2nd T20I: Virat Kohli masterclass gives India emphatic win over South Africa

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India Today

Author 2019-09-19 00:50:00

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India vs South Africa, 2nd T20I: Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan shone as India gunned down a 150-run target comfortably in Mohali ( Courtesy by BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli's 52-ball 72 helped India clinch a 7-wicket win
  • India restricted South Africa to 149 despite Quinton de Kock fifty
  • Deepak Chahar was the pick of the bowlers for Team India

After the washout due to rain in Dharamsala on Sunday, India began their home season in an emphatic manner by crushing visitors South Africa by 7 wickets in the 2nd T20I of a 3-match series in Mohali on Wednesday.

Virat Kohli's men needed very little time to put behind the disappointment of World Cup 2019 semi-final exit as they dominated West Indies on their Carribean tour in August. The dominant run only continued as the Men in Blue outclassed South Africa and took an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the 3-match series.

Captain Virat Kohli led from the front with the bat as he struck his 22nd T20I fifty in a well-paced knock. Kohli was untroubled throughout the knock as he hit 4 boundaries and a six and kept the scoreboard moving in a nonchalant manner. India gunned down a 150-run chase with 6 balls to spare.

Virat Kohli got good support from opener Shikhar Dhawan who went after the South African bowling attack after the early departure of Rohit Sharma who was struck in front for 12 by Andile Phehlukwayo. Dhawan smashed 40 and added 61 runs for the 2nd wicket before David Miller took a stunning catch at long-on to send the the India opener back to the hut.

There was a slight concern around Virat Kohli's fitness as he walked off the field clutching his back towards the end of the South Africa innings but the India captain showed no signs of trouble as he came up with an array of eye-catch strokes.

Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli wowed cricket fans with a stunning one-handed catch to send back South Africa's newly-appointed captain Quinton de Kock, who was looking set for a big score after getting to a quickfire fifty. It was a game of spectacular catches as Ravindra Jadeja and David Miller left the cricket fraternity in awe with their efforts on the field.

India's chase was spotless for the most part of it. However, Rishabh Pant's cheap dismissal will add to the concerns surrounding his reckless attitute. Pant perished while trying yet another aerial shot, much to his own disappointment.

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