Bhuvneshwar Kumar Reveals The Real Reason Behind India's Victory In First T20I

Kohli struck three centuries in the six-match series and is the only Indian to notch up three tons in a bilateral series.

"We tried and unfortunately there were a few missed opportunities throughout the game but we will definitely come back stronger in the next game and I believe that". The pacers were too short - which wasn't a great plan considering they bowled without a third-man in the initial stages - and India's batsmen feasted on the offerings.

"I honestly don't believe that we are dropping our heads and our body language is bad". The team already clinched the ODI series and it was phenomenally done by the team.

South Africa, on the other hand, will look to bounce back to keep themselves alive in the series.

The momentum however, stayed with the Indians as Raina and Manish Pandey added 45 runs between them off the next five overs. Miles away from where South Africa practised on Tuesday afternoon to gear up for yet another T20 encounter with Virat Kohli & Co., Steven Smith has been busy planning his next move.

But the Indians' relief was only temporary as Dala struck the first blow for the hosts with a delivery that kept low and trapped and outfoxed Rohit Sharma plumb before the stumps. I thought we could get over the line chasing this target but we didn't put the partnerships together. He has enough IPL experience and has played against these bowlers. "They have a high standard in terms of execution but I am not blaming that", he explained.

"Whether it's myself or Dane, JP has faith and confidence in us and that's all we need", Dala said.

South Africa would want to return to winning ways and take the series to the third and final T20, where they would love to have a go at winning the series rather than saving it.

Kumar said, "Whenever India goes overseas, the reputation is that India are not good at batting against short bowling". Reeza Hendricks - and Farhan Behardien to some extent - were able to score well in the first match.

They would also be hoping that Chloe Tryon, who struck a 15-ball 34 in the previous game, continues her good form. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is now the first Indian to have a five-for in each format, but he knows better than to look at just the wickets. There is as Duminy said Sunday, no place to hide, it's front up or shut up, for those two in particular this week.

  • Julie Sanders