Klaasen, Duminy fifties help South Africa draw level
Half-centuries from Heinrich Klaasen and JP Duminy helped South Africa chase down 189 with eight balls remaining
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JP Duminy: At the toss we spoke about this being a semi-final and taking the series to Newlands. We kept our composure with the bat after taking early wickets. I just thought the way Klaasen came and played with freedom - we kept up with the rate. It was raining pretty similarly in our innings as well but I was comfortable when we were ahead of the rate. [The maiden first over] really set the tone. They came at us but the key for us was taking the wickets and we got three up front. To chase down 189 is a pretty good effort. It'll be nice to play in front of him home crowd [in the next match] and hopefully we put up a spectacle there.
Klaasen: It's really special, at my home ground - it was something I dreamt of as a kid. [About his various sweeps] Not a wicketkeeper thing, you just gotta put the bowler under pressure and show them your skills. I've got a cool, calm head at the moment and I'm pleased with my cricket over the last year and a half.
Heinrich Klaasen is the Man of the Match.
Virat Kohli: It was a tough one for the bowlers. We were looking at 175 with the loss of early wickets. Manish and Raina batted well and then Manish and MS got us to 190. I thought it was a winning total. Then the weather made it hard for the bowlers. Till the 12th over it was fine but the drizzle made it bad. South Africa took calculated risks, credit to them. [About the conditions] We didn't really have problems with the conditions, it was a constant drizzle, was fine to play. We expect them to show a fight and show some heart and they deserved to win tonight.
WATCH - Duminy wins it with a six (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)
Amaresh: "Good match... Enjoyed the DLS thrills too... "
Samrat Ahuja: "Fantastic innings under pressure by Duminy! Leading his side to victory! Supported Klaasen well, took over when Klaasen got dismissed, and also got wicket of Dhawan when he was starting to score freely! Match winning performance!"
Tahir: "India were already short of few runs when Kohli missed out. SA missed out last game narrowly but this time they tailored the chase with tight bowling. Pandey's effort looks useless. It was hard to mess with Dumini while Klassen showed his class again."
Prem: "Kohli has a long way to go as a captain. The way MSD used to, making decisions on the field as opposed to conventional textbook practices. "
vipra: "Penultimate over should be bowled by best bowler and it was Bhuvi! and now, the score card read 1 over from him left unused! Pedestrian captaincy today .."
Tony: "Great chase by SA. Klassen/Duminy all class. Hard luck to Dhoni and Pandey on ending up on losing side after good knocks. After quite a few win, Chahal lost this match for India. He may be getting fatigued. He might need to be rested for next game."
9:21pm South Africa have a shot at the series. The teams shake hands as they walk off. My colleague Sid Monga has an observation: "Once again, Kohli keeps his best bowler for the last. Once again, India's best bowler has bowled the fewest overs."
But how good were South Africa? The promotion of Klaasen, the annihilation of Chahal, and Duminy steering the chase from one end. All this followed a batting innings that had put the momentum completely in India's favour. But remember, they snuck in two maidens there as well. It all adds up in the end. It's going to be a good one in Cape Town.
Around the wicket
Prem: "@nakul - that's not true. Everyone is a professional and should accept when they are not having a good day. Should learn a trick from SA using more than 5 bowlers."
Pradeep D: "It's hard to judge if kohli is attacking or trying to get chahal's overs out of the way when he goes for runs like today. Sometimes u need to bring strike bowlers back in the middle overs to get a wkt"
Parvez: "Jimmy: "Everyone was singing praises about India wrist spinners and their confidence of tossing the ball up so often. But looking at Chahal today, it's proved that no-one is really immune to pressure."- Conditions buddy try balling with a soap and you will know the law of slipperiness" --- I believe slipperiness is the scientific term
Nakul: "@AshB - Kohli taking out Chahal from attack would put Chahal in even more pressure not just in this game but also for the future. He may think that his captain does not fully support him when things go bad."
Sid Monga tells us there's steady rain now. Harder than earlier. Par at the moment is 151 for 4.
WATCH - Miller caught at fine leg (Available only to viewers in the Indian subcontinent)M
Jimmy: "Everyone was singing praises about India wrist spinners and their confidence of tossing the ball up so often. But looking at Chahal today, it's proved that no-one is really immune to pressure."
Ribhav Bansal: "Stat Alert : Chahal just bowled the most expensive spell by an Indian in T20Is of 4-0-64-0. The previous most expensive spell was by Joginder Sharma against England in Durban, the 2007 T20 World Cup."
Ash B: "Pretty ordinary captaincy from Kohli. He could have tried Raina when Chahal was so obviously having such a bad day. "
Aravind: "A wicket right now would mess up SA's DLS par score surely? Imagine if Chahal had held on to that catch. Just not his day in any sense!" --- They'd still be ahead comfortably, but point taken
Abid Ali: "Feel for Chahal here, conditions not ideal adding Klassen's masterclass. He will bounce back. Every player has a bad game. Will bounce back in the next game."