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Junior Dala ran in with steam on international debut

India in South Africa 2017-18

Junior Dala shows glimpses of potential on senior debut

Given the task of bowling short and into the bodies of India's top order at the Wanderers, the fast bowler picked up two wickets but also conceded the most runs by any South African bowler on T20I debut

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was named Man of the Match for his five wickets

South Africa v India, 1st T20I, Johannesburg

Bhuvneshwar's strangle does the trick

The correlation between intent and wickets is low in T20 cricket. It's more about stifling batman and forcing them into low-percentage shots. Bhuvneshwar Kumar knows that; it is what he did in Jo'burg

Evin Lewis chucks his helmet to the floor to celebrate his second T20I hundred

T20I batting performance of the year


Gayle who? His opening partner thrashed India for 12 sixes, leading his side to their highest successful T20I chase at home

Rohit Sharma blazed away after India were asked to bat

South Africa v India, 1st T20I, Johannesburg

South Africa's short-ball plan slides wide

South Africa's plan of bowling short to bridge the gap between India's experienced, confident batsmen and their own struggles went awry when their inexperienced bowlers erred in line

Suresh Raina navigates a short-pitched delivery

India in South Africa 2017-18

A glimmer of hope for Suresh Raina

With India still searching for a fix in the ODI middle order ahead of next year's World Cup, a good performance in the T20Is against South Africa could set the batsman on the road to a long-term comeback

Virat Kohli is jubilant upon sealing the maiden bilateral ODI series win in South Africa

South Africa v India, 6th ODI, Centurion

Freed-up Kohli shows what he is truly capable of

Earlier in the one-day series, the India captain batted according to the match situation, did just what his team needed. Now, with the result of the game holding little value, he had the licence to let himself go, and boy did he put on a show

Aiden Markram and Kagiso Rabada celebrate the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan

South Africa v India, 6th ODI, Centurion

In defeat, Markram remains optimistic about the future

South Africa's young captain says he is richer for the experience gained in this series, and thinks the lopsided result will spur his team on and make future victories that much sweeter

Aiden Markram fell for 32

South Africa v India, 6th ODI, Centurion

Markram braces for another trial in captaincy run

Before the ODI series began, Aiden Markram wasn't even sure of a place in the side, but in the span of five matches, he has gone from being touted a future captain to now battling for a permanent spot after SA return to full strength

Rohit Sharma sets off for a run as JP Duminy fails to stop a ball off his own bowling

South Africa v India, 6th ODI, Centurion

Back to Centurion, but for a dead rubber

The game will be a chance to rest players like Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada although South Africa should be more desperate for a face-saving win than India's quest for 5-1

Hardik Pandya is thrilled after dismissing AB de Villiers

South Africa v India, 5th ODI, Port Elizabeth

Imperfect Pandya, impactful Pandya

This hasn't been the most consistent of tours for the allrounder, but, as he showed once again in Port Elizabeth, he has kept finding ways to make match-turning contributions