Captain Virat Kohli Is T20 Leading Run Scorer, India Beat South Africa
India won the toss at Mohali. Captain Virat Kohli asked South Africa to bat in the second T20 game of the three-match series. This T20 series has effectively turned into a two-match cricket series after the first T20 was abandoned due to rain.
South Africa Pegged Back By Chahar
South Africa got off to a great start as captain Quinton de Kock looked in great form, hitting Navdeep Saini for four boundaries in one over. The Proteas looked like they were going to put together a good opening partnership. Then Beuran Hendricks decided that he needed to also find the boundary at the other end and play like his captain.
It was a bad decision. Hendricks ended up losing his wicket to Deepak Chahar, who got the ball to swing. Temba Bavuma is a regular in the test squad was sent into bat at number 3. He did a good job in building a partnership with de Kock. However, Bavuma who is more a grinder than a striker, found it difficult to rotate the strike and find the boundary at will.
Captain de Kock reached his half century. Then, he departed for 52 after Saini came back and bowled a good spell to dismiss him. Chahar continued to impress and removed Bavuma for 49. The Proteas found themselves in trouble because they were scoring at a slow rate.
Chahar was the pick of the bowlers finishing his four overs for just 22 and picking up two wickets in the process. Washington Sundar, who opened the bowling did not pick up any wickets, but was miserly, conceding just 19 in his three wickets. India were able to restrict South Africa to just 149 and knew that it was a not a tall task to chase down.
Captain Virat Kohli Now Leading Run Scorer In T20s
India lost Rohit Sharma (12) early. That brought captain Virat Kohli to the crease. He formed a nice partnership with Shikhar Dhawan (40) and continued to play freely even after Dhawan was dismissed. Rishabh Pant, who is under pressure to perform, was once again given the chance to bat up the order at number four. But yet again, the wicket-keeper batsman failed to deliver and got out for 4.
Shreyas Iyer, who proved himself in the recent ODI series against the West Indies, came in at number 5. In the little time that he spent at the crease, he showed why he should be batting above Pant. Iyer remained unbeaten on 16 and along with Kohli (72) not out, helped India chase down the total with an over to spare.
Virat Kohli received the Man of the Match award for his 72 which was the highest score in the match. Kohli also became the leading run scorer in T20 internationals during this knock which is testament to how consistent Kohli has been in the T20 format.
The Indian captain acknowledged the achievement during his post-match interview. He attributed his consistency and success to the badge in front of his shirt. Kohli takes immense pride in not just playing for India, but also captaining the national team.
Kohli Will Want To Wrap Up Series
The third T20 is set to take place on 22 September in Bengaluru. Kohli will want to finish in style and wrap up the series 2-0. South Africa will more or less retain the same playing eleven. But India might be tempted to make a few changes and try out some of the younger players, like Rahul Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed.
There is a possibility that the game in Bengaluru could be impacted by bad weather. Cricket fans should prepare themselves for either a shortened T20 game or another abandoned game.
In that case, India will win the series 1-0.