After the first T-20 getting abandoned due to heavy rains in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, the second T-20 was not a letdown. Mohali saw some really good cricket today thanks to the Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
India won the toss and chose to field first. South Africa was not able to set a big score as a target for the Indian batsmen to chase. Though captain Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma played well hitting 52(37) and 49(43) respectively though the rest of the line-up was not able to do much.
Deepak Chahar took 2 wickets while Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini and Hardik Pandya took a wicket each. The game-changing moment for India was when Kohli caught de Kock out. It surely stopped extra 30 runs coming up from the way de Kock was playing. Let us appreciate the way Chahar played. He ceded 22 runs in 4 overs taking a couple of wickets and has surely been labelled as a dependable player for India.
The second innings started with Rohit Sharma getting out early. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli had a beautiful 68 run partnership for the second wicket. Dhawan got out for 40(31) as David Miller caught an impossible catch at the edge of the boundary. It was beautiful how both Kohli and Dhawan reacted to that catch. The true spirit of sportsmanship.
Then came in Rishabh Pant and once more he had a disappointing game. He got out at 4. Shreyas Iyer came in next and played a 16*(14) run knock while Kohli ended up hitting his 22nd half-century (72* in 52 balls). Kohli surpassed Rohit Sharma in hitting the most number of half-centuries in T-20 cricket.
India won the match by 7 wickets.