India produced by a clinical effort led by skipper Virat Kohli from the front as the host take an unassailable 1-0 lead against South Africa in Mohali. Kohli remained unbeaten on 72 runs as the Men in Blues beat the Proteas by seven wickets with one over to spare. However, poor form Rishabh Pant continues to haunt team India as the young batsman failed to deliver once again.

Batting first, South Africa managed to post only 149 runs after a swashbuckling start from their new skipper Quinton de Kock. They added 78 runs in the first ten over with de Kock and debutant Temba Bavuma keep the visitors on track. But once de Kock was out thanks to Virat Kohli’s spectacular catch, India crawled back in the game.

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Virat Kohli. Credit: BCCI

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South Africa scored only 27 runs in the last four overs and 16 off those came in the final over as they managed to post a par score of 149 runs. India bowlers bowled the slower deliveries to perfection in the second half to restrict the Proteas to a moderate total.

In pursuit, things may not have gone according to plan, but the presence of Virat Kohli for the most part of the innings made it look like a cakewalk. Rohit Sharma got a good one from Phehlukwayo, and Dhawan was a tad unlucky as he got out to a stunner of a catch from David Miller.

Rishabh Pant walked in only to get out in the blink of an eye in a manner only he could get out. But Kohli remained unbeaten on 72 runs to take India home alongside Shreyas Iyer. While most things have gone according to the plan, Pant’s form has kept the management on their toes.

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Virat Kohli. Credit: BCCI

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The young wicket-keeper batsman has failed to show maturity required at this level and thrown his wicket. He had a horrible series against West Indies returning with only one half-century and his poor run continues. The social media didn’t spare Rishabh Pant failure as they came down hard on the Delhi cricketer.

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