Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
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    6s
    SR
    1.5 short on middle and leg, Rohit backs away, looking to cut the ball over third man. The ball goes through to the keeper, Klaasen goes up in appeal. And he is so confident that they call for the review. Big noise as bat passes ball, there is a spike on Snicko, so South Africa have their first. Junior Dala has his first international wicket! 23/1
    14.4 scoops it to the keeper. Dhawan shuffles either side of the stumps before getting on his knee to try and scoop one fine. It's a slower ball that greets him though and the shot ends up being a lob towards the keeper who dives in front and gets his gloves underneath this. Superb innings ends softly 155/4
    15
    7
    11
    2
    1
    214.28
    3.6 147 kph, Dala takes his second. Raina's belligerent innings ends. A full delivery, around middle and leg, Raina clears his front leg, looking to hoick away into the leg side, but the ball takes the leading edge and lobs back to the bowler. An easy catch, Dala is pumped. 49/2
    9.3 and given! Shamsi is absolutely thrilled, but Kohli reviews! Kohli is quite confident. Flat outside off, the ball pitches and spins back in, beats Kohli on the inside edge and hits him in front of middle and leg. Hit him on the back pad. Three reds on HawkEye, so the decision stays. And he finds consolation for the drop in the previous over. Some respite for SA. 108/3
    not out
    29
    27
    51
    0
    1
    107.40
    16
    11
    17
    2
    0
    145.45
    18.1 bowled him. Morris foxes Dhoni. He walks across the stumps expecting a wide yorker again. But this is speared in at leg stump and Dhoni can't get bat on it 183/5
    not out
    13
    7
    10
    2
    0
    185.71
    Extras
    11 (lb 2, w 9)
    TOTAL
    203/5 (20 Overs, RR: 10.15)
    Fall of wickets: 1-23 (RG Sharma, 1.5 ov), 2-49 (SK Raina, 3.6 ov), 3-108 (V Kohli, 9.3 ov), 4-155 (S Dhawan, 14.4 ov), 5-183 (MS Dhoni, 18.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    D Paterson4048012.0033310
    CJ Dala4047211.7586230
    CH Morris403919.7586030
    T Shamsi403719.2582210
    JT Smuts201407.0021000
    AL Phehlukwayo201618.0042010
  • BATSMEN
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    2.5 taken by Dhawan. Smuts undone by Bhuvneshwar's slower ball. The knuckle ball. It's full on middle and off, Smuts sees an opportunity to flick the ball over midwicket, but the ball stops on him slightly. It takes the leading edge and lobs towards Dhawan at square leg, a reverse-cupped catch. 29/1
    17.1 top edge is gobbled up by Dhoni. Bhuvneshwar goes with the legcutter first up, on a good length wide outside off. He goes across the line and it deviates away from him enough. Top innings from Hendricks that has kept South Africa alive, but is this the match for India? 154/5
    4.6 Raina takes the catch, running back. A really good catch. Another slower ball around middle and leg, Duminy is through his swat too early, the ball gets more elevation than distance. Raina runs back from midwicket, keeps his eyes on the ball and takes a good catch in front of him, running towards the stands. Bhuvneshwar's third over works well for India, was that the best game awareness from their captain? 38/2
    6.2 the slower ball does for Miller. Is that the game? Completely deceives Miller, full and wide outside off, Miller is through his shot, the ball lobs up towards mid-on. Dhawan runs back and takes the reverse-cupped catch 48/3
    14.6 taken at long-on. He's done by the slowness. Seems to have gotten to the pitch of this full ball at middle stump. Looks good as the bat comes on it too, but he's ended up losing his shape at the last moment and got it off the toe-end. Pandey takes neatly to his right 129/4
    17.4 shuffles this time and cuts out the room for himself. Bhuvneshwar has bowled an overpitched ball that's there for the big hit, but Klaasen's weight is falling into the off side as he tries to clear long-on. Ends up hitting it straight to Suresh Raina who gets on one knee to take it with a reverse-cup. Career-best figures for the bowler. 158/6
    19.4 slower ball at a length outside off. Steps out to try and clear long-off. Ends up slicing it into the covers and Chahal takes 175/9
    17.5 holes out to long-on! Morris gone, it's a five-for for Bhuvneshwar and he's on a hat-trick too. Talk about ending the match in one over. It's a slower ball at a length on off stump. He looks to clear long-on too but miscues the shot. Raina has to run in this time and he catches with his fingertips 158/7
    17.6 back of a length outisde off, chopped to point's right...who leaps to his right and gets a hand to cut out the speed on this. Then recovers to pick up and send in a flat throw above the stumps at the striker's end. During the course of all this, the batsmen have somehow though there's a second there. Not even close. Pandya's brilliance gives India a fourth wicket in the over 159/8
    not out
    2
    3
    11
    0
    0
    66.66
    not out
    0
    2
    2
    0
    0
    0.00
    Extras
    8 (b 1, lb 1, nb 1, w 5)
    TOTAL
    175/9 (20 Overs, RR: 8.75)
    Fall of wickets: 1-29 (JT Smuts, 2.5 ov), 2-38 (JP Duminy, 4.6 ov), 3-48 (DA Miller, 6.2 ov), 4-129 (F Behardien, 14.6 ov), 5-154 (RR Hendricks, 17.1 ov), 6-158 (H Klaasen, 17.4 ov), 7-158 (CH Morris, 17.5 ov), 8-159 (D Paterson, 17.6 ov), 9-175 (AL Phehlukwayo, 19.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    B Kumar402456.00101100
    JD Unadkat403318.25115010
    JJ Bumrah403208.0093101
    HH Pandya4045111.2554230
    YS Chahal403919.7554110

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

India led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.30 start, First Session 14.30-15.50 Interval 15.50-16.10, Second Session 16.10-17.30

Match days

18 February 2018 (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar give India 1-0 lead

    Shikhar Dhawan's 72 off 39 balls led India to a total of 203, which they defended comfortably thanks to a five-wicket haul from Bhuvneshwar Kumar

  • New-look SA aim for redemption after ODI debacle

    After the 5-1 defeat in the ODIs, the hosts will be led by JP Duminy in the T20Is while Suresh Raina may feature in India' XI

Bhuvi's blast

1

Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the first India fast bowler to take a five-wicket haul in T20Is and with this he is also the first to take five-fors in all 3 International formats.

India's highest

0

No. of 200-plus totals for India against South Africa in T20Is before this match. 203/5 in this match is India's highest score v SA in 11 matches.

Top start

78

Runs for India in powerplays - their most in any T20I. The previous highest was 77 against Sri Lanka in Nagpur in 2009.