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India Stepping to Win T20 Series

India Stepping to Win T20 Series

While much else has gone against them through the limited-overs leg of this tussle against India, rain has been South Africa's friend, and Heinrich Klaasen a rare bright spark in a struggling batting line-up.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar took career-best 5/24, his maiden five-for in T20Is, as South Africa could managed 175/9 while chasing 204-run target.

South Africa then got the big fish as Dala picked up his second wicket in the form of Kohli.

Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag tweeted a special message for Dhoni. Both Pandey and Dhoni brought up their second fifties respectively as they helped India to get a good score of 188-4 in 20 overs.

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But having clinched the three-match ODI series 2-1, India would now be aiming to secure an unassailable lead in the shortest format series, which comprises six games in all.

Asked to bat first, the visitors suffered a scare off the very first ball when Shikhar Dhawan edged a Chris Morris delivery onto his pads.

Clear heads now seem to be few and far between in the Proteas camp at present given the perplexing selections and tactics that have bedevilled their white-ball efforts, and it took one of their rookies, Junior Dala, who made his global debut last weekend in the first T20 at the Wanderers, to try and put matters into perspective. The skipper had hobbled off in latter stages of the previous game on Sunday with a left hip problem. But the real impetus to the Indian innings was given by Manish Pandey. They saw off the nervy phase before Pandey shifted gears against spinner Tabraiz Shamsi in the 10th over, with a four and two consecutive sixes over deep midwicket region. Nobody was spared. Not even Dala who came for a second spell after his first two produced two wickets at the cost of just eight runs. However, Andile Phehlukwayo broke their association, trapping Raina lbw on 31 off 24. Pandey reached his fifty off 33 deliveries while Dhoni cranked it up in the last over of the innings.

Reeza Hendricks handed pacer Shardul Thakur a wicket on his T20I debut when he went after a short piched delivery only to send his mistimed attempt into the hands of Hardik Pandya at deep mid-wicket. Together, the duo scored 64 runs off the final five overs with Paterson proving the most expensive of the seven bowlers Duminy put into operation tonight, leaking 51 from four overs.


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