India vs South Africa, 2nd T20I at Centurion

Team India is leading the three-match T20 series by 1-0 and this is a must-win game for South Africa to stay alive in the series. India deployed only Chahal in the T20Is, and Chahal has been expensive. Raina, with his ability to bowl off-spinners, would be tempting and like Pandey, he is a gun fielder.

Here, we look at the key talking points ahead of Wednesday's clash. Don't be surprised if Kohli walks out at No. 3 instead of Suresh Raina.

Earlier, Manish Pandey and MS Dhoni scored quickfire half-centuries to help visitors post a fighting total after a awful start.

"I wouldn't say I am knocking down a place in the team". "The weather made it hard for the bowlers".

It meant that skipper JP Duminy, from the first ball he faced, was trying to get his side above the Duckworth/Lewis score.

If he can get 130 runs more in the remaining two games, he could become only the second batsman in history after Viv Richards to breach the 1000-run mark in one tour.

The constant drizzle helped ease out conditions as the pitch had proven slow earlier on. Kohli praised South African batsmen for constructing their chase well. "So I went off before I would tear a muscle". "They were positive and took calculated risks". "They wanted to bowl short but it didn't really work well for them", he said. They showed the passion which is needed to win games of cricket.

Toss: South Africa won the toss and made a decision to Field.

"At the toss, we spoke about this being a semi-final and taking the series to Newlands". In fact, batting has been our Achilles heel throughout this Indian tour in the short format. While India bagged a mammoth 205 losing 5 wickets, Proteas managed to hit only 175 runs in all 20 overs. "Pretty easy win in the end", he said. That said, given it is a decider, we shouldn't expect shocking moves. "In the first five or six overs, we actually tried to keep up with Duckworth-Lewis". That just gave us small targets. He transformed into very good T20 bowler as well.

The last over of Bhuvneshwar's spell, which was the 18th of SA innings, saw him take three of his five wickets; however, he missed out on a hat-trick.

"Whenever India goes overseas, the reputation is that India are not good at batting against short bowling". Certainly will be a good crowd for Cape Town. "It'll be nice to play in front of my home crowd (in the next match) and hopefully, we put up a spectacle there", he added. Especially when I was playing amateur cricket, there were a couple of quality leggies when I started my career. When he gave me that target of 10 runs, it just took all the fear away. It came off tonight. "Want 2 spend quality time with her once I go back. luv u all to d moon & back!", Dhawan had captioned on his official Twitter handle on Tuesday. Klaasen said his attack on Chahal has not been pre-meditated. India need to tame their overall economy, but their batsmen have been giving the bowlers enough runs to play with consistently, handing them a huge advantage over the Proteas.

India has many options in their kitty.

"In the first over he told me that I must be calm and play my normal game and that is how it worked out". Being a finger spinner, Patel would have controlled the ball better in wet conditions and even fired in yorker-length quicker ones on the pads to control the run deluge. I am happy with it.

"If on Saturday in Cape Town happens to be my last match for the Proteas‚ so be it because my dream is fulfilled".

  • Zachary Reyes