However, South Africa turned things around quickly in the second T20I at Centurion on Wednesday as they levelled the series with a clinical six-wicket victory over the visitors. In the first T20I, they outbatted the Proteas and in the second, rain and a Heinrich Klaasen master knock took the game away the Indian team. The Men in Blue were dealt with an early blow when Rohit Sharma departed for a duck. However, he fell for 24 and that put breaks to the run-rate of the Indian innings.
7- Sixes hit by Klaasen in his match-winning innings, which are the joint third-most by any batsman against India in T20Is. While Smuts' didn't make much of a difference as he had scored only two runs, Hendricks' wicket was a big loss for SA as he had scored a quick 26 runs in 23 balls. Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina quickly started their onslaught.
Dhoni and Pandey shared a vital unbeaten 98-run partnership as they accelerated the scoring. Raina and Kohli managed only one run between them before Kohli was caught by Heinrich Klaasen off Junior Dala's bowling.
Dala has made a fabulous start to his T20I career with four wickets already in two matches. "In the first five or six overs, we actually tried to keep up with Duckworth-Lewis". Duminy not only batted well today, but also bowled excellently during the first innings.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni rolled back the years in stunning style as he left the hosts reeling with his power-hitting.
With South Africa way ahead of the DLS par score and the pressure now on India, Kohli brought in Unadkat to bowl the 14th over. Kohli praised South African batsmen for constructing their chase well. "So it is not easy to get a run a ball", he added. Although their bowling suffered once again, it was their batting that clicked in this match and got them over the line comfortably, chasing down a target of 189 runs with eight deliveries to spare. At home they have won 1 out of 4 series, and the 3 defeats came in their last 3 home series. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal struggled to control the wet ball and was hit for 64 runs in four overs. With South Africa winning the Test series, and India the ODI series, the victor of the T20 series will determine the real champion between both the sides.
Jaydev Unadkat and T20 worldwide debutant Shardul Thakur, in for the injured Jasprit Bumrah, dismissed JJ Smuts and Reeza Hendricks respectively as the Proteas were reduced to 38-2 after five overs. However, he was rendered effect-less by the two half-centurions in the match and he was unable to stop their march towards a series-levelling win.