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.
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.
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.
Pant not doing his cause any good. Poorly executed pull to a rank long hop. This after he was promoted to give him more time in the middle. Wont sit well with the team management for sure
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 18, 2019
Rishabh pant does a Rishabh pant. Enough! He just wasted up every chance he has given.He should get back to domestic cricket improve his basics and temparment and again should make a comeback to intl level#12YearsOfHitmanInT20I
— im_harun_45 (@Harun_264) September 18, 2019
Enough is enough now!
It's high time for Team India to give some chance to another young talent like Sanju Samson when they can clearly see that Rishabh Pant is not able to prove his worth and failing miserably… https://t.co/8VjVFojHyK
— cricketit (@cricketit2) September 18, 2019
Rishabh Pant is going to get a rap on the knuckles after this shot. #IndvsSA
— Gautam chauhan (@Gautamchauhan2) September 18, 2019
So called Rishabh pant fans who supported him endlessly during IPL
where r u now ? 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/97VofvR192
— Krishna Saketh (@SakethC7) September 18, 2019
Man of the Match is Rishabh Pant
Well played boy pic.twitter.com/KrxXTSF0VE
— Sajan Randhawa (@crtified_fan_AK) September 18, 2019
Rishabh Pant must know that Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan knocking the white-ball cricket door…
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) September 18, 2019
Hey @NetflixIndia just compile Rishabh Pant's dismissals and launch it. Many would laugh, many would get angry.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 18, 2019
Hey @BCCI ,don’t know ur future plans but wd like to suggest to look for other options as well other than Rishabh pant like @ishankishan51 sanju samson etc.seems like u have adopted Rishabh pant & he being the only child whatever he does is Good. Select those who really deserves.
— Aanand Gautam (@TheAanandGautam) September 18, 2019
Enough chances to Rishabh Pant @BCCI @RaviShastriOfc
Irresponsible… No maturity at all… Over confident… He thinks his spot is fixed and now no one cane replace him… We have many talented players better than him… Consider Sanju Samson…
— Rajan Vyas (@Rajanvyas3) September 18, 2019
— Ganesh Kondawar (@ganesh_kondawar) September 18, 2019
— Bhargava B (@bhargava_badda) September 18, 2019