After several disappointing campaigns, South Africa finally managed to level the T20 series winning the second match against India at Centurion. It was also the venue for the series decider of the Test and the ODI. The home team thumped India in the longest format and the visitors replied the same in the following ODI series. Now in this current T20 tussle, both the teams are locked after the series decider, unlike the previous series.
Although, rain played a critical role in South Africa’s win, brilliant battings off Heinrich Klaasen and JP Duminy were the winning bets. With their half-century blitzes South Africa scaled up a six-wicket victory with more than an over to spare. India scored 188 sent in to bat first facing an early wobble in the inning. India’s inning was rather slow in the beginning handing a maiden over to Chris Morris. In the first ball of the next over, Junior Dala trapped Rohit Sharma clipping off a wicket even before India opened its score tally.
The second wicket partnership brought good runs forged by Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina playing together until the fifth over. In about three overs, the players scored 44 runs, bolstered with a knock of 3 fours and 2 sixes off Dhawan for his 14 ball 24 runs. Virat Kohli played 5 balls for a single run before bring removed by Dala. With the skipper’s wicket, India was at 45 for 3 runs by the six overs.
In the next stretch, Manish Pandey and Suresh Raina played a slow inning saving their wickets. Pandey found a way only in the over off Tabraiz Shamsi. The inning was already half way when Raina was dismissal brought MS Dhoni together with Pandey. The players forged an unbeaten partnership of 98 runs off 56 balls. In the final five others, both players had a strong strike brining 55 runs in the short stretch.
The chase started with an equal impetus off South Africa batsmen. In the opening stretch of 4 overs, the RR Hendricks and JT Smuts took the score to 24, until the latter lost his wicket. Hendricks followed him in the next over making the way for the partnership between JP Duminy and Henrich Klaasen. The 30 balls 69 off the later was a crucial addition in the chase. Duminy played until the end beating 64 off 40 balls. The chase was played throughout a drizzle, but it did not stop the match.
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