Not just him, it is Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who clinched the incredible 5 wickets becoming the only Indian to get 5 wickets haul in all three formats of cricket.On a whole, this duo played a vital role in India's win against South Africa in the opening Twenty20 global. Bhuvneshwar said South Africa's ploy to unsettle Indian batsmen with short-pitched balls back-fired in the first Twenty20 on Sunday. "Today it was about bowling slower, not giving the batsmen the pace to work with".
Bhuvneshwar's 5/24 are the third-best bowling figures against South Africa.
Clear heads now seem to be few and far between in the Proteas camp at present given the perplexing selections and tactics that have bedevilled their white-ball efforts, and it took one of their rookies, Junior Dala, who made his global debut last weekend in the first T20 at the Wanderers, to try and put matters into perspective. The move didn't pay enough dividend as she pulled a half-tracker by Poonam to Dhar at square leg to perish for a four-ball two. Great start from Junior Dala.
India are now 1-0 up and would be keen to wrap it up tomorrow. Good length ball and it nips back in sharply, Dhawan is hit on the back pad and Morris does not look back, the umpire raises the finger but Dhawan reviews.
India, virtually unchanged despite having already won the series, won the toss and chose to bowl in the sixth and final one-day global against South Africa on Friday. Drama first up at Centurion.
Toss: South Africa won the toss and chose to Field. India gave T20I debut to Shardul Thakur. replacing Jasprit Bumrah who was rested. Chasing on this Centurion deck could get easier.
The rain stopped in between, raising hopes of a shortened match to happen.
Indian captain Virat Kohli said he would also have liked to bowl in view of the weather conditions but said India would be looking to post a good total.
The only time India have lost a T20 against South Africa in South Africa was in March 2012, in Johannesburg.
The collapse continued for South Africa as India struck for the third time in three overs with Deepti trapping Sune Luus in the next over.
In the ongoing tour of South Africa so far, Kohli has notched up 870 runs, including seven sixes and 91 boundaries, from 13 innings he played at an average of 87.00 and a strike rate of 82.38.