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After a washout on the 15th of September in Dharamshala, India produced a splendid all-round performance, with Deepak Chahar and Virat Kohli playing especially well, giving them their first victory in the South Africa tour of India 2019 T20 series.
After winning the toss and choosing to bowl, India found themselves in a troublesome situation as Quinton De Kock, South Africa’s captain, took advantage of the power play field restrictions and hit boundaries one after the other. Reeza Hendricks, on the other hand, did not contribute much to the partnership, and departed in the 4th over for 5 mistiming a swing down the ground. Temba Bavuma, debuting for South Africa in T20s, also played with aggression and put up a 57-run partnership with De Cock, who got to his half-century not long after. Soon after, however, he top-edged a delivery, producing a sensational diving catch from Virat Kohli in the 12th over.
Rassie van der Dussen departed quickly for 1, looping the ball back to Ravindra Jadeja for an easy caught-and-bowled. With not long left in the innings, Bavuma and David Miller started to swing, until Bavuma was dismissed mistiming a delivery to mid-on for what in the end turned out to be a slow innings worth 49 runs off 43 deliveries. Miller was bowled in the 19th over, but Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius finished the innings with a flourish, hitting a six each and finishing the innings at 149-5. Despite that, however, South Africa only scored 27 runs off their last 4 overs and were never able to switch gears from the middle overs.
Washington Sundar was economical, giving away only 19 runs off his 3 overs. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja recorded good figures of 1-31 off 4 overs. Navdeep Saini was slightly expensive, recording figures of 1-34 off 4 overs. The star of the innings, however, was Deepak Chahar, recording excellent figures of 2-22 off his 4 overs, bowling well with the new ball and at the death.
For India, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started very aggressively, but Rohit was dismissed in the 4th over for 12, missing an inswinging delivery from Phehlukwayo that caught him LBW, with a review not helping his cause. Virat Kohli started with some easy-on-the-eye shots, but almost got Shikhar Dhawan run out in the 7th over. Dhawan then continued playing his shots, until in the 12th over, he hit a delivery flat and down the ground, leading to a superb one-handed diving catch from David Miller, being dismissed for 40.
Soon after, Rishabh Pant was also dismissed for 4, hitting a short ball down the leg side straight to short third man. Kohli was unphased by the situation, however, and got to his half-century soon, and continued scoring boundaries to remain 72* in the innings. After edging wide of the keeper early on, Shreyas Iyer settled in and hit the winning runs off the last ball of the 19th over as well.
Kagiso Rabada, South Africa’s star young bowler, found no success in the game, conceding 24 runs off his 3 overs. Anrich Nortje, the nation’s emerging pace talent, and the all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius were also quite expensive, going for 27 runs off their 3 overs. Bjorn Fourtin, on debut in T20s for South Africa, bowled well, recording figures of 1-32. Andile Phehlukwayo and Tabraiz Shamsi were the best bowlers of the innings, recording figures of 1-20 and 1-19 respectively off 3 overs.
India were cutting edge in all departments and the game never really seemed to go South Africa’s way. With one more game left in the series, how will South Africa respond? Will they come back strong to draw the series or let India take the crown? Join us on The Sreenidhian on the 22nd of September to find out more!