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KOHLI AND DHAWAN STEER INDIA TO 7-WKT WIN

September 19, 2019 08:07 AM

Mohali (Sports Desk)

Playing his strokes flawlessly, Indian captain Virat Kohli, steered India to a well-merited seven-wicket victory against South Africa in the second T20 match in the three-match series at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium here tonight. With this win, India take a 1-0 advantage after the first match at Dharamsala (HP) was abandoned due to inclement weather.

Virat Kohli, in the company of opener Shikhar Dhawan (40) stitched a 61-run valuable partnership for the second wicket. Later Vikrat Kohli and Iyer steered their team to victory. Virat Kohli slammed unbeaten 72 runs from 52 balls. He hit four fors and three brilliant sixes

Set to a victory target of 150 runs, India opened their reply with openers left hander Shikhar Dhawan and right hander Rohit Sharma facing the South African fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortge. Rohit Sharma looked aggressive as in the second over bowled by Nortje. The Indian opener lifed Nortje for two sixes over square leg boundary despite Nortje bowled at 145 kph. In the next over bowled by Rabada, Dhawan dispatched the SA fast bowler for two successive fours.South Africa made their first break through as Andile Phehlukwayo, sending his first over, trapped Rohit Sharma leg before wicket. Sharma made 12 from 12 balls before returning to the pavilion. India lost their first wicket at 33 in 3.5 overs.

Set to a victory target of 150 runs, India opened their reply with openers left hander Shikhar Dhawan and right hander Rohit Sharma facing the South African fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortge.

 Rohit Sharma looked aggressive as in the second over bowled by Nortje. The Indian opener lifed Nortje for two sixes over square leg boundary despite Nortje bowled at 145 kph. In the next over bowled by Rabada, Dhawan dispatched the SA fast bowler for two successive fours.

South Africa made their first break through as Andile Phehlukwayo, sending his first over, trapped Rohit Sharma leg before wicket. Sharma made 12 from 12 balls before returning to the pavilion. India lost their first wicket at 33 in 3.5 overs.

Indian captain Vikrat Kohli walked to the wicket to join Dhawan. Kohlil survived a 'caught behind' issue. The visitors were looking for caught behind as wicket keeper Kock threw himself to his left to hold the ball. There was a close shout for lbw decision too. Replayed suggested that the sound from the pad.

South Africa missed an opportunity to get second Indian wicket. Pretorius bowled to Kohli who came down the track and the ball rolled down off his bat. The batsmen went for the dangerous run. Pretorius pickeed up the ball on his follow through. However, his under-arm through missed the stumps. Had the ball hit the wickets, Dhawan was certainly not in a position to reach the crease.

At the end of 10th over, India were 79 for 1, needing 71 more runs from 60 balls, to achieve the victory target.
An extraordinary one-handed catch by David Miller at long on led to the dismissal of Dhawan who played a powerful straight drive from Shamsi. However, David Miller made a superb catch as he dived full length to his right to hold right hand catch. Dhawan made 40 from 31 balls he faced. His innings was studded with four boundaries and one soaring six.

This second wicket partnership of 61 runs between Kohli and Dhawan helped India to reach 92 for 2 in 11.4 overs.
Now left handerRishabh Pant was in the company for his captain. Pant (4) could not survive. Bjorn Fortuin got his wicket on debut. Pant hit Fortuin on the leg side where Shamsi had to problem in accepting the catch. Pant made just one run and India were 105 for 3.

Shreyas Iyer replaced Pant. With Iyer, Kohli was the dominant batsman. They carried the total to 151 for 3 in 19 overs) for the victory.

SOUTH AFRICA RESTRICTED TO 149-5: Earlier, India restricted South Africa to 149 for 5. in the second T-20 fixture at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium here tonight.

SA captain Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma played good knocks. While Kock completed his half century by scoring 52 runs, Temba Bavuma missed his half century by just one run (49). This pair took their team's total to 88, with a 57-run partnership for the second wicket, from 31 for 1.

After having a close look once again, Indian captain Virat Kohli decided to chase the victory target. Kohli took the decision to field as a first match of the season was being played at the "new pitch."

Reeza Hendricks and Quinton de Kock opened the South African innings. The opening wicket partnership yielded 31 runs before Hendricks departed caught by Washinton Sundar of the bowling of Deepak Chahar. Hendricks could contribute only six runs from 11 deliveries he face.

Kock was joined by Temba Bavuma. They carried the total of 88. The South African captain made a compact half century before being dismissed by Navdeep Saini. Kock who played a solid innings of 52 from 37 balls was caught by Virat Kohli. Covering a lot of ground on his left from mid-off, the Indian skipper made a brilliant catch to terminate Kock innings. Kock's solid knock contained eight well-executed boundaries.

Kock's place at the 22-yard strip was taken by HE van der Dussen. However, the new comer could not well settled down his innings shortlived for just one run. Dussen was caught and bowled by Ravindra Jadeja. South Africa were 90 down for three wickets in 12.1 overs.

Bavuma was joined by David Miller. Bavuma was unlucky as he missed his half century by whisker of one run. His 49 from 43 deliveries contained three fours and one six. He became Deepak Chahar's second victim.
Adjusting at the last moment after realising that Chahar had set a slower ball, Bavuma ballooned at mid-on where Jadeja was stationed. Jadeja accept it to send Bavuma to the dressing room. Bavuma's wicket fell at 126.
With the addtion of three more runs, South Africa lose the wicket of David Miller who made 18 runs from 15 balls. South Africa 129 for 5 in 18.1 overs.

SCOREBOARD

South Africa: Reeza Hendricks c Washington Sundar b Chahar 6, Quinton de Kock c Virat Kohli b Navdeep Saini 52. Temba Bavuma c Ravindra Jadeja b Deepak Chahar 49, HE van der Dussen c and b Ravindra Jadeja 1, David Miller b Hardik Pandya 18, Dwaine Pretorus not out 10, Andile Phehlukwayo not out 8. Extras (5 lb) 5. Total (for five wickets, 20 overs) 149

Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-88, 3-90, 4-126, 5-129.

Bowling: Washinton Sundar 3-0-19-0, Deepak Chahar 4-0-22-2, Navdeep Saini 4-0-34-1, Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-31-1, Hardik Pandya 4-0-31-1, Krunal Pandya 1-0-7-0.
India: Rohit Sharma lbw Phehlukwayo 12, Shikhar Dhawan c David Miller b Shamsi 40, Virat Kohli not out 72, Rishabh Pant c Shamsi b Fortuin 4, Shreyas Iyer not out 16. Extras (lb 2, w 5) 7. Total (for three wickets, in 19 overs) 151
Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-94,3-104
Bowling: Kagiso Rabada 3-0-24-0, Anrich Nortje 3-0-27-0, Andile Phehlukwayo 3-0- 20-1, Dwaine Pretorius 3-0-27-0, Tabraiz Shamshi 3-0-19-1, Bjorn Fortuin 4-0-32-1.

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