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

by Leon Thompson February 22, 2018, 0:37
2nd T20I: Embattled Proteas face a must-win situation against India

South Africa have won the toss and have chosen to bowl in overcast conditions in Centurion.

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

Having been criticised for being too short in Johannesburg, Morris caused Dhawan enough trouble in the first over with deliveries swinging back in from a fuller length. Great start from Junior Dala.

Chris Morris (0 for 42) nearly got rid of Shikhar Dhawan with the very first delivery of the game as he went up for a leg before wicket shout.

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However, Duminy led from the front to take the battle to the Indian bowlers and kept the asking rate within range.

India captain Virat Kohli became the only second batsman in the history of the game to cross the 900-point mark concurrently in Tests and ODIs, while pacer Jasprit Bumrah grabbed the joint top position among bowlers in the latest ICC ODI player rankings released on Tuesday. Dhawan played some impressive strokes before falling to the gentle off-spin of Duminy.

4 - Number of ducks in the T20I format for Rohit Sharma. The Indian captain made the same mistake once again, poking at the ball half-heartedly and knicking it to the keeper. But she was a tad bit expensive, giving away 22 runs in 3 overs, as South Africa were going strong as they reached 130/3 after 15.3 overs when rain stopped play. Not just him, it is Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who clinched the incredible 5 wickets becoming the only Indian to get 5 wickets haul in all three formats of cricket.On a whole, this duo played a vital role in India's win against South Africa in the opening Twenty20 global. For South Africa, losing the T20I series close on the heels of an ODI series loss would be traumatic. Only Indian skipper Virat Kohli has scored the more runs (558) in the ODI series than Dhawan.

South Africa need 189 to win from 20 Overs. However, South Africa's big assault began in the fifth over, against Rajeshwari Gayakwad's slow left-arm, with van Niekerk sweeping her for a boundary and Lee slogging her for a four and a six later in the over. Kohli fell to a snorter from Dala as he edged one behind to walk back leaving India in a spot of bother at 45/3 in 5.3 overs. Kohli now needs to score just 175 more runs in the final two T20I matches to go past Richards' record.

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