South Africa Fight Back To Turn Third T20 In Newlands Into Series Decider

South Africa had to win the second T20 in SuperSport Park on Wednesday in order to stay in order to keep the three match T20 series alive, after India won the first T20 and took a 1-0 lead. South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl first and it was a good decision by captain JP Duminy as there were chances of rain later in the evening and it worked out in South Africa’s favour.

M Pandey And MS Dhoni Take India To 188

R Sharma has had a horrible tour of South Africa in all formats with just one ODI century. S Dhawan and Virat Kohli have been the mainstays of the batting but in the second T20 they got out cheaply. M Pandey (79) and MS Dhoni (52) put together a nice partnership and remained unbeaten as they helped take India to a respectable 188.

Kohli knew that it was going to be difficult to defend at SuperSport Park as the Indians were not playing J Bumrah and K Yadav who have made things difficult for the Proteas in the shorter formats of the game. When India took to the field, a light but consistent drizzle made things very difficult for Y Chahal who was the most expensive bowler going for 64 runs of his 4 overs.

Duminy And Klassen Take South Africa Home

India would have expected to clinch the series after they removed both openers cheaply. However captain JP Duminy and wicket-keeper H Klassen put together a 91 run partnership in quick time that enabled South Africa to chase down 188 with 8 balls to spare. Klassen received the man of the match award for his 69 of just 30 balls. Duminy played a captain’s knock and remained unbeaten on 64 with a strike rate of 160.

This is the second time in the shorter formats of the game that rain has worked in favour of South Africa. Kohli did make reference to it in his post-match interview but was gracious in defeat.

In a statement, Kohli said “I thought it was a winning total. Then the weather made it hard for the bowlers. Till the 12th over it was fine but the drizzle made it bad. South Africa took calculated risks, credit to them. We didn’t really have problems with the conditions, it was a constant drizzle, was fine to play. We expect them to show a fight and show some heart and they deserved to win tonight.”

India will look to play at full strength on Saturday and win the T20 series before returning home.