India vs South Africa, 2nd T20I at Centurion

But Dala defended captain JP Duminy's decision to not use experienced fast bowler Chris Morris up front. And the lower order needs to contribute with the bat, because not in every game the batters will score runs. If you look at the one-day series and now, yes, they've been weak, but South Africa is not that kind of a team.

With both opener back in the pavilion after five overs, the hosts seemed to be in deep trouble.

Klaasen wasted no time after walking to the crease. He smashed Unadkat for two consecutive sixes to bring up the victory in some style. But it is hard to see all of that coming together in the space of a few days, especially given how hangdog South Africa appear to be. Klaasen was in excellent touch as he continued finding boundaries.

"We need to come up with a good plan in the next game".

7 - Number of sixes Yuzvendra Chahal conceded in this match. To make the night a forgetful experience, Chahal ended up spilling a return catch off his last delivery of the match.

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While Dhoni scored a brilliant 52 off 28 balls, Manish Pandey remained unbeaten on 79 off 48 balls. This was the first-time Indian team won in South Africa and that is a huge achievement for the captain Virat Kohli and team.

The second T20I between India and South Africa will be played in Centurion and the live broadcast will be shown on Sony Ten Network, starting 9:30 PM. Dhawan, who was looking in imperious touch, charged down the track and chipped a full-toss straight into the hands of Farhaan Behardien at mid-on. The skipper had hobbled off in latter stages of the previous game on Sunday with a left hip problem. From thereon, Pandey and Raina steered the innings forward. Till the dismissal of Kohli, who was ruled LBW against spinner Tabraiz Shamsi in the third delivery of the 10th over, India had already scored 108. After a solid start, having gathered 93 runs for the loss of two wickets in the 12th over, the team had stumbled to 133 all out. Dhoni warms up by dancing down the track and smashing a big six off JJSmuts over long off.

With India on 133 for 4 before the start of 17th over, the duo smacked 55 runs in the last four overs with Dhoni doing most of the damage. Dala finished with 2/28 from his four while Duminy and Phehlukwayo took a wicket each.

India made one change to their side with Jasprit Bumrah being rested due to some abdominal stiffness while Shardul Thakur is set to make his debut in the shortest format.

  • Lawrence Cooper