Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

South Africa Level series

South Africa Level series

Heinrich Klaasen came of age as an global cricketer with a magnificent assault on the Indian bowlers as he helped guide the Proteas to a timely six-wicket victory in the second T20 in Centurion on Wednesday night. To make matters worse for the hosts, Hendricks departed in the final ball off the next over when he was holed out by Hardik Pandya at deep square leg off Shardul Thakur.

On the other hand, Duminy remained unbeaten at 64 off 40 balls, coupled with four fours and three sixes.

Yuzvendra Chahal (0/64) got an absolute mauling at the hands of Klaasen and Duminy and went completely off the boil sending down a weird final over, the sixteenth of the chase, in which he might have had Duminy stumped and dropped Behardien.

Klaasen, continuing his good form from the ODIs, played a blistering innings of 69 off 30 balls.

On the ongoing tour of South Africa, Kohli first scored 286 runs in three Tests and then followed it up with 558 in six ODIs, including three tons. Thereafter Duminy took the onus on himself to guide South Africa home and together with Farhaan Behardien (16 not out) shared unconquered 48 runs for the fifth wicket to seal the series-levelling victory. Manish Pandey top scored for India with a brilliant knock of 79 but it was Dhoni's half century that fans enjoyed the most. The arrival of MS Dhoni, however, brought the much-needed calmness to the Indian innings. Duminy thus silenced his critics in style as he clubbed consecutive sixes to finish off the match. Being asked to bat first by the South African captain India lost Rohit Sharma the very first ball and India seemed in trouble.

South Africa defeated India by six wickets in the must-win encounter at Supersport Park in Centurion on Wednesday.

But thereafter, Shikhar Dhawan (24 off 14) came to the party and clobbered Chris Morris for two fours and as many sixes in the third over over to up the ante. The two anchored the Indian innings brilliantly and took India to 188 in 20 overs. Dhawan then hit some lusty shots to the fence, before getting out to an innocuous delivery from off spinner Duminy. India received a big blow in the next over when skipper Virat Kohli gloved a rising Dala delivery straight to Klaasen behind the stumps. The duo ensured that India added 100 runs in the last 10 overs. But the dangerous-looking partnership was broken by Andile Phehlukwayo in the 11th over when he had Raina LBW.

Some of the glaring mistakes by the Proteas were bowling at the death where they conceded 55 runs in the last four overs and Junior Dala dropping Dhoni on 35 in the penultimate over. His knock included three fours and seven gigantic sixes.

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