India Vs South Africa T20
Shikhar Dhawan’s 72 runs of 39-ball with 10 fours and two sixes and fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar (five wickets for 24 runs) helped India to win against South Africa in the first Twenty20 International Cricket match on Sunday. India beat South Africa by 28 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
India scored a strong score of 203 for five wickets, which was India’s highest score in Twenty20 against South Africa. Bhuvneshwar’s best bowling attack stopped South Africa on 175 for 9 wickets. With this win, India won the seventh match in the last eight matches against South Africa.
For the first time in his career, Bhuvneshwar took five wickets in his Twenty20. He broke the top order of South Africa by sending the top three batsmen of the hosts team to pavilion. Bhuvi finished the host’s struggle by sending Ria Henriques, who scored the highest 70 runs for South Africa.
Farhan Behardien made 39 and Henrik Klassen 16 runs. Henriques scored eight boundaries and a six in his 50-ball innings. Apart from Bhuvai’s five wickets, Jaydev Unadkat, Hardik Pandya and Yuswendra Chahal took one wicket each.
Earlier, Sikhar Dhawan made the fourth half-century of his Twenty20 career which pushed India to reach 200 runs. Shikhar completed his 50 runs in 27 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes. Shikhar was dismissed for 155 in the 15th over as the fourth batsman.
Dhawan added for the first wicket with Rohit Sharma (21), Suresh Raina (15) for the second wicket, 26 runs for the third wicket with captain Virat Kohli (26) and 59 for the third wicket with Manish Pandey (29 not out) and 47 runs for the fourth wicket, due to which India was in strong position.
Rohit gave a good start in the first over of Dan Pietersen, he scored 18 runs with help of two sixes, including a four. However, once again he was sent to pavillion in the second over. Rohit scored 21 with two fours and two sixes in his from 9 balls.
Virat scored 26 runs in 20 balls with two fours and a six. Later Virat was caught by Tabrez Shamsi.