India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli and Co thrashed South Africa in First T20
A masterclass unbeaten 72 from Virat Kohli enabled team India to crush an inexperienced South Africa by 7 wickets in the first T20. South Africa had to open the game as Virat Kohli invited the visitors to bat first. Though Quinton de Kock laid a solid foundation for the visitors with a quick 52 (37) at the top, Proteas failed to put a fighting total on the scoreboard. Temba Bavuma did score a precious 49 off 43 balls, but it clearly lacked the pace needed in T20s. Prime hitter David Miller could not do much in the end as visiting team ended their innings at 149/5 in 20 overs. Kudos for Virat Kohli as he rightly assessed the pitch conditions and asked his bowlers to take pace off the ball. Deepak Chahar had a brilliant evening as he registered the figures 2/22 in his four overs.
India had a decent start with the bat as they scored 49/1 by the end of the first Power Play. Rohit Sharma deposited couple of deliveries off Anrich Nortje over the boundary line, but those were the only runs he scored in the match. Andile Phehlukwayo sent him to the pavilion for a brief 12 runs inviting Kohli to the crease. With Shikhar Dhawan at the other end, it was like a cakewalk for the master of chasing. He went on to score a splendid 72 off 52 deliveries with 4 boundaries and 3 sixes. Dhawan scored 40 off 31 balls before he fell for Tabraiz Shamsi. King Kohli completed the job of taking India to the destination with one over remaining. Phehlukwayo and Shamsi took one wicket each while other Proteas bowlers proved expensive.
Milestones and Records
Virat Kohli is now the leading run scorer (2,440) in T20s, Rohit Sharma is challenging him with 2434 runs.
Kohli’s average in chasing –
ODIs – 68.50
T20s – 81.23
Kohli is now the only batsman to have 50+ average in all three formats –
ODIs – 60.31
Tests – 53.14
T20s – 50.85
India is now leading the three-match series with 1 – 0 as the first match got cancelled without bowling a single ball. Last match will be played on Sunday in Bengaluru, let’s expect a thrilling decider.