The Average score batting first in last six games at Centurion was 171 while five of those were won by the side batting first. South Africa subtle to finish with side batting second by beating India by 6 wickets in 2nd T20I. A blistering knock by Heinrich Klaasen helped South Africa to level the series one-all. This win will surely give them confidence for the final T20. Klaasen hit his maiden fifty in just his second T20 game and named Player of the Match.
RSA vs IND: The Scorecard
- South Africa won the Toss and opt to Bowl
- India 188-4 in 20 overs (Pandey 79 and Dhoni 52, Junior Dala 2-28) lost to
- South Africa 189-4 in 18.4 overs (Klaasen 69 and Duminy 64, 2-42) by 6 wickets.
Earlier in the day, India put a challenging target of 189 for Africans. In which, Rohit again hurt Indian spectators’ feelings. The top three notable batsmen were sent back inside the power-play. Then, Raina and Pandey added a short partnership that restored the innings. India descends with 4-wickets down in 10.4 overs. Now, came Dhoni who initiated with Pandey to flourish team’s score to demanding 188. MSD and Pandey tormented the African bowlers as Pandey hit 19 in 9th over and MSD hit 18 in last over. Dhoni today, can be seen as his past days style of hitting as a finisher. Both scored their precious fifty. In the last 10.2 overs India scored 103 runs.
RSA vs IND: Klaasen Blitz helped Proteas win
South African start was also not much interesting as they lost both their opening duo. After the openers surrendered, Indians were joined by South Africa’s enforcers Duminy and Klaasen. Both raised the team score while hitting boundaries. Then, rain starts to drizzle but game didn’t stop and both the hitters keep fetching quick runs. The one big over of Chahal granted 23 runs to Africans which helped them chase the target. He had an unpleasant day as he gave huge 64 runs in his 4 wicket-less overs spell. The expert T20 batting from Klaasen. He scored 69 runs in just 29 deliveries along with hitting 7 sixes.
In Centurion, hosts managed to proceed with a major win as they level the series by 1-1. Next and last is the upcoming final between the two principal powers of World Cricket. Till then Good Bye!