South Africa got off to a brilliant start banking on their skipper Quinton de Kock after India asked them to bat first in Mohali. But a moment of brilliance from Virat Kohli changed the course of the game. Kohli plucked an outstanding catch to dismiss de Kock and bring the host back in the game.
De Kock, who is captaining the side for the first time, got off the blocks to provide his side with a blistering start. While Reeza Hendricks struggled to get going Quinton de Kock kept hitting the boundaries before Deepak Chahar drew the first blood removing Hendricks.
However, it didn’t stop the South Africa skipper from taking on the Indian bowlers. Temba Bavuma, who is playing his first game provided a perfect cushion rotating the strike while the odd boundaries kept coming. Virat Kohli tried all his options but found it hard to curb Quinton de Kock’s brilliance.
The southpaw brought his half-century in quick time as the visiting team posted 78 runs at the end of the first ten overs. As South Africa looked to take the game away from India, Kohli’s moment of brilliance brought back the home side into the game.
Virat Kohli ran a few meters and then jumped to take a one-handed diving catch to dismiss Quinton de Kock. It was a short-length delivery from Navdeep Saini cramping de Kock for room. The batsman goes for the pull and splices it straight back over Saini.
The India skipper runs across from mid-off and then stretches both his hands to take the catch. The best part, however, was that Kohli ensured that the ball does not pop out of his hand. Virat Kohli looked pumped up as his fist pump in celebration.
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– 22 #ViratKohli *
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