2nd T20I: Embattled Proteas face a must-win situation against India

22 February, 2018, 00:48 | Author: Felix Jensen
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Reeza Hendricks kept South Africa in the hunt with 70 off 50 balls, but his wicket in the 18th over triggered a late collapse.

Team India has been in a rampaging form in the limited overs cricket in the recent times. He smashed Unadkat for two consecutive sixes to bring up the victory in some style. To make the night a forgetful experience, Chahal ended up spilling a return catch off his last delivery of the match.

Later, Manish Pandey (29 not out off 27), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (16) and Hardik Pandya (13 not out) took India past the 200-run mark.

The Jean Paul Duminy-led and injury stricken South African team will be trying to restrict India's winning spree and take the series to a decider in Cape Town on Saturday.

However, the Women in Blue failed to capitalise on it and allowed South Africa to keep the series alive by slumping to a five-wicket defeat against the hosts in the third T20I in Johannesburg. Full and wide ball from Dala outside off, Raina stabs at the delivery and the edge flies wide of second slip for a streaky boundary to third man. The field was covered by the cover before the toss.

Kohli struck three centuries in the six-match series and is the only Indian to notch up three tons in a bilateral series. They saw off the nervy phase before Pandey shifted gears against spinner Tabraiz Shamsi in the 10th over, with a four and two consecutive sixes over deep midwicket region.

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Fast bowler Andile Phehlukwayo broke the crucial partnership when he trapped Raina leg before.

But Pooja lacked support from the other end as her new ball partner Shikha Pandey went for runs.

Coming together in the 11th over, the duo added 98 runs between them to carry the visitors to a formidable total. Dhoni warms up by dancing down the track and smashing a big six off JJSmuts over long off. Pandey reached his fifty off 33 deliveries while Dhoni cranked it up in the last over of the innings. Kohli has scored 1956 runs in 51 innings at an average of 52.86 and a strike rate of 137.84.

The 28-year-old was nevertheless reasonably happy in terms of his debut performance - although conceding 47 runs in his four overs, he did pick up wickets in each of his first two overs.

India have made one change in their line-up from the previous match as debutant Shardul Thakur has replaced fellow pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who is suffering from abdominal stiffness.

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