IND vs SA 2nd T20I Highlights: Riding on the back of clinical performance by Indian bowlers, team India registered a 16-run nervy win in the second T20I against South Africa. India took a 2-0 lead in the series with this win. The match unfolded with South Africa winning the toss & opting to bowl first.
Suryakumar-Rahul zealous knocks laid the foundation for India’s win
Batting first, India get off to a stunning start with Openers Rohit Sharma & Vice-Captain stitching a rewarding 96 runs for the first wicket. KL Rahul was in an astute form smashing the African bowlers across the park. Rohit Sharma supported Rahul by hitting a power-pack 43 runs off 47 balls in an innings embellished with five fours & four sixes. However, their blooming partnership was broken when Maharaj dismissed Rohit in the 10th over followed by Rahul in the 12th over, reducing India to 107-2.
Then came Suryakumar Yadav on the crease who shined ‘like a diamond in the SKY’ by playing valorous innings. Suryakumar Yadav displayed an aggressive approach right from the first ball he faced. Suryakumar together with Kohli stitched a match-winning 102-run stand for the third wicket. The duo made the mockery of South African bowlers by taking them to cleaners on almost every second ball of the over. But soon in the 19th over South Africa got a major breakthrough with Suryakumar Yadav getting dismissed of a run-out. Suryakumar went back to the pavilion after scoring 61 runs off 22 balls with an inning embellished with five fours & five sixes.
Suraykumar’s dismissal didn’t affect Kohli at the other end who stayed unbeaten till the end & further smashed two more boundaries to fetch 10 runs from the 19th over. In the end Dinesh Karthik the finisher hit two massive sixes & a four to take India to a competitive score of 237-3 in 20 overs. Virat Kohli played an unbeaten knock of 49 off 28 balls with seven boundaries and a six while Dinesh Karthik stayed unbeaten at 17 off 7 balls.
For South Africa, except Keshav Maharaj, none of their bowlers could actually scalp wickets. Keshav was the lone torch bearer for them with figures of 2-23.
Miller’s killer Century went in vain as India clinched the series by 2-0
Chasing a target of 237 runs, South Africa get off to a poor start as they lost their Captain Temba Bavuma & Rilee Rossouw for a duck, reducing South Africa to 1-2 in 1.4 overs. Then came Quinton De Kock & Aiuden Markram on the crease. The duo stitched a crucial 46-run stand to bring South Africa back into the game. However, there came a path-breaking moment when Axar removed Markram for 33 off 19 balls reducing Proteas to 47-3 in 6.2 overs.
However, Markram’s dismissal didn’t affect Quinton De Kock who was all blazing guns, De Kock along with Miller smashed Indian bowlers for back-to-back fours & sixes & stitched a valuable 174-run stand to remove them from a state of bother. After the 15th over the equation read 95 off 30 balls. Though the duo played firing knock but couldn’t chase the target as the Required run-rate was quite high. The duo smashed 26 runs in the last over but failed to take their ship at anchor & suffered a 16-run defeat. David Miller played a heroic knock of 106 off 47 balls with eight fours & seven sixes. De Kock too played a fighter’s role by hitting 69 runs off 48 balls with three fours & four sixes.
For India Arshdeep Singh returned with figures of 2-62 while Axar returned with figures of 1-53. Now the action will shift to Indore when the third & final match of the series will be played on Tuesday.
IND vs SA 2nd T20I Highlights: Brief Scores
India 237-3 (Suryakumar 61, KL Rahul 57, Virat Kohli 49; Keshav Maharaj 2-23) South Africa 221-3 (David Miller 106*, Quinton de Kock 69*; Arshdeep 2-62)
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