Yuvraj has hit 74.
3. MS Dhoni can become the first wicketkeeper to take 50 catches in T20 Internationals. The India star needs just 2 more catches to achieve that feat.
4. Suresh Raina will also have a chance to achieve a major feat. The southpaw can become the third Indian after Yuvraj Singh and Rohit Sharma to hit 50 sixes in T20Is. So far, he has hit 48 sixes.
5. Dhoni can also add another feather to his cap if he hits 4 more fours. It will help him take his tally to 100 in T20Is.