Centurion. South Africa vs India 2nd T20. South Africa bounced back in the three-match T20 series against India, beating India by 6 wickets in the second match of the series here at SuperSports Park, Centurion. Winning the second match of the series now South Africa level the three-match series by 1-1.
South Africa showed aggressiveness at the end of the match while chasing the set target of 188 runs by India. However, the South African beginning was not good as they lost their first wicket as JT Smuts (2) at the team score of just 24 runs in the fourth over. JT Smuts was departed by Jaydev Unadkat (2/42).
Just after adding 14 more runs in the team score their another opener RR Hendricks (26) was also sent back to the pavilion by the Indian debutant SN Thakur (1/31). Thakur also picked his first International T20 wicket as Hendricks.
After two early wickets, protease captain JP Duminy (64) held the crease with Heinrich Klaasen (69). Both played aggressively and didn’t provide any chance to any Indian bowler to build pressure again. Both together put 93 runs partnership for the 3rd wicket. However, Klaasen got out in 14th over but Duminy led the team to the victory. Hence South Africa managed to score 189 runs easily after losing 4 wickets in 18.4 overs only.
Earlier South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl first. As batting first India didn’t start well again as they lost Rohit Sharma (0) in very second over of the match. Rohit again failed to score runs in the T20 series as he was departed by CJ Dala (2/28) at the team score of 1 run. Shikhar Dhawan (24) and Virat Kohli (1) got out early as well. However, Suresh Raina (31) tried to stand on the crease, but soon he also got out.
After the fall of the 4th wicket at the team score of 90 runs Manish Pandey (79*) and MS Dhoni (52*) led the Indian inning. Both together build the partnership of 98 runs for the 5th wicket. Both also completed their half centuries and came back unbeaten. With their valuable contribution, India finally managed to set a decent target of 188 runs after losing 4 wickets.