Hyderabad: India registered a comfortable win against the Proteas in the second T20 at Mohali on Wednesday by 7 wickets. Skipper, Virat Kohli led from the front as India showed no signs of mercy to the Quinton de Kock and co.
Virat won the toss and put South Africa to bat as the new set of bowlers were looking to restrict the South African side to a small score. Deepak Chahar got an early break-through in the form of Reeza Hendricks as skipper Quinton de Kock and debutant Temba Bavuma took charge of the SA innings.
Quinton scored a half-century as Bavuma got out one short from his maiden fifty in his debut T20. Skipper, Quinton de Kock got out courtesy of a magnificent one-handed flyer from Indian skipper, Virat Kohli.
Wickets fell in a flurry as the Indian bowlers kept the run rate in check and restricted South Africa to 149/5 in their 20 overs.
The Indian openers then walked out to bat as they had a target of 150 to chase in 20 overs. Rohit Sharma hit 2 sixes as he got out to Phehlukwayo.
Captain Virat Kohli walked in to bat. Delhi boys Dhawan and Kohli cinched a match-winning partnership as Dhawan got out for 40.
Kohli brought up his 22nd half-century in the shortest format as he surpassed fellow teammate Rohit Sharma to become the highest run-scorer in T20s. He also averaged more than 50 in all three formats with his knock of 72(52)* He was also adjudged the Man of the Match for his knock of 72.
He now averages 50.85 in T20s, 60.31 in ODIs and 53.14 in Test matches. India also leads the T20 series 1-0 with the last T20 to be played at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.