South Africa banked on Heinrich Klaasen and skipper JP Duminy to chase down India’s target of 189 runs. Meanwhile, South Africa crawled back to level the series with the final game to be played on Saturday at Cape Town.
Batting first, India posted 188 runs on the scoreboard after a shaky start. Manish Pandey (79*) and MS Dhoni (52*) helped India go closer to the 200-run mark. The duo added 98 runs for the fifth wicket as South African bowlers found it tough to break the partnership. Dhoni was back to the finisher role scoring quick runs at the back while Pandey played a classical knock.
Meanwhile, in reply, South Africa played an attacking game throughout. They targeted Yuzvendra Chahal, who had a rare off day in this tour. Duminy played the waiting game scoring 64 runs from 40 balls while Klaasen took the attack to the opposition. Klaasen departed scoring 69 runs off just 30 deliveries including seven mammoth sixes.
Further, Farhaan Behardien finished the game off scoring 16 runs off 10 balls with six wickets in hand.
Here is the player rating from the second T20I:
Shikhar Dhawan: (6/10)
Dhawan got off to a flier scoring 24 runs off just 14 deliveries. But failed to capitalize on the good start against an inexperienced bowling attack.
Dhawan got out to a loose delivery as he lobbed straight into the hands of mid-off from a full toss delivery.
Rohit Sharma: (1/10)
The classical batsman once again had a bad day in business. Rohit got out from the first delivery off Junior Dala. He was caught plumb in front of the wicket.
However, Rohit will look to come good in the last match and finish the tour on a high.
Suresh Raina: (5/10)
The southpaw saw a promotion in his batting-order on his comeback series. Although he was not outstanding, Raina showed he still has a lot to offer.
Raina came in early as India lost Rohit Sharma in the second over. However, he batted with great authority scoring 30 runs off 24 balls including four boundaries. Further, Raina showed prospects of reducing India’s woes for the second drop batsman.
Virat Kohli: (1/10)
Indian skipper had a rare off in the middle with the bat. Kohli got out at 1 which is the first single-digit score for Kohli in the limited-overs series so far.
Kohli had a great tour so far scoring runs throughout the tour. However, he will aim to finish the tour with a good score in the last and final T20I.
Manish Pandey: (8/10)
Pandey showed some stability in the middle-order playing two useful partnership in the middle overs. He played some good shots to help India post a challenging total.
Pandey remained unbeaten on 79 runs off just 48 balls deliveries. His knock included six boundaries and three massive sixes.
MS Dhoni: (9/10)
Vintage Dhoni was back on display today as he finished the Indian innings in great style. Dhoni put an accelerator after starting a bit slow.
However, he hammered the ball once he started middling it. His knock of unbeaten 52 included four boundaries and three sixes.
Hardik Pandya: (4/10)
It was an average show from India’s premier all-rounder. Although he removed the dangerous David Miller, the job was done by then. Pandya bagged a single wicket giving away 31 runs.
Pandya had a very average tour as he came good on rare occasions, however, much was expected out of him.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: (6/10)
The man-of-the-match from the last game, Kumar couldn’t take his name to the wicket list. However, he was economical in a high-scoring encounter.
Kumar bowled 3 overs, giving away only 19 runs, but failed to provide breakthroughs, unlike the previous game.
Jaydev Unadkat: (5/10)
The left-arm seamer was India’s highest wicket-taker in this match. However, he went for plenty off runs as South Africa chased down 188 runs.
Unadkat, who bagged a hefty sum in IPL claimed two wickets giving away 42 runs from 3.4 overs.
Shardul Thakur: (5/10)
The young pacer from Mumbai replaced Jasprit Bumrah in the team, however, couldn’t replicate Bumrah’s contribution to the team. He returned with one wicket from his quota of four overs giving away 31 runs.
Shardul will learn from this experience and will come out a better bowler.
Yuzvendra Chahal: (1/10)
The young leg-spinner had a rare off-day on this tour as he went for plenty. Chahal was hit for 64 runs from his four overs as South Africa inched closer to the target.
However, it is likely that Chahal missed bowling with his partner Kuldeep Yadav as he failed to find the perfect rhythm.
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