Result
2nd T20I (N), Centurion, Feb 21 2018, India tour of South Africa
188/4
(18.4/20 ov, target 189)
189/4
South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
South Africa
2:31
1y
• The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

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

Match centre 
Commentator: Varun Shetty
Scorecard summary
India188/4(20 overs)
South Africa189/4(18.4 overs)

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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.

18.4
6
Unadkat to Duminy, SIX runs
in style! South Africa win with eight balls to spare. Unadkat goes for the yorker but ends up putting in an overpitched ball on leg stump. Duminy leans back, gets the front leg out of the way and lifts it over the wide long-on boundary
18.3
6
Unadkat to Duminy, SIX runs
full toss swatted over square leg. Duminy steps out and suddenly realises he's running at one that could catch him flush in the mid-riff. But he shows incredibly fast hands to get under this and send it sailing
18.2
1
Unadkat to Behardien, 1 run
offcutter, short and wide outside off. Slashed to third man off the thick outside edge
18.2
1w
Unadkat to Behardien, 1 wide
short of a length and wide outside off. Left alone
18.1
2
Unadkat to Behardien, 2 runs
offcutter outside off at a length. Waits for it to arrive and uses his wrists to pull this down to deep square leg

Around the wicket

end of over 1810 runs
SA: 173/4CRR: 9.61 • RRR: 8.00 • Need 16 from 12b
Jean-Paul Duminy52 (38)
Farhaan Behardien13 (8)
Shardul Thakur4-0-31-1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar3-0-19-0

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."

17.6
4
Thakur to Duminy, FOUR runs
an inside edge of the highest quality to bring up a much-needed fifty for JP Duminy. Slower ball at a length outside off. Swipes across the line and gets it past Dhoni

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"

17.5
1
Thakur to Behardien, 1 run
slower ball, dropped short outside off. Enough time to adjust and pull to deep square
17.4
1
Thakur to Duminy, 1 run
falls short of deep cover. Duminy slices this. It's a knuckle ball, length and wide outside off. Miscued drive

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

17.3
1
Thakur to Behardien, 1 run
slower ball, floated up at off stump. Driven to mid-off

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."

17.2
2
Thakur to Behardien, 2 runs
short ball at middle stump, hangs tall and tickles it to fine leg's right
17.1
1
Thakur to Duminy, 1 run
short ball on middle stump, pulled hard and straight to Pandya who slips in the deep but manages to get his body behind this

Sid Monga tells us there's steady rain now. Harder than earlier. Par at the moment is 151 for 4.

end of over 177 runs
SA: 163/4CRR: 9.58 • RRR: 8.66 • Need 26 from 18b
Jean-Paul Duminy46 (35)
Farhaan Behardien9 (5)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar3-0-19-0
Yuzvendra Chahal4-0-64-0

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."

16.6
1
Kumar to Duminy, 1 run
slower ball full at middle stump, flicked to deep midwicket

Ash B: "Pretty ordinary captaincy from Kohli. He could have tried Raina when Chahal was so obviously having such a bad day. "

16.5
Kumar to Duminy, no run
bouncer o middle stump, ducks under it
16.4
2
Kumar to Duminy, 2 runs
length on middle stump, pushes forward and flicks this between long-on and deep midwicket

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

16.3
1
Kumar to Behardien, 1 run
short of a length wide outside off. Cut straight to point...who lets it through

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."

16.2
1
Kumar to Duminy, 1 run
length on middle stump, flicked to deep midwicket on the up
16.1
2
Kumar to Duminy, 2 runs
slower ball at a length pushed wide outside off. Carves it to sweeper's right and they come back for the second
end of over 1614 runs
SA: 156/4CRR: 9.75 • RRR: 8.25 • Need 33 from 24b
Farhaan Behardien8 (4)
Jean-Paul Duminy40 (30)
Yuzvendra Chahal4-0-64-0
Hardik Pandya4-0-31-1
15.6
2
Chahal to Behardien, 2 runs
dropped. It's got to be hard, thrust into this much pressure on the world stage. Chahal is completely out of it now. This is a good ball, beats the batsman in flight on a length at off stump. He chips it straight back to the bowler who tips it over
Best performances - batsmen
MK Pandey
79 runs (48)
6 fours
3 sixes
Control79%
Productive shot
slog shot
22 runs
1 fours
3 sixes
9444561136
H Klaasen
69 runs (30)
3 fours
7 sixes
Control64%
Productive shot
pull
23 runs
1 fours
3 sixes
21412731525
Best performances - bowlers
CJ Dala
O
4
M
1
R
28
W
2
Eco
7.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
JD Unadkat
O
3.4
M
0
R
42
W
2
Eco
11.45
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossSouth Africa , elected to field first
SeriesIndia tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Heinrich Klaasen
Series result3-match series level 1-1
Match numberT20I no. 654
Season2017/18
Hours of play (local time)18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.20 Interval 19.20-19.40, Second Session 19.40-21.00
Match days21 February 2018 - night match (20-over match)
T20I debut
Shardul Thakur
Umpires
Allahudien Paleker
Bongani Jele
TV Umpire
Adrian Holdstock
Reserve Umpire
Shaun George
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft