Match highlights: India vs South Africa 2019, IND vs SA, 2nd T20I, Mohali: Virat Kohli's unbeaten 72 shines in India's 7-wicket win
10.34 pm: Time for the captains to speak now..
Virat Kohli: "You reminded me of the best game of my T20 career. When you play like that and win a game for your team, it is always a good feeling. That night (2016 game vs AUS) was a revelation of how quick you can be on a cricket field. The pitch was very good and an outstanding effort from the bowlers to pull things back. Lot of positive signs for us and we are going in the right direction. The badge in front of my shirt - India - it is a pride to play for my country. If you want to win a gem for your team, you will find a way. The will should be to win the game for your country. .
Quinton de Kock: "We got off to a good start and towards the end they bowled pretty well and they assessed the conditions better than we did. There was a lot of pressure on some of the new guys and I think they did pretty well against this world-class opposition. KG upfront tried to pick up wickets and unfortunately, with pace on the ball it looked easier to bat on and pace off the ball seemed to be the better option on this wicket. I was quite hungry to get out there and hopefully next time we do better than what we did today with the bat. .
Shikhar Dhawan: "It was a good start for all of us. I was playing well, timing the ball well and enjoying myself. Great to get a winning start to the home season. We guys practice a lot at that pace. We are used to it now and that's why we can counter that pace in matches. It was great to see Rohit hit those sixes and it was a great feeling for me to hit boundaries. [On Miller's catch] It was an unbelievable catch and Virat was thinking that as well. I was smiling and appreciated his effort. It was hit hard, it wasn't lofted, it was hit flat and I took it in my stride. .
19th over: Bjorn Fortuin is back into the attack, big call to get a finger spinner. Brilliant timing from Kohli, the equation now is 4 from 8. Shreyas Iyer finishes it off with a boundary, India coast home with an over to spare, beat South Africa by 7 wickets..
18th over: SIX! Kohli just flicks that one off Kagiso Rabada away for a MAXIMUM, he makes such shots look so easy, 7 from the over. India 138/3 (Kohli 64, Iyer 11).
17th over: FIFTY for Virat Kohli in just 40 deliveries, his 22nd T20I half-century, brings the chase down to a run-a-ball situation. 11 runs from the over, India 131/3 (Kohli 57, Iyer 11) .
16th over: Bjorn Fortuin will bowl his third over and he concedes just 5 runs. India 120/3 (Kohli 47, Iyer 10).
15th over: Nortje will continue, 10 runs from the over, India 115/3 (Kohli 44, Iyer 8), need 35 from 30 balls.
14th over: GONE! Poor shot selection by Rishabh Pant and he finds Shamsi, Bjorn Fortuin gets his maiden T20I wicket. India 105/3 (Kohli 41, Shreyas Iyer 1).
13th over: Anrich Nortje comes back into the attack. 5 runs from the Nortje over. India 101/2 (Kohli 40, Pant 2), need 49 from 42 balls .
12th over: Shamsi will continue and India are ticking away nicely now, DAVID MILLER TAKES A BLINDER! Dhawan departs for 40, Shamsi strikes. 7 runs and the wicket of Dhawan. India 96/2 (Kohli 37, Rishabh Pant 1).
11th over:Halfway into the chase, and left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin, making his debut, into the attack. Dhawan finishes the over off with a SIX, 10 from it. India 89/1 (Dhawan 39, Kohli 32).
10th over: Tabraiz Shamsi will continue, 7 runs from it. India 79/1 (Dhawan 31, Kohli 30).
9th over: Pretorius back into the attack, and the Indian batsmen have begun the attack, big over, 15 runs from it. India 72/1 (Dhawan 28, Kohli 27).
8th over: Bowling change, and it's time for spin, Tabraiz Shamsi comes into the attack and concedes just 5 runs. India 57/1 (Dhawan 23, Kohli 17).
7th over: Pretorius will continue, tidy over this one, 5 from it. India 52/1 (Dhawan 21, Kohli 14).
6th over: Phehlukwayo will continue. Some drama out in the middle, South Africa appeal for a caught behind, but the review shows that he has not hit anything. 6 from the over. India 47/1 (Dhawan 19, Kohli 12).
5th over: Pace off the ball from the other end, Dwaine Pretorius into the attack. 8 runs from the over, India 41/1 (Dhawan 19, Kohli 7).
4th over: Bowling change! With pace not doing the trick, Andile Phehlukwayo has been introduced into the attack. GONE! The bowling change works for South Africa, Phehlukwayo pockets the big wicket of Rohit Sharma, out lbw for 12, India 33/1 in 4 overs..
3rd over: Rabada in his second over and Dhawan has already smashed him for consecutive BOUNDARIES! 9 runs from the over. India 30/0 (Dhawan 15, Rohit 12).
2nd over:Anrich Nortje will share the new ball with Rabada. BOOM! Rohit Sharma in the mood, that's as elegant as he can get, timed this SIX to deep mid-wicket to perfection. ANOTHER SIX! That's power and elegance combined! Same shot, same result, Rohit Sharma looking good! 13 runs from the over, India 21/0 (Rohit 12, Dhawan 6).
1st over: FOUR! Shikhar Dhawan with the first BOUNDARY for #TeamIndia, 8 runs from the 1st over by Kagiso Rabada. India 8/0 (Dhawan 5, Rohit 0).
8.50 pm: We're back with India's run-chase. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are out in the middle, Kagiso Rabada has the new ball. TARGET: 150.
8.46 pm: Temba Bavuma, one of the three debutants for South Africa, reflects on misses out on a half-century by 1 run.
Bavuma: "I'm happy, I'd have wanted to do a bit more, but I got out. That did help (playing with the A side before this series), it helped me to get accustomed to conditions. It did get hard when they were bowling slower balls. The ball was holding on to the wicket and we found it hard to get it away. We have to start well and squeeze them in the middle overs. Wickets will always be the key thing. .
8.40 pm: Looking at the par score at Mohali, South Africa may have been 15-20 runs short considering India's power in their batting and the dew factor. South Africa scored only 27 runs in the last four overs and 16 off those came in the final over. India's run-chase in a few minutes....
Innings Break!South Africa post a total of 149/5 on board https://t.co/IApWLYsXvx#INDvSApic.twitter.com/mwWxWkzyKc.BCCI (@BCCI) September 18, 2019
20th over: Navdeep Saini will bowl the final over! THAT'S IT! Pretorius finishes it off with a SIX, #SouthAfrica have finished at 149/5 (De Kock 52, Bavuma 49; Deepak Chahar 2/22).
19th over: BOWLED HIM! Hardik Pandya cleans up David Miller, who can be dangerous at this stage. A dejected Miller walks back for 18. Another brilliant over, 4 runs from it. SA 133/5 (Pretorius 2, Andile Phehlukwayo 1).
18th over: GONE! Temba Bavuma misses out on his half-century on debut, departs for 49, Deepak Chahar gets his second. 3 runs from the over, that's gold at this stage. SA 129/4 (Miller 18, Dwaine Pretorius 1) .
17th over:Excellent over by Navdeep Saini, just 4 runs from it. SA 126/3 (Bavuma 49, Miller 16).
16th over: Change of speed by Washington Sundar and Miller frees his hands, whacks it over extra cover. 12 runs from the over. SA 122/3 (Bavuma 47, Miller 15).
15th over: Hardik Pandya returns to bowl his 3rd over. 5 runs from the over, SA 110/3 (Bavuma 45, Miller 5).
14th over: Bowling change! Krunal Pandya comes into the attack. 7 runs from the over, SA 105/3 (Bavuma 42, Miller 3).
13th over:ANOTHER ONE! One brings two, Ravindra Jadeja strikes, caught & bowled, that's a soft dismissal and Rassie van der Dussen has to make the long walk back. 8 runs and the wicket for Jadeja. SA 98/3 (Bavuma 36, David Miller 2).
12th over: Saini returns into the attack, GONE! Virat Kohli picks up a blinder, the dangerman Quinton de Kock departs for 52. 3 runs from the over, SA 90/2 (Bavuma 30, Rassie van der Dussen 1).
Marvellous @imVkohli ? pic.twitter.com/HUpLXtGxhS.surya77 (@surya_14kumar) September 18, 2019
11th over: Jadeja to continue. FIFTY! Quinton de Kock brings up a fine fifty off just 35 balls in his first match as captain of South Africa. SA 87/1 (De Kock 52, Bavuma 28).
10th over: 14 runs from this Hardik Pandya over, SA 78/1 (De Kock 46, Bavuma 25).
9th over: 9 runs from the Jadeja over, SA 64/1 (De Kock 44, Bavuma 13).
8th over: Another bowling change, Hardik Pandya into the attack. BOOM! Temba Bavuma takes the aerial route, gets into a good position and that has sailed over the ropes, SA 55/1 (De Kock 38, Bavuma 11) .
Good surface to bat on. But only one batsman is in rhythm so far.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 18, 2019
7th over: Bowling change! Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack, 6 runs from the over. SA 45/1 (De Kock 36, Bavuma 3).
6th over: Deepak Chahar will continue. 7 runs from it, that's the end of the Powerplay, SA 39/1 (De Kock 33, Bavuma 0).
5th over: Washington Sundar back for his second over, good over by Sundar, just the 1 run. SA 32/1 (De Kock 26, Bavuma 0).
4th over: Deepak Chahar has been introduced into the attack and De Kock welcomes him with a boundary through point. WICKET! Deepak Chahar gets the early breakthrough, Reeza Hendricks (6) departs after playing a poor shot. 7 runs and the wicket, SA 31/1 (De Kock 25, Temba Bavuma 0).
3rd over: De Kock has smashed Navdeep Saini for a hat-trick of boundaries, good start by South Africa. 13 runs from the Saini's first over, SA 24/0 (De Kock 19, Hendricks 5).
2nd over: Deepak Chahar will share the new ball with Sundar, concedes 5 runs including a boundary by Hendricks after Chahar sprays one on the pads. SA 11/0 (De Kock 6, Hendricks 5).
1st over: 6 runs from the opening over. SA 6/0 (De Kock 5, Hendricks 1).
#TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli & Head Coach @RaviShastriOfc felicitate BCCI Chief Curator Daljit Singh for his unparalleled services to Indian Cricket. pic.twitter.com/H28lxdsnuF.BCCI (@BCCI) September 18, 2019
Reeza Hendricks and Quinton de Kock are at the crease, Hendricks will be on strike, Washington Sundar will open the attack, LET'S PLAY!.
6.59 pm: All set for LIVE action! Quinton de Kock leading South Africa for the first time!.
6.53 pm: Meanwhile, Murali Karthik caught up with Hardik Pandya for a brief chat on the sidelines:.
Hardik Pandya: "Fantastic to be honest. Feeling excited and quite fresh. I had two months off and had good time to train on the body. I have been having the same problem; it was more of a precaution. I don't want to injure it and be out for six-seven months. I just have to do what I always do - enjoy the sport and give my 100%. I want to learn a lot of things, I have more responsibility than what I had before. It is a different story now, I want to improve and go one step ahead of where I am. With my bowling, I am always working on something new. A lot of people haven't seen me bowling my balls what I bowl in the nets. The new logo and jersey goes well with my personality. In this team even if you are new, you don't feel like a newcomer. .
Who will take this ? home?#INDvSApic.twitter.com/bYtNNQSQYY.BCCI (@BCCI) September 18, 2019
6.35 pm: Captains have their say at the toss:.
Virat Kohli: "We are gonna bowl first. It's very difficult to defend and it's a great chasing ground. It's a typical Mohali wicket. The pitch is gonna play well too. That is one of the best matches I have been part of. This ground has given me and the team great memories. We have been trying out youngsters. .
A look at the Playing XI for the 2nd T20I #INDvSAhttps://t.co/RrrjwXOFZBpic.twitter.com/OUqNdBSbLFBCCI (@BCCI) September 18, 2019
Quinton de Kock: "Everything's new for me. It's a new experience and I'm enjoying it. Me, KG, Miller - we've played a lot here. We had a long camp before the series. The boys are hungry to play. We have three debutants. Anrich Nortje, Bjorn Fortuin and Temba Bavuma comes in at No. 3. .
#TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli wins the toss and elects to bowl first against South Africa in the 2nd T20I.#INDvSApic.twitter.com/s45E7rhz4fBCCI (@BCCI) September 18, 2019
6.34 pm:India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.
South Africa XI: Quinton de Kock (w/c), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Bjorn Fortuin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi.
6.30 pm: Virat Kohli has won the toss, India elect to bowl..
6.28 pm: TOSS time in 2 minutes!.
6.16 pm: Here's some important news before we get started, the RAIN has stayed away, there are some clouds around, but don't look threatening at all. Expect a timely start..
? | It's time for some #INDvSA - themed Trivia!.The last time the Proteas were victorious against India, a certain player arrived at the crease and struck a player of the match innings of 69, in Centurion. pic.twitter.com/3eRQVgIinG.Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) September 18, 2019
6.04 pm: Mohali is a venue where... wait for it... India have a 2-0 win-loss record in the shortest format. Doesn't look pleasing if you're an India fan, right?.
Geared up and all set! All eyes on the 2nd T20I now #TeamIndia#INDvSA ???? pic.twitter.com/YtEEZb9cM1.BCCI (@BCCI) September 18, 2019
5.40 pm: Weather looks perfect for play, so expect a timely start and a match loaded with runs.
2nd T20I Action begins soon. Let's hear it for #TeamIndia#INDvSA ???? pic.twitter.com/2s58LDe4l0.BCCI (@BCCI) September 18, 2019
After the series opener in without a ball being bowled, and will look to capitalise on a batting paradise at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali when both sides square off in the second Twenty20 International on Wednesday.
Mohali has been known to be a high-scoring venue and with the weather expecting to be perfect for play, India will want to kick-start their long home season with a win thus carrying on from where they last left off against West Indies with only rain denying and Co. a clean sweep of the Test, ODI and T20 series.
INDIA VS SOUTH AFRICA 2019 | SCHEDULE | .
India have left out Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal for a second successive T20I assignment which offers more time to the likes of Rahul Chahar and Washington Sundar to enhance their reputation. Allrounders Ravindra Jadeja and Krunal Pandya are around too and they both possess the ability to chip in with valuable runs lower down which also may enhance their stakes in the pecking order.
Below are the full details of how you can follow and stream the match live.
What: India vs South Africa, 2nd T20I.
When: September 18 (Wednesday).
Where: PCA Stadium, Mohali.
Time: 7 pm IST.
On TV: Star Sports Network.
Live streaming: Hotstar
India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.
South Africa XI: Quinton de Kock (captain and wk), Rassie van der Dussen, George Linde, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje/Beuran Hendricks, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi.