It was a bad day for India on the pitch as they couldn’t do much with the bat on a tough surface and despite Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s heroics on the power play, they couldn’t keep the momentum going. and gave Proteas a 2-0 lead. Chasing 149, South Africa got off to a bad start. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave India an early boost by clearing opener Reeza Hendricks for just four in the first over of the game.
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This brought the versatile Dwaine Pretorious to the crease, sent off for producing big hits for his team. He couldn’t go on for long. After dispatching a Kumar delivery for four in the third over, the pacer had the last laugh by dismissing Pretorious for four after the batter was caught by Avesh Khan in the back square leg.
This brought captain Temba Bavuma onto the pitch. Dussen and Bevuma tried to rebuild things for their team, but they couldn’t go on for long as Kumar returned a struggling Dussen to the clubhouse for 1 of 7 balls after dislodging his stump. With that, Kumar took his third wicket, sinking Proteas at 29/3. After six overs, SA was struggling at 29/3, with Bavuma (20*) and Heinrich Klaasen (0*).
India had completely dominated the power play and by limiting the flow of the run and taking early wickets they were able to gain momentum quickly. Spin was introduced on offense after the power play, with Yuzvendra Chahal there to play. Following this, Klaasen and Bavuma started to rebuild the innings after the first three wickets. Klassen in particular attacked the Indian bowlers, crushing Chahal for a four and a six in the seventh and Harshal for a six in the next. After 10 overs, South Africa was 57/3, with Bavuma (25*) and Klaasen (23*).
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The Proteas still had a mountain to climb as they needed 92 in the final ten overs with three of their batters gone. The duo continued to rebuild, earning 13 points from the next knocked down by Hardik Pandya. Axar Patel’s next proved costly as Klassen hit it for 4,6,4. The over conceded 19 points and also lifted a 50 point position between the duo.
Chahal was met by Bavuma with a four in the next game, but Chahal got the breakthrough at the very next ball, sending the skipper back to the clubhouse for 35 of 30 balls. This hit to the central stump also ended the 64-point position between him and Klassen. Next up was an in-form David Miller. Soon Klaasen raised his fourth half T20I in just 32 balls, his second against India.
Klaasen continued to do good work even after he turned fifty. Miller also joined the party, throwing a huge six on Chahal’s delivery in the 16th. Klaasen hit it with a few others in the same over. Harshal Patel eventually earned his side Klassen’s wicket on the last ball of the 17th, returning it for 81 from 46. But it was too late for India as they only needed five in the final three overs. Parnell was pushed aside by Kumar on the final ball from the 18th over, his fourth of the game.
The hunt was finally over with Proteas at 149/6 in 18.2 overs with Miller (20*) and Rabada (0*).