After the first T20 being washed out in Dharamsala, the 3-match T20I series has been reduced to two matches, the first of which was played in Mohali where India defeated South Africa by 7 wickets. After being asked to bat first, South Africa were restricted to 149/5 despite impressive knocks from skipper Quinton de Kock (52) and Temba Bavuma (49). For India, Deepak Chahar took two wickets, while Navdeep Saini, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja grabbed a scalp each.
Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 72 off just 52 balls helped India to a victory over South Africa by seven wickets in the second T20 International in Mohali on Wednesday.
Chasing a target of 150, the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma gave India a flying start as they added 30 runs in the first three overs.
Rohit fell cheaply inside powerplay for 12 runs. Dhawan, however, stitched over 50-run partnership with the Indian skipper and got India to a strong position.
With the excellent knock, Kohli broke another records as the Indian skipper continued to amaze cricket fans with some sensational batting. Kohli smashed three sixes and four boundaries in his innings as he attacked the South African bowlers with his striking ability.
Kohli received his 11th man of the match award after an awe-inspiring knock against South Africa, which helped him equal Afridi (11) on the second number in the all-time list after Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi (12).
With his match-winning knock, Kohli overtook Rohit Sharma to become the batsman with most runs in T20I cricket. Kohli now has 2441 runs from 71 matches as he took his T20I average past 50 once again.
Virat Kohli went onto register his 22nd half-century in T20Is and surpassed Rohit’s tally of 21 fifties. Kohli now has most 50+ scores in the shortest form of the game.
Kohli also became the only batsman to have his batting average above 50 in all three formats of the game in the course of his spectacular knock against South Africa.
Kohli now averages 53.14 in Tests, 60.31 in ODIs and 50.85 in T20Is. This is not the first time Kohli has achieved this feat. He averaged over 50 in three formats even last year.
Highlights : India vs South Africa
- Kohli defend his reputation as the master of this white-ball game.
- Kohli played 72 runs unbeaten innings against South Africa and adjudged as the Man of the Match.
- India lead the series by 1-0 after the 1st T20 wash-out.
- With his match-winning knock, Kohli overtook Rohit Sharma to become the batsman with most runs in T20I cricket.
- Virat Kohli went onto to register his 22nd half-century in T20Is and surpassed Rohit’s tally of 21 fifties.