South Africa wanted to put the 5-1 ODI hammering they received from the Indians behind them and make a fresh start to the 3 T20 internationals. The Proteas took a huge blow before the first T20 started in Johannesburg as their best batsman AB de Villiers was ruled out of the T20 series.
S Dhawan Helps India Cross 200
South Africa won the toss and asked India to bat first as the team chasing in Johannesburg usually had the advantage. The Indians knew they had to put a big total on the board and R Sharma and S Dhawan wasted no time in going for the big hits. Sharma fell after hitting 21 at a strike rate of 233 while Raina made a quick-fire 15.
The Indian innings had momentum and S Dhawan played a great knock scoring 72 of 39 balls. India managed to get to 203 at the end of their 20 overs as H Pandya hit a couple of boundaries of the last over to get them past the 200 mark. The Proteas were very poor in the field and dropped three catches and conceded 11 extra which included 9 wides.
B Kumar Too Experienced For Proteas
South Africa had a very in-experienced line-up and needed their experienced players to fire. However captain JP Duminy and D Miller once again folded under pressure and only opening batsman R Hendricks showed some fight. B Kumar bowled beautifully to register his career best figures in a T20 international taking 5 wickets and conceding just 24 runs. Kumar was given the man of the match award.
South Africa was always behind on the run rate but they had a small chance to turn things around as long as R Hendricks was at the crease. B Kumar bowled his final over in the 17th over and ran through the South Africans. He took 4 wickets and conceded just 4 runs in this period. There was also a run-out during this over, so effectively 5 wickets went down and from then onwards there was only going to be one winner.
The Men in Blue have completely dominated South Africa at home in the shorter format of the game. JP Duminy will have to rally his team so that they can bounce back in the 2nd T20 which starts on Feb 21 at Centurion.