Indian skipper Virat Kohlli scored an unbeaten 72 runs off52 balls as India defeated South Africa by 7 wickets in the second T20 of the ogoing series. The first match at Dharmashala was washed out without a ball being bowled.
India won the toss and elected to field first at Mohali. South Africa finsished at149/5 in the first innings. Captain Quinton de Kock was the top scorer for the Proteas as he made 52 runs. Temba Bavuma scored 49 runs as he assisted de Kock. Deepak Chahar was the pick of the bowler for India as he finished with the figures of 2-22.
India in reply chased down the target in 19 overs with 7 wickets in hand. Captain Kohli waa again clicnical with the bat in his hand.
Chasing a target of 150, the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma gave India a flying start as they added 30 runs in the first three overs. Rohit fell cheaply inside powerplay for 12 runs. Dhawan, however, stitched over 50-run partnership with the Indian skipper and got India to a strong position. From there on South Africa kept chasing the game. Kohli, in the process also, went past Rohit to become the leading run-scorer in T20Is.
India will now take field for the series decided in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Match Summary :
India 151 for 3 (Kohli 72*, Dhawan 40)
South Africa 149 for 5 (de Kock 52, Bavuma 49, Chahar 2-22)
by 7 wickets