Ind vs SA 2nd T20I: India win by 7 wickets as Kohli shines with the bat

Shikhar Dhawan gave a fine start to India while Virat Kohli was at his best as he remained unbeaten on 72, surpassing Rohit Sharma as the highest T20I scorer

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defeated in the 2nd T20I at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali today as Virat kohli and Shikhar Dhawan showed brilliance with the bat. India now lead the three-match T20I series 1-0 with one match to play.

Rohit Sharma was snet off to the pavilion after he slammed two sixes but Dhawan remained unfazed as he targeted Proteas bowlers without discrimination.

Dhawan was joined by Kohli following which it was a smooth chase for India as they did not face much resistance. Rishabh Pant failed to make the most of the opportunity as he thre away his wicket on a mis-timed shot.

Virat Kohli remained undeterred and excelled towards his 22nd T20I fifty with classy drives and flicks. The Indian skipper did not stop there as he accelerated despite losing Dhawan and Rishabh Pant on  a quick succession.

Earlier, India won the toss and decided to field first, South Africa, led by skipper Quinton de Kock and debutant Temba Bavuma had a solid start but India were able to contain the oppsition to 149 for five after 20 overs.

Newly appointed captain de Kock (52 off 37) led from the front, while Bavuma (49 off 43) too impressed in his first limited-overs appearance for South Africa in almost two years.

India bowled well in the death overs, conceding only 24 runs in the final four. Pacer Deepak Chahar was pick of the bowler with two wickets for 22 runs from his four overs.

South Africa made only 39 for one in six overs but their innings picked up momentum after that, taking them to 78 for one in 10 overs. It took a brilliant catch from skipper Kohli to dismiss de Kock and shift the momentum in India's favour.

De Kock mistimed a hit off Saini and Kohli came running from mid-off to pounce on it, brining the crowd back to life. The stand between de Kock and Bavuma yielded 57 runs.

Vice-captain Rassie van der Dussen, South Africa's best batsman in the World Cup, followed de Kock in the dressing room quickly by offering a simple return catch to Ravindra Jadeja in the 13th over, leaving his team at 90 for three.

Runs dried up in the death overs but South Africa got a much-needed couple of sixes in the 20th over off Saini, which went for 16 runs.

India v South Africa 2nd T20I scoreboard


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